Tips for learning birdsongs?
April 21, 2014 7:52 AM Subscribe
The birds are back in town, and I wake up early enough to hear their songs before the traffic drowns them out. I'm no birder--I don't think I can identify any bird by its call, and only the five most "identifiable" birds by sight (and I'm probably wrong). What apps (iOS) and websites do you recommend to learn bird songs?
Ideally, I'd like something that 1) can be focused on New England (or the northeast), but includes other regions I can audition when traveling, 2) can be set to order by prevalence (I'd like to know what the birds in my neighborhood are first and foremost, not the rare blue-crested lobster hawk that only lives on Mount Shawmut), and 3) has a game/ear training component, not just an index of sounds I can trigger. I have a book of birds I can consult to learn more, but it would be nice if the app (if it's an app) has some data on the bird, not just its call.
Paid is OK, but free or cheep (see what I did there?) is great.