New Birding iPhone App [BirdsEye]
This summer I purchased the iPhone after seeing the numerous applications available for birdwatchers (and I was jealous of Pattys iPhone)! I was holding out on purchasing iBird due to its expensive price and rumors that Cornell was coming out with a new application in August (which never came out until this December)! I currently purchased BirdsEye this week and for sure it is a good application . . . . but!!
One of my biggest complaints with BirdsEye is that it doesn’t allow you to submit your observations to eBird but the designer’s state that it will be included in future updates!! I sure hope they don’t charge us for this update!! I also don’t like the fact that I paid $19.99 for an application and then required to pay another $19.99 for additional text, songs, and pictures for 377 more species. They do however provide you with species descriptions by Kenn Kaufman, VIREO photos and bird vocalizations for 470 of the most observed North American Birds.
The selling point of this phone is the use of the iPhone built in GPS and google mapping system in locating birding hotspots with the eBird datatbase! I plan to use this features on my Texas trip later this month! How this feature works is the application tells you which birds had been seen in a particular area and when they were last observed in that area! You can also use this application in locating the nearest sighting of a particular species (for improving your life list)!
I consider this an expensive application but it does work as advertised! It is amazing what technology brings us and this is for sure what most birder will be using here soon! Photos . . . sounds . . . exactly locations to every species in North America . . . . all at your fingertips while out in the field! If you don’t own an iPhone . . . now is the time to purchase one!
EDIT another thing I don’t like is that it only let’s you see birds in hotspots which cuts back on the number of other important reports that could be listed!! I hope this is something that can change!! eBird reports in big cities are good but in the country these reports are very limited!! As a result these reports don’t show up on the app making it not as useful as it should be!!
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