Five must-have apps for birding and bird photography
iBird Ultimate is my go-to birding field guide app. With 962 North American species, you can leave your field guide books at home. This app includes great details on appearance, photographs, color illustrations, bird songs, range maps, field marks, and much more. Since iBird includes different tiers, you can begin by trying iBird Lite or pay to unlock the great features included in the iBird Ultimate version. The Ultimate version has a feature called "Birds Around Me," which filters birds based on your GPS location. This aids in searching for a species you are trying to identify.
You can download iBird Ultimate by clicking the button below.
You can download iBird lite by clicking the button below.
Bird Songs USA & Canada is my go-to app when it comes to bird songs. It includes more than 900 species, with a total of 3,100 songs and calls. This can be used with a bluetooth speaker to help attract birds. I typically use an older model of the JBL Clip 2. It is small, so it will save you space in your bag. Please follow the ABA Code of Ethics when using recordings to attract birds.
Click the button below to download Bird Songs USA & Canada.
I would call the Merlin Bird ID app the next-gen of bird identification tools. Merlin Bird ID will aid in identifying any bird—simply answer five questions or upload a photo. This a great tool when you are having trouble identifying a bird. I mostly bird with photography, so when I get stumped trying to go through a guidebook or while using iBird, I can always upload one of my photos to this app and the results are very accurate. Merlin Bird ID uses the location of your sighting to aid in identification, and typically results in one bird or a few birds that have similar traits. This really helps speed up the identification process. Plus, it is free!
Click the button below to download Merlin Bird ID.
eBird is a great app for creating checklists while you are out birding. Since it has a large community of users contributing data, more information is available to all of us. It even allows you to get email alerts for rare bird sightings in your area or for any birds you might need for your checklist. I use eBird to research hot spots around me in order to find birds that I am interested in photographing. The app is used for checklist creation, viewing old lists, and seeing your totals. The eBird website has all the powerful tools for setting up email alerts and for researching hot spots around you.
Click the button below to download eBird.
A useful tool in locating birds to photograph is knowing their songs. Larkwire is here to help you learn bird songs the fun way—it is like playing a video game! There are two versions of the Larkwire app, though I only own one version. It features land birds of North America and includes 343 species with 394 songs. If you are interested in the second version, it features water birds of North America and includes 135 species with 253 songs.
Click the button below to download Larkwire Learn Bird Songs 11.