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Old Monday 19th March 2012, 08:39   #1
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Android Birding Apps

I have finally upgraded to my first smart phone and wondered if there were any useful bird apps. I live in the UK and am fairly new to birding.
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Old Monday 19th March 2012, 09:23   #2
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Old Monday 19th March 2012, 10:21   #3
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Thanks. I thought this was only available for iphones?
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Old Monday 19th March 2012, 10:53   #4
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Blue bird is quite good. Needs development but has potential.

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Old Monday 19th March 2012, 22:34   #5
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The birdguides apps are only for iphones. Generally all the best ones are for iphones only.

Have a read through here: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread....hlight=android

I have birdspro by Naturemobile - it is a guide that has limited species and is european based so is not entirely in context to UK - I think was about £8 but it is fairly handy, blue bill - you can use to record bird sightings (never used it!), the bto app -news stories, the bto ringing app - limited use but it links to the bto bird facts website and the dave gosney finding birds app - fairly new but could be handy for the travelling birder.
There are also various mapping, gps and compass apps you may find handy.

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Old Monday 19th March 2012, 23:49   #6
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Old Tuesday 20th March 2012, 00:21   #7
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Sure I've answered this before - so worth a search on here before going any further.

But if not:
- Maverick map app - gives unlimited access to OS mapping at 1:25k and 1:50k level
- Tide7 - for tide times around the UK (and maybe in Europe now?)
- RAC traffic
- Google SkyMap for when you arrive in Cornwall at 2am and need help with constellation spotting
- and CaskFinder - for locating a decent pub when you've seen something good!

Other apps may be available ;-)
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Old Tuesday 20th March 2012, 08:27   #8
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Old Wednesday 21st March 2012, 01:58   #9
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Old Wednesday 28th March 2012, 13:02   #10
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I have to admit that I don't find this app particularly easy to use/useful. There are a number of errors in the list with (sub-)species in the wrong place, species listed as subspecies and the other way round.

I had also wondered what systematic list this follows as there seem to be some rather a lot of subspecies for some of the birds.

Recording bird sightings is easy and a useful feature.

I had hoped that I could create additional lists very easily (i.e. lifelist, yearlists, daylists) but I have not worked out how to do this. But that could just be me :-)

I guess it doesn't help that it runs very slow on my Wildfire.
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Old Wednesday 28th March 2012, 15:26   #11
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http://www.eti.uva.nl/products/apps.php

has several apps for both iphone and android. Scroll down to English
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Old Monday 2nd April 2012, 15:27   #12
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Two Suggestions


Sibley's has a great e guide for iPhone and Droid...19.99 US
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Audobon has one as well (for IPhone) - check out www.audobonguides.com

Hope this helps!

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Old Tuesday 24th April 2012, 11:23   #13
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https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....birds.britain is good
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Old Friday 27th April 2012, 19:24   #14
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Nature Lister

A recording app as opposed to an identification app, although it does provide Internet search options from a species. It also handles Butterflies, Plants etc.

Please see my detailed review below, I'm still using it very happily!

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Nature Lister version 1.1.249 (18th March 2012)

Nature Lister is an Android mobile phone application that allows the capture of species sighting data and optional GPS information in the field. It comes with pre-defined lists of UK Birds, butterflies, moths, dragonflies, plants and mammal species, and guidelines are published allowing the user to define their own species lists. A pre-defined list of major UK locations is supplied and other surveyed locations can be pre-defined or entered in the field. Field trip reports can be generated and sent by email, there is also an offline batch interface to the BTO Birdtrack system. Nature Lister costs £19.50 a copy, supply is direct from www.wildlife.co.uk.

Ease of use and features

A very helpful user guide is supplied, but I found that I could start to use the application without it.

With species and sites pre-defined, the starting point for using Nature Lister is adding a trip, and starting to record the species seen. Adding a trip simply requires selecting the visited location from a drop-down list, the list appearing after the first two letters of the location name are typed. At this point you can add optional weather details, trip comments and request a GPS reading. GPS locations appear accurate, although they can take a while to appear if the mobile phone has been restricted to 2G network operation. The keypad used can be switched between QWERTY, 3x4 and Handwriting box. A voice recognition option is also available if 3G network operation is switched on.

Once the trip details have been saved the species list appears. This is in a pre-defined systematic order, the application recalling the last species list used. Very short species lists can be scrolled through, but there are also three search options offered - name starting with, name contains and search by a short code. The text size within the species list itself is also configurable. Once the desired species has been found it can simply be ticked as present, or additional tailored information about number seen, breeding status and gender can be added. You can also switch species list at any point during a trip, a feature that provides very flexible species recording in the field, and change GPS starting a new trip and species list.

Completed trips can be reported as an HTM file. Reports can be filtered by date range, species list (current or all) and basic geographical location (site, county, state and country). Trip reports can be emailed to a pre-defined recipient or stored on the mobile phone. Another extremely useful output feature is the option to create CSV files from a selected species list. These are designed for import into Birdtrack, but if you do need to add a bird club observer name then you must modify the file before import. The basic record information produced can be readily re-formatted for import to applications such as Recorder. Species records can also be displayed on your mobile phone via Google Maps, a feature that I have found occasionally useful in working out how many bird territories Iím dealing with in an area of woodland.

Effectiveness

Iíve been using Nature Lister for a month now and I havenít resorted to my old notebook during that period. Use during that period has included capturing 23 bird species lists and 50 casual records (birds, amphibians and plants). This has included two full blown breeding bird surveys and a WEBS count. The application appears to be very stable on my Samsung Galaxy S2, and even survived me inadvertently switching my phone of while I was using it without losing any data. Itís also helped me improve data quality by automatically capturing sighting times, where I am often remiss, and adding GPS readings for scarcer species at large locations. It works well with my clunky fingers, but Iíve also bought and used a stylus for cold weather use.

Help and Support

Wildlife Computing provide excellent help and support by email.

Summary

A good application and well worth the money, itís now part of my way of working.
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Has anyone found and used a sound recorder decent enough to pick up bird songs/calls?

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Old Friday 18th May 2012, 20:35   #16
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Worth a gamble for 50p. :)
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Old Monday 21st May 2012, 01:38   #17
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Has anyone found and used a sound recorder decent enough to pick up bird songs/calls?

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A recorder that doesn't recompress the sound will give you the best chance of getting a decent recording.
I've used PCM Recorder for non-birding purposes and found the results surprisingly good. You may need to tweak the record frequency; either 44.1k or 48k will give the best results depending on your device.
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I have finally upgraded to my first smart phone and wondered if there were any useful bird apps. I live in the UK and am fairly new to birding.
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Dont forget that BTO have released BirdTrack as an Android app.
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Thanks! Hope it was worth it :)

I've added the ability to filter by type of bird and mark birds that you've seen with the latest update.
It's not bad and the update made for a better app. Could maybe do with larger images but I'm happy with it and it's 50p well spent. :)
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Dont forget that BTO have released BirdTrack as an Android app.
Which now handles list collection and upload too... as well as showing recent local hotspots and species entered into BirdTrack by all users
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Old Tuesday 11th September 2012, 18:46   #21
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Best birding app for I phone Bird Ticker.Over 600 British birds plus 400 West Pal. Create your own lists to suit yourself. In Reference section in I phone apps. The best app of its type
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But the iPhone ain't android, is it? :/
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The lack of European field guides app drives me nuts! Off to Canada next year had a choice of birdguide apps and also downloaded madly cheap apps for butterflies and mammals. What is there for Europe? Bog all! Come on guys get your act together! Can I please have the Collins Birdguide. the Collins butterfly guide and a field guide to the dragonflies of Britain and Europe asap please!
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Thinking about a new phone for birding - TT asked for this recently but can't find the thread; seems to be worth waiting for 4G, but I-Phone or Android? Tempted to go for the latter as I hate the restrictive nature of iPods/ItUnes and imagine the I-Phone is similarly limiting.

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Thinking about a new phone for birding - TT asked for this recently but can't find the thread; seems to be worth waiting for 4G, but I-Phone or Android? Tempted to go for the latter as I hate the restrictive nature of iPods/ItUnes and imagine the I-Phone is similarly limiting.

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I agree about the restrictive nature of iTunes. What I love about Android (well all non-apple products) is that you can just plug them into the computer and they are seen as an external hard drive, making transferring files very easy and quick. There are ways to do this with Apple products, but I just like things simple!

There are more apps for i-phone but whether this will still be the case in a year or so I don't know.

I am looking forward to 4G, 3G internet can be frustrating slow.

On the field guide front I am going to make my own PDF files for some groups and loading them. I have done grasshoppers and I'm now doing British dragonflies. Sorry to the publishers if I'm breaking copyright, but I won't share them and if the publishers produce apps for these groups I would be delighted to give them some of my money!

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