Old Bird 21c
The Old Bird 21c is a directional microphone & preamp specifically designed for monitoring avian flight calls. The microphone has superb sensitivity and outstanding reach into the sky for flight calls of most migratory birds. It is especially well suited for residential rooftops that have a clear view to the sky (no overhanging trees).
The system includes microphone, preamp, AC power connector, and audio cables. It runs on 120V AC (wall socket) or a 9V DC source for remote operation. Once powered, one can connect speakers to directly listen to the sky and/or record sky sound by running the audio signal into a computer or other audio recording device.
The 21c is an extraordinarily sensitive microphone for monitoring avian flight calls. The mechanism for achieving the excellent sensitivity involves a thin plastic wrap for waterproofing that ideally should be changed annually. In addition, the core microphone element loses sensitivity over time and should be replaced every five years or so to maintain optimum sensitivity. Old Bird offers a microphone tune up service that includes one or both these maintenance steps. An instructional online video is in preparation for users to conduct these maintenance steps themselves.