April 29, 2012
Cop Car forwarded and email to me on Friday about Amazon having the Audubon Birds: A Field Guid to North American Birds app on sale for 99 cents. Unfortunately, that was their Deal of the Day, and the email had been sent to her on Thursday, so it wasn't applicable when I received it. However, I looked around, and finally checked the Google Play store, and sure enough, they had it for 99 cents (that sale is over as far as I can tell, but it is on sale at theiTunes store if you have an Apple product). I immediately downloaded it and found that it not only is a field guide, but provide samples of the birds' songs too. Way cool.
You are given the opportunity, after download, of actually downloading the entire content (downloading the app just gives you access to the content, so saves memory if you don't have much) so that night I did so. The only issue I've had with it so far is trying to create an account, which allows the saving of life lists and sightings, but that may be me. Also, not a huge deal, just a bit of an annoyance.
Anyway, just wanted to give Cop Car a shout out for pointing out this app to me!
Obviously, I was a bit late picking up the email. Worse, I didn't read the date on it before forwarding to you. However, glad that you got a good deal. Between your dad and me, we have 50+ bird books (paper), bird audio libraries on casette tapes and a CD, plus audio-visual on VHS tapes.
As to keeping a life list: I do mine in Excel (old ones are in Lotus 1-2-3); but, I am registered with eBird which offers list capability. I don't think there are any associated charges if you wish to try it. You may already be registered since you submit GBBC lists. dBird Sign In
Posted by: Cop Car at Apr 29, 2012 9:06:14 AM
I don't know what kind of device you have (iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.), but I do know that there are electronic versions of several bird guides and birding apps for both iOS and Android. All of them include bird songs, and most include some sort of listing feature. My favorite for looking up individual birds is the Sibley eGuide; my favorite for lists is the Peterson.
Standard price on all of them is a bit higher than 99 cents, but IMHO $15 for the e-guide is in many ways a better deal than the $20 or $25 that the printed guides now cost.
Posted by: wolfwalker at Apr 29, 2012 4:43:16 PM