January 14, 2014 6:55 AM   Subscribe

Minnesota Birdsong: An interactive poster Cute interface with birdsong content provided by the always amazing Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
posted by Miko (12 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
This is literally "Why I can't sleep at 4am."
posted by Sphinx at 7:11 AM on January 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

If you're interested in Minnesota birding, there's always the great Birdchick.
posted by sanka at 7:30 AM on January 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

Cornell Lab of Ornithology also recently launched a free bird ID app. Currently iOS only, Android due in Spring.
posted by zamboni at 8:33 AM on January 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

Oona approves of this, on a rainy day that kept the birds away from the feeder this morning.
posted by emelenjr at 8:39 AM on January 14, 2014

This is super duper awesome. Was coming in here to talk about the Bird ID app, but I see zamboni got to it already. Yay!
posted by Stewriffic at 8:42 AM on January 14, 2014

Here's a non-interactive version.
posted by hydrophonic at 9:03 AM on January 14, 2014

So at my last apartment, we had a porch where we could hang bird feeders. We got lots of stupid house finches and house sparrows, lots of mourning doves, the occasional chickadee, and exactly one pair of cardinals that would come by pretty regularly. The cardinals were the best because they'd always announce their arrival so we could be sure to see them and say hi, or they'd sit up in the tree and make their laser sounds, and they'd do cute things like feed one another. By the time we moved out (about a year ago), we were really good at recognizing cardinal sounds.

As soon as I clicked on the cardinal, our gray cat got up and ran to the window to see if the birds were back.
posted by gueneverey at 9:40 AM on January 14, 2014 [3 favorites]

The birdies won't sing for me.

I am sad.

Why won't they sing for me?
(do I need to have some sort of app loaded?)
posted by BlueHorse at 10:03 AM on January 14, 2014

I'd like this as a real poster, please, with a PV-powered sample player that does the tweeting when you touch the boids.

posted by Devonian at 12:38 PM on January 14, 2014

The Minnesota DNR site is consistently fabulous. You may remember it from such features as the Lake Finder. This poster is especially awesome because the birds picked are a pretty representative cross-section of much of the midsection of America and Canada. Here in Oklahoma I have seen all of those birds except the gray jay and the summer tanager, but on the other hand I never saw a summer tanager when I was living in Minnesota, either.
posted by norm at 1:06 PM on January 14, 2014 [2 favorites]

This is so great, thank you very much for posting.
posted by gerstle at 2:01 PM on January 14, 2014 [1 favorite]

I love how they cock their little heads and tail-feathers when you mouse over each bird.
posted by vytae at 7:26 PM on January 14, 2014

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