Looking for a Bird Guide App for your Device???

Do you have a smart phone or a tablet?  Are you interested in learning more about birds or trying to identify a bird?  Why carry a heavy paper guidebook into the field or even around the house when you probably have a smart phone or tablet nearby!?!  Like with everything, there is an App for ANYTHING!  And birding is no different. Flo and I realized pretty quickly that using our smart phone was the best way to easily identify birds and even track our sightings.  By now we have at least a dozen different Apps we’ve tried and many of them we still use. (Note: We both use Apple products so my experience is with the iOS versions.)

In this blog, I’m going to focus on five Apps we find most useful in identifying and recording birds.  I’ve provided a summary of each below. Please use the links to learn more about each and to download to your device(s).  If there is interest, I’ll make suggestions of additional Apps in future blogs.  Or you can contact me if you want a more personalized experience in how to use these types of apps: SeabrookIslandBirders@gmail.com

Merlin Bird ID

The first one I recommend to everyone, especially people new to birding, is called Merlin Bird ID.  Just answer five simple questions about a bird or upload a photo of a bird you are trying to identify, and Merlin will come up with a list of possible matches. Merlin offers quick identification help for beginning and intermediate bird watchers to learn about 650 of North America’s most common birds!  Cornell Lab of Ornithology created it in partnership with Birds in the Hand, LLC.  And the best part is it is FREE! (On my phone it takes about 600 MB of space)

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