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I highly recommend Cornell Labs "Guide to Bird of North America".  This link
will take you to one webpage with info - you can order online or find this
in many local birding stores.

http://www.onlinenaturestore.com/Products2/tbs1887148167.htm

The ability to look at the bird while listening to the songs/calls has been
a great help to me.  In addition to all the attributes of a field guide
there is a comparison feature that allows you to side-by-side compare
pictures and calls for similar species.  The quiz feature - which allows you
to take either standard quizzes or ones you set up yourself (by state,
habitat, etc.) is a great boon to learning new species.  Before I visit a
new area I set mine up for birds of just that state and study, then quiz
myself.
Mona Bearor
South Glens Falls, NY


----- Original Message -----
From: "Robert P. Gerety, Jr." <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 8:07 AM
Subject: [VTBIRD] Birding Computer Programs


> Does anyone know of a good quality computer program that amounts to an
> electronic field guide with the ability to click and play each birds
> songs,
> calls etc.?  Now that would be something I would really like to have.
>
> Rob Gerety
> Wilder, Vermont
>