Ornithology B/C

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Re: Ornithology B/C

Postby amerikestrel » October 29th, 2010, 12:37 pm

Ok, in the Cornell Lab with bird calls, for some birds there are literally 5 calls... so does anyone know if the test will include songs and mating calls and all of those extra vocalizations?
There are no guarantees of anything. A test could include obscure vocalizations, but it's very unlikely.
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Re: Ornithology B/C

Postby paleonaps » October 29th, 2010, 5:09 pm

As a rule of thumb- learn the basic song of every bird. THEN learn the obscure ones.
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Re: Ornithology B/C

Postby SFCMS » October 29th, 2010, 5:37 pm

Ok thank you.

And is there a website you guys recommend for studying calls, because I've visited various sites, an on occasions, the calls do not sound the same...

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Re: Ornithology B/C

Postby amerikestrel » October 30th, 2010, 5:28 am

Ok thank you.

And is there a website you guys recommend for studying calls, because I've visited various sites, an on occasions, the calls do not sound the same...
If you want to study a lot of different calls, look at the Macaulay Library. If you want to start with the most common call for each bird, I'd say use the one on allaboutbirds.org.
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Re: Ornithology B/C

Postby SFCMS » October 31st, 2010, 10:49 am

Ok thanks so much. And what two field guides do you recommend are the best for competition?

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Re: Ornithology B/C

Postby AlphaTauri » October 31st, 2010, 1:31 pm

Two field guides? You're only allowed one for most competitions (Nationals being the exception).

Most people recommend either the Sibley, Peterson, or Smithsonian. There's a list on the Ornithology Wiki that details the pros/cons of each one.

Edit: Apparently you are allowed to bring two field guides...my bad.
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Re: Ornithology B/C

Postby Celeste » October 31st, 2010, 2:52 pm

I actually think you can have two. In the rules it says, with bolded words included, "Each student may bring one commercially published book (or field guide)". I guess you + your partner = two students, so if each student can bring one you can have two total.
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Re: Ornithology B/C

Postby FueL » October 31st, 2010, 3:30 pm

Yeah - they changed the wording from the rules last year. Now you can have two field guides and two pages of notes.
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Re: Ornithology B/C

Postby SFCMS » November 1st, 2010, 12:59 pm

Haha I see I've started a new conversation... :lol: and which field guides would contain more useful info?

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Re: Ornithology B/C

Postby Celeste » November 1st, 2010, 4:52 pm

Check out the guide section of the Wiki. It goes through the pros and cons of each. Or you can just go to a bookstore or library and look at different kinds, then pick your favorite from there.
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2009~Egg-O (11th State, 36th Nats) ~Herp (6th, 44th) ~Remote (x, 36th)


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