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Say goodbye to BirdLog and hello to eBird Mobile!

From BirdsEye Nature Apps:

BirdLog for Android retires on Monday, December 14

BirdLog for Android was recently replaced by eBird Mobile. In advance of this release, we reached out to BirdLog users to inform everyone that support will soon end for BirdLog, and we are writing with a final reminder. That time is nearing; BirdLog for Android will no longer be supported after Monday, December 14. Please download eBird Mobile in order to continue submitting your checklists from the field.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Submit all of your pending checklists from BirdLog. After December 14th you may not be able to submit them!
  2. Download eBird Mobile. It is FREE and the single app works globally.
  3. Log in and make sure it is working on your phone.
  4. Remove BirdLog from your phone so you don’t accidentally use it.

Read my thoughts on eBird Mobile for Android here.

Audubon Bird Guide App is Free

The Audubon Bird Guide App is now free for mobile devices. The songs and calls in this app are nearly identical to that of other birding apps, such as The Sibley Guide to Birds. Visit this site for more information.

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

Download on Google Play

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.

BirdsEye Hotspots App – Get it!

I’ve been beta testing BirdsEye Hotspots for iOS, a co-produced app by BirdsEye Birding and Nemesis Code, for a few weeks now. I use it multiple times a day when I’m birding. It comes in handy when I’m not entirely sure where a birding hotspot is located or when I want to bird somewhere new. The app is essential for a fun-filled, smooth day of birding! (P.S. This will be crucial for navigating to spots during a Big Day.)








BIRDSEYE HOTSPOTS: Worldwide hotspot finding

BirdsEye Hotspots is a simple tool for birders. It makes it quick and easy to find nearby hotspots so you can quickly get there and start birding!

  • County listers rejoice! Always know which county you are in and which county your hotspots are in.
  • Get driving, walking and transit directions to any hotspot worldwide in your favorite apps. Hotspots currently works with many of the popular map and navigation apps.
  • Link directly to the new BirdsEye apps to view local abundance charts of the birds found at each hotspot. (requires BirdsEye NA or any of the other regional BirdsEye apps)
  • One tap button to copy the latitude and longitude of a hotspot or your current location to quickly share with others.
  • Local weather data – you need to know what the conditions will be when searching for your next birding spot. That spot that is excellent in sunny conditions can be brutal when its stormy while rainy weather can prompt you to head to nearby lakes to look for waterfowl.
  • Sunrise and sunset times so you always know how much more daylight you have to twitch that rarity.
  • World wide access to eBird hotspots

Note: Requires WiFi or data connection to access hotspot data.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Every birder should own this app. For $4.99 you can’t beat it!

Get the app here!

The NEW BirdsEye!

We use BirdsEye, a lot. Well, you can say we are addicts. The old BirdsEye is awesome and the NEW BirdsEye looks to blow it out of the water. Here’s why:

“To address these problems we have embarked on a ground-up rebuild of BirdsEye and are adding some cool new features in the process. In this first version the new BirdsEye already provides some useful new features not in the original, including:

  • import eBird life and year lists for any country, state or county
  • display local abundance charts for all nearby birds based on a radius that you select from 1 to 50 miles
  • see which of the local birds are “needs” (i.e. they aren’t already on your list)
  • provide regional versions covering much of the world
  • you can change the naming convention for birds from a large number of eBird naming options including US, UK and Australian English, Scientific, Spanish and French

The latest version of the New BirdsEye NA and regional versions are now roughly on par with the Original BirdsEye, although there are pros and cons. The latest update of BirdsEye NA in the App Store includes the ability to browse Hotspots and see recent “Notable” sightings near you.

We have not made a final decision on how to roll it out to existing BirdsEye users. The issues here are somewhat complex. First, it isn’t ready yet. Second, it will never be identical, and some people love the original just like it is, so we think many people will not want to change. Third, the model of selling apps is probably not sustainable for us in this niche market of high-end birding apps. We cannot afford to improve and support our app as much as we need to, despite relying mostly on low-paid and/or volunteer labor. At some point I believe that we need to transition to a subscription approach and the rollout of the new BirdsEye may be the right time to do that.  

We want to roll it out for Android when we have sufficient financial support to do that.  Supporting Android is likely to be unprofitable, but it is important for our mission of promoting eBird, especially among younger users and birders outside of the US.”

All information used with permission from the BirdsEye Birding Team

Review – Phone Skope Camera App for Android

The Phone Skope Camera App is only available for Android at this time, but hopefully it will be out for iOS in the near future. Before I converted to the iPhone 4s, I used the camera app on several occasions, mostly taking pictures of birds through a Celestron Regal 80 F-ED Spotting Scope. I am extremely pleased with the results I have obtained as the weather conditions have been less than ideal for photography. In rainy, foggy weather the camera produces identifiable photos with relatively decent quality. The image stabilizer feature is phenomenal when taking handheld photos. The only downside to the app is that it will not take a photo unless the phone is completely still. Overall, a great app from Phone Skope!

Although these photos are not top-notch, they show that the app can produce identifiable photos under any conditions. This can come in handy when you see that Tufted Duck or Northern Lapwing in the rain or fog.

Belted Kingfisher at the Newark Reservoir on 10 December 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Canada Geese at the Newark Reservoir on 10 December 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Phone Skope makes custom adapters for any smartphone and spotting scope combination. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

BirdLog is on sale for $0.99!

BirdLog is now on sale for $0.99, through February 18, to support and promote entering your sightings to eBird during the Great Backyard Bird Count!

From Birdseye:

“Our mission is to promote the accurate and frequent use of eBird, and eBird and GBBC are merging this year, so we are proud to support the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count by lowering the price of all regional versions of BirdLog to just 99¢ for the duration of the count, through Feb. 18.  We hope this great price will attract more birders and provide more higher quality data for the GBBC!”


Read the entire article here: http://bit.ly/YUQPTr

Make sure to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 15 – 18 and use BirdLog or your computer to submit your sightings to eBird!

You can purchase BirdLog for both iOS and Android for $0.99 through February 18.

iTunes – http://bit.ly/11qX96J
Google Play Store –  http://bit.ly/UBZM2G