Two weeks ago, Alex and I, along with a few birding friends, tore it up in southern Delaware. We didn’t plan on doing a “Big Day,” but instead were planning on a full day of casual birding. After a late night of birding and hanging out at Dogfish Head, we started the morning searching for Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warblers at Prime Hook NWR. Turkle Pond Rd. (eBird Checklist) is the hotspot for these particular species during the breeding season. Unfortunately, the birds were not singing this particular Sunday morning.
I’ve been beta testing BirdsEye Hotspots for iOS, a co-produced app by BirdsEye Birding and Nemesis Code, for a few weeks now. I use it multiple times a day when I’m birding. It comes in handy when I’m not entirely sure where a birding hotspot is located or when I want to bird somewhere new. The app is essential for a fun-filled, smooth day of birding! (P.S. This will be crucial for navigating to spots during a Big Day.)
BIRDSEYE HOTSPOTS: Worldwide hotspot finding
BirdsEye Hotspots is a simple tool for birders. It makes it quick and easy to find nearby hotspots so you can quickly get there and start birding!
- County listers rejoice! Always know which county you are in and which county your hotspots are in.
- Get driving, walking and transit directions to any hotspot worldwide in your favorite apps. Hotspots currently works with many of the popular map and navigation apps.
- Link directly to the new BirdsEye apps to view local abundance charts of the birds found at each hotspot. (requires BirdsEye NA or any of the other regional BirdsEye apps)
- One tap button to copy the latitude and longitude of a hotspot or your current location to quickly share with others.
- Local weather data – you need to know what the conditions will be when searching for your next birding spot. That spot that is excellent in sunny conditions can be brutal when its stormy while rainy weather can prompt you to head to nearby lakes to look for waterfowl.
- Sunrise and sunset times so you always know how much more daylight you have to twitch that rarity.
- World wide access to eBird hotspots
Note: Requires WiFi or data connection to access hotspot data.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Every birder should own this app. For $4.99 you can’t beat it!
“Do you need fast directions to a new birding spot? Traveling and have no idea where to go birding? Hotspots does all this and more…coming summer 2013!”
Be sure to check out http://hotspots.launchrock.com/ and sign up to get the latest updates on BirdsEye Hotspots and be notified as soon as it hits the App Store!
It has been a slow trickle for migrating birds so far in Western New York, but things are starting to turn a corner and I can feel a big push on the horizon. Most of March and the beginning of April were painfully stagnant, but the past two weeks have provided some very promising signs of a good spring ahead. Two weeks ago, I had a steady diet of Bonaparte’s Gulls, Caspian Terns, and Common Terns along the waterfront in the city. While these arrivals were right on time and completely expected, watching your first Common Tern in about 6 months gracefully fish for lunch is a always a welcome sign of the impending summer.
This past week, the passerines have been showing up in small but noticeable numbers. Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets are almost everywhere, and I have run into FOY Blue-gray Gnatcatchers the past couple of days as well. Pine Warblers have also been spotted at various hotspots in Erie county, and Palm and Black-throated Green Warblers just arrived in the last few days. I don’t know about you, dear readers, but I’m ready for the real deal when it comes to Spring Migration 2013 (especially with Nate starting to cash in down in PA, and that pesky Drew Weber from Nemesisbird getting awesome rarities in central NY). Until then, I always have Tree Swallows to keep me company.
Up now at Nemesis Bird!