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Nighthawk01

Best Birding Apps

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Hey birders! I just got a new phone (never had one before) and I'm curious as to what the best birding apps are. Price doesn't really matter unless it's over $25. I'm already thinking about downloading eBird and Merlin, but if those aren't good or there are better apps, include that in your answer. If you haven't gathered the basic question, what are good apps to use for bird ID at just birding in general?

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Daily Bird is a good one to quiz yourself on IDing.  Sibley Eastern is good.  I would NOT recommend the PETERSON app.....it doesn't have more than 1 or 2 calls per bird.

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I probably use ibird the most for a quick view of species info. Sibleys has really good descriptions and illustrations, but it takes me longer to get to any given species. The audubon app has both natureshare and ebird sections built into the app. I use it all the time too see if anything interesting has been reported in the area that didn't make it onto the listserv. The ebird part has a notable and rare section that makes it really keep up any interesting reports. 

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1 hour ago, Nighthawk01 said:

Let me reword that. If you had to chose one, which one would you chose?

Since i have never used iBird pro I would choose Sibley.  If i'm not mistaken i think iBird (pro?) has the sonograms for the call you are playing. Not sure at all.  Another good app for warblers is the Warbler Guide ($20?) It has 360 view of digitally animated warblers, similar looking ones to the one you're looking at, etc.  Also a warbler out line and colors you can add to the different sections and then you can see what is the closest matches.  See photo below.

Image result for the warbler guide app

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5 hours ago, Nighthawk01 said:

Let me reword that. If you had to chose one, which one would you chose?

Chose one? Ridiculous 

But seriously, I would probably go with ibird pro for ease of everyday use. 

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41 minutes ago, dred said:

But seriously, I would probably go with ibird pro for ease of everyday use. 

"ease of everyday use"  What do you mean by this?  One think that sucks about sibley @Nighthawk01 is that you have to have the hyphen for the species to come up.

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34 minutes ago, MerMaeve said:

"ease of everyday use"  What do you mean by this?  One think that sucks about sibley @Nighthawk01 is that you have to have the hyphen for the species to come up.

It's much easier to navigate. You don't have to worry about the hyphens. The hyphen thing drives me crazy with sibleys. I think ibird pro is laid out more intuitively. I find it much easier to just swipe the screen to navigate to the audio, picture, and similar species sections. It's a little clunky clicking for the sections in sibleys. But if it's a difficult bird with a bunch of different plumages sibleys is much more in depth. 

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@Nighthawk01, it would help if you would tell us what you want the app to accomplish.  Are you looking for a field guide?  Help with identifying photos?  Recording your sightings?

It's like you've asked us to recommend the best car, but we don't know if you're hauling groceries or drag racing!

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