I moved to Topanga, CA recently and live up on top of a mountain after living in the city for years. There are birds! I put a bird feeder outside my window and I’ve been using these apps to figure what fluttery lil’ avian critters I’m looking at.
Beginners Guide To Bird Watch
This app costs US$9.99 but goes way more in depth than any of the free apps into not only identifying birds, but about bird science and the difference between bird watching and birding. It also includes a lot of reference material like where to get equipment, resources, and historical data.
Bird Atlas Recording Software
This is a great way to keep track of your sightings, and it lets you export them as a KML file that you can use in Google Maps. It includes the location, date, gender, and species and will let you use GPS to find the location. I think it would be cool if it was not species specific and would let you log animal sightings of any kind.
This app is US$2.71. It lets you know when the best times are to see birds in your area. It has a month view for moon phases, a day view for the best hours of bird activity, photo sharing, a section you can make notes about your sightings, and you can add photos. This app is stellar, and bugs are quickly fixed.
The only downside to this app is that it’s US$1.50. It’s just pictures of pretty birds so shouldn’t be that much. It’s nice on days when it’s raining and I can’t see any birds but need my bird fix.
This app is US$1.18 and is a comprehensive guide to the art of bird watching. It’s meant for amateurs.