This release contains a number of new features to make it easier to identify and find the birds you're looking for in Bird ID and the Field Guide.
- In Bird ID, you can now more easily select additional attributes by using the new attribute tabs at the top of the screen.
- You can also now filter your possible matches by common name, and sort them either alphabetically or by how common they are to your selected area and month.
- And in the Field Guide, you can now filter the full listing of 830 species to only show species found in your selected area during your selected month. This will make it easier to browse only the species you may be seeing right now.
- You can now zoom in to get a closer look at photos in the Field Guide when viewing them full screen.
- We've also improved support for larger font sizes throughout the app.
Ratings and Reviews
Wish I hadn’t updated
This is my primary bird field guide, and I like it better than iBird which my husband uses. But, I’m really disappointed that I updated to the most recent version. When using the field guide, having the ability to sort on last or first “name” was a really important feature, and I miss it a lot. For example, looking at the Ducks & Geese family, you could sort by last, and all the geese would be together and all the ducks would be together. Unfortunately the app isn’t as functional as a field guide anymore. I would rather browse than search.
Also, when you’re exploring sightings they’re no longer linked to the species guide. So if you see that someone saw a Northern Goshawk close to you, and you wanted to learn more about that bird you have to click over to the field guide and navigate to it. Or search for it. Very kludgy.
UPDATE: I love the app, but both my wife and I *hate* the new interface! 😡 Whatever Audubon paid to have this app redesigned, they lost big-time. The new interface REQUIRES you to create an account, and it's almost impossible to easily find what you're looking for. Dropping my earlier 5-star rating to a generous 2 stars. This reeks.
My wife and I have never been "bird watchers", but since being able to enjoy our morning coffee outside every morning, we've taken to really enjoying the busy company of our feathered friends. I downloaded this app to help identify the calls, and WOW! this app is terrific. It helps identify the multitude of calls, shapes, colors, regions, etc, and has really opened up our appreciation and knowledge. To cap it off: We were trying to confirm a Carolina Wren on our patio this morning; I opened the app and started playing the different calls of the Carolina Wren, and the next thing we knew, this little guy had braved hopping right up next to where we were sitting, trying to locate where the calls were coming from! I silenced my phone momentarily, and he flew a few feet away, but as soon as I started the calls back up, here he came again, trying to find his invisible friend! That alone is enough to merit a 5-star rating for this incredible app. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼
So sad. Please bring back ability to see all nearby observations!!!
This update is making bird life miserable for me. I have been using this app for about 10 years. I am an avid birder and rely heavily on it for the bird info where you can search by your location and pull up all the birds in your location that have been reported. Now you can only search by Hotspots and it only shows you daily lists, which are incredibly incomplete. I just went on vacation to Austin, Texas. I have never been there and tried to figure out what birds I had the potential of seeing. This new app version was completely useless. It kind of made me want to cry because I couldn’t figure out what birds were around me. Sooooo frustrating! I went to hotspots and the format for that was nearly useless.
Why did you take this feature away after 10 years? Now it’s the beginning of migration season up here in New York and I have no way to know what’s coming in. The hotspots don’t help because they are so specific to that area, it won’t apply to where I live and bird. Please bring that feature back ASAP before it ruins the migration season we wait all year for.
Developer Response ,
We're sorry to hear about your experience with the app. We have made some changes to the Explore section, but it is still possible to see what birds you might find in other locations. You can use the location search bar at the top of both the Hotspots and Sightings tabs to search for recent sightings in any location around the world—not just at Hotspots.
Coming soon, we'll have a much-improved way to view sightings for a single species on a map, so you can visualize where it has popped up recently.
Hopefully this is helpful. If there is any other way we can assist you, or if you have additional feedback on how we can make the app better, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- National Audubon Society, Inc.
- 103.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © National Audubon Society
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.