This is crazy cool, if you’re into birdwatching. But will hardcore watchers decry the amateurs who use this for easy bird identification?

Song Sleuth is the most exciting birding aid to come along ever. It’s the only device that lets you identify birdsongs in the field in real time. Just power-up and aim Song Sleuth in the direction of a birdsong. In seconds, the software analyzes, identifies and rank-orders the prime suspects and displays the results.

Song Sleuth uniquely combines the latest advancements in signal processing hardware and software and digital directional microphone technology with authentic birdsong recordings from the world-renowned Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. There’s never been a birdsong detective like Song Sleuth. It’s not a mere birdsong dictionary or flashcard pack. It’s a totally new high-tech tool for birders at all levels.

I was once approached by a group that wanted to use DSP audio tech to track wildlife by their “voices”. How soon before this tech trickles down into other disciplines?



  1. KB says:

    Very cool, but very clunky. Reminds me of the old Polaroid cameras from 40 years ago. Not that those memories aren’t cool too. 😉

    They’ll probably come out with a squirrel version soon. (Don’t ask….)

  2. Eideard says:

    Keith — I thought you knew all the squirrels in your neighborhood on a first-name basis.

  3. K B says:

    I do, Eideard. It’s the “amateurs” Alix refers to I was thinking of. 🙂

  4. Jägermeister says:

    I was once approached by a group that wanted to use DSP audio tech to track wildlife by their “voices”. How soon before this tech trickles down into other disciplines?

    Shhh… NSA might get ideas… 😉

  5. joshua says:

    I LOVE squirrel’s. When I was at University in England I used to run along a trail that went across an island called Addison’s Walk…..every morning 20 to 30 squirrels would greet me, so I started carring a 3 pound sack of nuts and I would stop and sit and hand them out to the little guys at 5 a.m.
    My housing was on the top floor of the St. Swithens building and the little guys would climb the trrees, cross the lines and end up on my window sill….where I would feed them. I would leave my bay windows open and they would just walk in like it was a drive-thru….take what they wanted and scurry off….making about 10 trips each.

    Very, funny, smart and evil little critters.

  6. TJGeezer says:

    Joshua, that is TEH BETS STORY EVAR!!!111 about squirrels. I had an aunt in California who got wild squirrels to come up and follow her around inside her house but my other aunt said it was mostly because squirrels can recognize one of their own. But troops of ’em greeting you mid-run in the early morning? Great story!


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