Peterson Birds – A Field Guide to Birds of North America

Total Score:  29

Perhaps the best known name in Bird Watching is Roger Tory Peterson.  Peterson Birds—A Field Guide to Birds of North America for iPhone and iPad is easy to use and a great start for new birdwatchers. This app allows you to quickly identify birds you see through illustrations.  You can read about them, see a map of their habit and upload your photos.  And, of course, build a life list of bird sightings.   Over 50 million people enjoy this sport – give it a try.

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Birdwatcher’s Diary – Journaling the Easy Way

Total Score:  28

As a newly hatched (pun intended) birder, I do not have any preconceived notions about how to collect sightings.   From the research I have done, I can tell you that I find the Birdwatcher’s Diary  for iPhone or iPad app easy to use and frankly fun. I cannot even imagine doing this on paper.  On the other hand, more appropriately, can see the advantages of an electronic version.  They say the best camera is the one you have with you.  I would think we could easily make the case that the best bird journal is the one you have with you – and since my iPhone is a constant companion, it inspires me to collect.  There was a major update in August 2012 which added a lot of new functionality. Continue reading “Birdwatcher’s Diary – Journaling the Easy Way”