Birdwatching is a very popular hobby and for good reason. It gets us into the outdoors and communing with mother nature.
Birds are beautiful and their songs can be incredibly moving. And it’s a lot of fun.
Do you know how you can make your birdwatching experiences even more fun?
Through the use of apps on your smartphone.
Not every app is a winner, mind you, that’s why we’ve got our list of the 8 best bird apps, so that you can avoid some of the dire efforts we downloaded and then deleted from our phones.
These apps are all going to make your time spotting birds a lot easier and even more enjoyable!
Best Bird Apps
Chirp! Bird Song USA
Birds can make an awful lot of different sounds and for beginners it can get confusing real fast.
Sure, you can get a quick introduction to this concept at the Audubon Society but Chirp! makes things much easier.
It helps you learn and memorize bird songs by exposing them to you and then quizzing you on them.
You can find Chirp! Bird Song USA on iTunes only.
Audobon Birds Of North America
Speaking of the Audobon Society, they’ve got their own app too and it’s excellent.
Better still, it’s completely free to use at all times.
It’s not as comprehensive as some of the other apps, but this is a great place to begin with.
iBird Pro Guide To Birds
iBird Pro is pretty good value at $14.99.
That’s what we’d expect to spend on a decent field guide, and it does a similar job.
However, it’s important to note that they cover three different geographical locations and each one costs another $14.99.
You can find the iBird Pro Guide To Birds on Google Play and iTunes.
There are two versions of Larkwire, another bird song memory game.
One for Land Birds and one for Water Birds.
They’re both excellent and retail for around $15 each.
We really enjoyed playing with Larkwire and we think most birders are going to love this interface.
It’s the ideal choice for a rainy day when you just can’t get out and enjoy the birds in the wild.
If you want to turn your birding into something more memorable, why not keep a list of everything you’ve seen?
While you can, and many traditionalists do, carry a notebook – it’s much easier to use eBird.
eBird is a full-on birding checklist and you can also access lists of birding hotspots which can come in super handy when you’re in a new area.
You can even compare lists with other users.
So, if you’ve ever been curious about just how many birds have been spotted in your neighborhood, now’s your chance to find out.
Bird Journal is like eBird on steroids.
Not only does it allow you to record all your bird encounters, but it can also help you journal about all the other wildlife you encounter.
We like to add butterflies to our list but anything you encounter is there – even amphibians!
At $40 a year, it’s a little expensive for an app but we think it’s more than worth it if you’re a regular birder.
Merlin Bird ID
If you can take a photography of your bird and answer a few questions about it, then you can ID it too.
Well, Merlin Bird ID can ID it and then relay that information to you.
Given that ID finding is one of the trickiest tasks most birders undertake in the field, we think any help with this should be very welcome, indeed.
BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide
This is a great way to find birds that you haven’t already seen and as close to your home as possible.
It can also work in tandem with an eBird account, ticking off local birds as you find them and redrawing the exploration facility appropriately.
When you decide what you want to see, the app supplies directions direct to your Google Maps GPS facility!
Last Word on Birdwatching Apps
We hope that you found an app or two that suits your bird watching needs on top 8 best bird apps list.
If you enjoyed those apps, then we suspect you might like our list of the essential bird watching field guides and our guide to picking the best bins for your next birding trip too!
Bird watching is so much fun!