When we immerse ourselves in it, we quickly realize that memorizing birdsong is not so easy! The neophyte will have a hard time differentiating a Warbler from an Skylark or a Chickadee. However, some simple tips and techniques allow you to progress quickly.
Learning goes through repetition ...
... but does not have to be boring! The Birdie Memory application has been designed to allow beginners to progress quickly and almost "without noticing it"! Children can play from 6 years old.
In the observation section, the player strolls along the poster to listen as much as he or she wants to the birdsongs.
In the Memory part, he or she is asked to identify the owner of a song, in the manner of a musical blind test.
Nine levels of progressive difficulty allow to see all the birds of the poster. All 3 levels, a "chorus" (3 birds singing at the same time) validates the achievements of the previous levels and sharpen a little more the ear of the player.
The use of sonograms
Ornithologists sometimes use sonograms (or spectrograms) to help with memorization. It is a two-dimensional visualization of the sound, sometimes colored: the axis of the abscissa indicates the duration and the axis of ordinates the frequency of the sound. We can thus easily differentiate a high-pitched sound at a higher volume of a longer and less loud sound.
The 3 sonograms below illustrate how the visual representation of sounds can be very different from a song to the other, and thus help with memorization.
This small tool, present in the bird information sheet in the Birdie Memory application, will be a great help in the early stages of learning, especially for people with a rather visual memory that auditory.
All you have to do is train with the app!
Where and when listen to birds?
Of course, the ultimate goal is to succeed in listening and recognizing birds in the wild.
Even for city dwellers, there is no need to go far: birds are present in trees, hedges and gardens, even if they are more numerous in the countryside or in the forest.
Certain periods of the year are more favorable to listen to the birds: indeed, they sing especially during the periods of reproduction, mostly from February to June in the northern hemisphere.
Moreover, it is better to get up early: it is at dawn, just before sunrise, that we hear them best!