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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Bird Sounds



I received an email yesterday from the Macauley Library at Cornell that amazed and delighted me. It said, in part, "Dear Marianne, This summer we released Sound ID in the Merlin Bird ID app, and we wanted to thank you for the part you played in this release. 3 of your recordings were used to train Merlin to identify bird sounds based on their spectrograms. Thank you for sharing your media! We could not have done it without your support."

Wow. I have this small and mostly pointless project of populating our home county's illustrated checklist on eBird with as many photos as possible, as well as a few sound recordings. With just a camera, and now thanks to Merlin's new bird sound recognition feature, my phone, to collect them, the quality is not great, as compared to the many dedicated folks who use real sound equipment. (Warning, some of the photos are really bad too, but you can generally ID the bird with them.)

Still, this has been fun for me, and a personal learning tool as well.

To know that a few of my amateur recordings were among the thousands used to train the AI was a really nice side benefit of my pretty much all-consuming hobby. And now I want to go out and record something. 

Fledgling White-breasted Nuthatch


Shirley said...

Very cool!

Bill Harshaw said...


Jacqueline Donnelly said...

Good for you, Marianne! It must feel so rewarding to learn that your personal passion will also contribute to others' learning from it. I know that I get a kick when I search the NY Flora Plant Atlas and find so many of my own photos used to illustrate species. I am so impressed by your knowledge of birds and how persistent you are in pursuing them, and I learn so much from all that you share about them here.

threecollie said...

Thanks, Shirley, I was thrilled.

Thank you, Bill, made me very happy

Jacqueline, Thanks, I likewise love perusing your plant posts. Wish I was better at remembering what I learn about them!

Terry and Linda said...

WOW! That is really nice!

threecollie said...

Linda, I was very pleased.