I have a Sony PCM-M10 but am having trouble recording bird songs. I am using the built-in microphones. In most cases the recording level is too low. Basically the problem is that the bird is relatively far away, however, different birds are different distances away so even though they might sound equally audible to the human ear, the sounds show up differently when recorded.
Also, part of the problem is that I usually have only a brief opportunity to record the bird. If I sit there fidgeting with the device for 15 minutes the bird will be gone. I need some way to get the level dialed in correctly ahead of time.
Any hints for how I can get better results for birds using the PCM-M10?