Apps to help ID the birds you see on your next RV trip

 Apps to help ID the birds you see on your next RV trip

Bird watching is one of the most popular hobbies in the world. and RVers are bigtime birders. And this time of year offers plenty of opportunities to take part as many birds are migrating.

Whether beginner or experienced, I have three apps to share that can help you get out there and have fun birding.

Here's a report I did for NBC-TV  as “PC Mike” report on the apps:

Song Sleuth helps you identify birds by their respective songs. The app allows birders to record, recognize, and identify the songs of nearby birds through use of a smartphone’s microphone, similar to the way speech recognition software works, only tailored specific to the acoustical characteristics of bird songs. It also includes a bird reference guide. The app is $9.99 for iOS with an Android version on the way later in 2017.

The iBird Pro Guide to Birds app serves as an interactive field guide for every species of bird found in North America, Canada, Hawaii, all coats and islands, and even extinct birds. The app features quality full-sized color illustrations of birds along with range maps for every species. It also features lifetime updates to bird species info. The app is $14.99 for iOS and Android.

And, of course, there’s the Audubon Bird Guide app, featuring detailed descriptions for nearly 800 birds, including more than 2,300 bird songs and 3,500 high-quality color photos. The app also has a unique search function for identifying bird by song type or pattern, wing shape, time of year by state or province, and more. The app is free for iOS and Android.

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.