BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide is now available for Android devices

BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide Launches for Android devices

BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide, the only full-featured bird finding app for smartphones, is now available for Android phones and tablets.

November 18, 2014, Pasadena CA – Birds in the Hand, LLC is proud to announce the release today of BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide for Android.

Launching with the same features that have made BirdsEye a hit on the iPhone, BirdsEye for Android will be available as a free download with various optional in-app regional purchase options covering all of the species of bird species in the world. All 1,140 North American species (including Hawaii) costs just $2.99 per month.

BirdsEye is a unique and indispensable tool for birders planning a birding trip, either a short walk in town or a multi-week trip across the globe. The real power of BirdsEye lies in the fact that it can be personalized to show a short list of target birds likely to be of interest to the user based on their life list. Users can track their list for any state/province, country or even county for their life or the current year.

“We built BirdsEye to support our mission: to promote citizen science through worthy projects like the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Project. BirdsEye for Android is especially important because it will help us reaching younger birders and birders in countries where Android is the dominant platform. It’s exciting to finally see BirdsEye, which is really a labor of love, available to so many more people worldwide” said Dr. David Bell, President of Birds in the Hand.

“The surprising thing to me about BirdsEye is how frequently it is used. Typical users open BirdsEye several times a week, making BirdsEye one of the most frequently-used apps on our users’ phones. That tells me that we are meeting an important need among both serious and novice birders” says Drew Weber, VP of Operations.

In addition to helping birders find birds, BirdsEye also offers sound packages for over 4,300 species of birds from BirdSounds.nl, a leading publisher of birding and nature sound packages. These sound packages offer extensive coverage of several areas of Central and South America, Australia, Asia, Western Europe and more. Many additional content packages are in the works.

BirdsEye for iPhone has been featured in the New York Times (http://goo.gl/rLIMXk), Scientific American, Birding Magazine (http://goo.gl/PKVOjR), numerous blogs such as this video blog on digiscoping (http://goo.gl/7SyMHj).

The Android app runs on all phones and tablets with Android 4.1 and higher. More details can be found at:http://birdseyebirding.com/birdseye-android

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Birds in the Hand, LLC is a mission-driven organization based in Pasadena, CA is a leading producer of apps for birders and other nature enthusiasts. Birds in the Hand has created over 40 birding and nature apps for birders since its founding in 2009. In addition to the BirdsEye apps, Birds in the Hand also partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to produce The Merlin Bird ID App, the most downloaded birding app this year; and the BirdLog family of apps which account for a large fraction of the data flowing into eBird.org.

Loggerhead Shrike, 13 curves style!

As I drive around Sussex County, I’m always looking for vagrants/rarities. Western Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Mississippi Kite, you name it and I’m looking for it. One species I never seek out, but is always in the back of my mind, is Loggerhead Shrike. Loggerhead Shrike is an uncommon vagrant/migrant in Delaware with only 10 previously accepted records for Delaware.

Bobby Wilcox and I were driving down Thirteen Curves Rd. when I noticed a bird with bold whit wing patches flush off a tree and I yelled, “Shrike!” I immediately pulled the car over and started telling Bobby about how rare to uncommon shrikes are in Delaware.I thought here were more records, but as it turns out there are only ten accepted records. Why not add another to it?

As you can see, there are only TEN previously accepted records by DOS, so this represents the 11th state record, pending acceptance of course. I think this photo, as well as epic shots from Chuck Fullmer (see below), will get the record accepted.

Loggerhead Shrike - Delaware

It looks like a Loggerhead Shrike, or LOSH, right? The records committee should accept it, right? I hope so! I mean, I know my photo is nothing EPIC, but Chuck Fullmer laid down this crushing shot.

That’s what a 600mm lens can do. Some day, some day, I will have something that will produce a photo like this. Chuck is awesome. Everyone should hang out with him! Also, if you have a boat and need it wrapped and stored, check out Pontoon Express!

Everyone likes boats, right?

Connecticut Warbler at McCabe Nature Preserve

Early this afternoon I found a Connecticut Warbler at McCabe Nature Preserve (eBird checklist). I think this is the first record for the preserve, which is located just outside of Milton, Delaware. I had high hopes of landing a Nashville Warbler or Blue-headed Vireo for my Delaware year list, but had no expectation of finding a Connecticut Warbler (CONW). The bird wasn’t acting like a textbook CONW (you know, skulky and hard to see), but was straight up chillin’ on bare branches in a young hardwood stand. Who goes out to find a Nashville Warbler and finds a Connecticut Warbler? Anyway, I don’t have much time to write so here are the photos.

The next three photos are a bit overexposed, but still get the job done.

Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Cape Henlopen SP

Taj Schottland and I spent Saturday morning at Cape Henlopen Sate Park scouring the veg for migrants. We found a Common Yellowthroat, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and two Red-eyed Vireos. Pretty lame, right? It got better as soon as we walked out to the beach near the hawk watch. We found a decent-sized flock of gulls resting on the beach containing Laughing, Ring-billed, Herring, and Great and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. There were five Lesser Black-backed Gulls mixed in with the flock. We later had two flyovers.

Lesser Black-backed Gulls are relatively common along the Delaware coast in fall and winter, but can be found year round.

Lesser Black-backed Gulls records for August through March. Credit – eBird.org

I cannot remember the ages of all five gulls, but I have photos of at least three different birds. Two adults and one immature bird. I don’t have much experience with ageing, but I think the immature bird is a second or third winter bird. Suggestions or corrections are greatly appreciated.

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cape Henlopen State Park on 28 September 2013. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cape Henlopen State Park on 28 September 2013. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Second or third winter Lesser Black-backed Gull at Cape Henlopen State Park on 28 September 2013. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Cape Henlopen State Park on 28 September 2013. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

The four bottom photos were digiscoped with an iPhone 4S + Celestron Regal M2 80ED & Phone Skope Adapter.

Again, let me know in the comments what you think about the ageing of these gulls. Thanks!

Until next time, bird hard my friends.

World’s Best Birdwatching Shirts!

Everyone know’s about Punk Rock Big Year and Paul Riss. Well, he’s back with a new indiegogo campaign for the World’s Best Birdwatching Shirts!

Paul is trying to raise $3,000 to fund the campaign and is almost half way there. He’s starting with one shirt design, the Red-winged Blackbird, and if the campaign gets 100% funded, then he’ll expand with more shirt designs, coffee mugs, and other cool bird stuff. So, if you want to look rad while birding, then help Paul fund his campaign! Click on the image above to see what it’s all about!

Follow Migration with the Bird Migration App for iOS!

A while ago, an app surfaced called Bird Migration (for iOS only), developed by AppArchitect. The app gives you access to iOS friendly views of the National, Northeast, Southeast, Central Great Lakes, South Mississippi Valley, Upper Mississippi Valley, Great Plains, North Rockies, South Rockies, Northwest, and Southwest radars, but more specifically the reflectivity. With the a of the screen, you can see migration in real time. It’s that easy!

The app also gives you real-time winds from Weather Underground and links/access to radar predictions and analyses from various bird blogs. Bird Migration is free in the app store.

On a side note, I wrote up a summary of all the bird migration resources available online – The Ultimate Guide to Migration Online. Check it out!

Bar-tailed Godwit at Chinc – Twice!

During the month of August, I made the hour and a half drive to Chincoteague NWR, twice. The reason for both trips was to see the MEGA – Bar-tailed Godwit. The first trip took place on August 5th, where I met up with studs like Alex Lamoreaux and Tom Johnson as well as a dude doing a Big Year (you’ve all seen the movie, right?) and several other folks I’ve never met before.

Before I started the drive, Alex texted me that the bird was not refound, yet. I decided to make the drive anyway, just to meet up and bird with friends I only get to see every couple of months. When I rolled into the parking area at the Tom’s Cove Visitor’s Center, I saw Alex and proceeded to shoot the you know what for about fifteen minutes. I then suggested we walk across the road to look in Swan Cove as I saw several large shorebirds in the pool when I drove in. We walked over and started scanning through the birds – “Willet. Dowitcher. Marbled Godwit. Hey, wait, what is that dowitcher-type bird with a bicolored bill? Oh man, that’s it!” We jumped for joy as we drooled at the sight of this European rarity. OK, so maybe we didn’t drool, but I know Alex was close. We watched the bird for over an hour and got exceptional scope looks.

Bar-tailed Godwit (ssp. lapponica) - Virginia

‘European’ Bar-tailed Godwit at Chincoteague NWR, Virginia on 5 August 2013. Digiscoped with an iPhone 4S + Celestron Regal M2 80ED & Phone Skope Adapter. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

The second round ensued on August 24th. After a morning of bird surveys, Ben Zyla and I made the trek down to Chinc. Ben was looking to add the bird to his growing ABA year list. Again, we rolled up to the Tom’s Cove Visitor’s Center and started scanning Swan Cove. A few other birders were there and had already spent several hours searching for the bird. Discouraged and having no luck with the MEGA, Ben did what any sensible birder would do – look through flocks other than the flock of Marbled Godwits we stared at for what seemed like hours. Boom. He found it. The Bar-tailed Godwit was mixed in with a nice, tidy flock of Willets.

‘European’ Bar-tailed Godwit at Chincoteague NWR, Virginia on 24 August 2013. Digiscoped with an iPhone 4S + Celestron Regal M2 80ED & Phone Skope Adapter. iPhone photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Epic. Ben was stoked, as were the the rest of the bird nerds present. We watched the bird for an hour or so. It took flight several times and flew over to Tom’s Cove, then came right back. Eventually it decided to chill with it’s own kind – Marbled Godwits, and that’s when we hit the road back to Milton.

Bar-tailed Godwit (ssp. lapponica) - Virginia

‘European’ Bar-tailed Godwit and Willet at Chincoteague NWR, Virginia on 24 August 2013. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Two for two. I consider that a success. Until next time, bird hard my friends.