Birding by Ear with Charlie Browne, 4/28/2016

The Music Around Us: An Avian Audio Tour
With Charlie Browne

April 28, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Franconia Town Hall 

Charlie is a excellent teacher, photographer, and guide to New England birds.  His presentation explored the science, language, and beauty of bird song through sounds and images, and how listening to the birds offers a different experience from bird watching. 

If you are interested in learning more about birding by ear, check out the resources Charlie shared with us, or leave a comment to start a discussion!  And if you loved the talk, please comment to let us know.

 Useful Tools and References for
Learning More About Birdsong

Charlie Browne, 4/29/16


Kroodsma, Donald,

The Singing Life of Birds – The Art and Science of Listening to the Birds

Houghton Mifflin, 2005,  ISBN 0-618-40568-2

               “A thorough introduction to American birdsong by a renowned scientist” - CB

Marler, Peter, and Slabbekoorn, Hans, Editors

               Nature’s Music – The Science of Birdsong

               Elsevier Academic Press, 2005,  ISBN 0 12 473070 1

               “The best summary of the science of birdsong to date” - CB

Rothenberg, David

               Why Birds Sing – A Journey into the Mystery of Birdsong

               Basic Books 2005, ISBN0-465-07136-8

               “a philosopher-musician lends his ear and voice to birdsong” - CB



All About Birds, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

An excellent, comprehensive site for birdsongs, bird identification, and bird biology; a one-stop bird guide - CB



Among many choices, the only one I use is…

Audubon Birds (for Android or iPhone)

Comprehensive descriptions of all North American species, including photographs, range maps, and song and call recordings - CB



Walton, Richard and Lawson, Robert,

Birding By Ear – Eastern and Central US

               Peterson Fied Guides

               Excellent 3-CD introduction designed to train the ear for birdsongs - CB