BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide is now available for Android devices

BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide Launches for Android devices

BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide, the only full-featured bird finding app for smartphones, is now available for Android phones and tablets.

November 18, 2014, Pasadena CA – Birds in the Hand, LLC is proud to announce the release today of BirdsEye Bird Finding Guide for Android.

Launching with the same features that have made BirdsEye a hit on the iPhone, BirdsEye for Android will be available as a free download with various optional in-app regional purchase options covering all of the species of bird species in the world. All 1,140 North American species (including Hawaii) costs just $2.99 per month.

BirdsEye is a unique and indispensable tool for birders planning a birding trip, either a short walk in town or a multi-week trip across the globe. The real power of BirdsEye lies in the fact that it can be personalized to show a short list of target birds likely to be of interest to the user based on their life list. Users can track their list for any state/province, country or even county for their life or the current year.

“We built BirdsEye to support our mission: to promote citizen science through worthy projects like the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Project. BirdsEye for Android is especially important because it will help us reaching younger birders and birders in countries where Android is the dominant platform. It’s exciting to finally see BirdsEye, which is really a labor of love, available to so many more people worldwide” said Dr. David Bell, President of Birds in the Hand.

“The surprising thing to me about BirdsEye is how frequently it is used. Typical users open BirdsEye several times a week, making BirdsEye one of the most frequently-used apps on our users’ phones. That tells me that we are meeting an important need among both serious and novice birders” says Drew Weber, VP of Operations.

In addition to helping birders find birds, BirdsEye also offers sound packages for over 4,300 species of birds from BirdSounds.nl, a leading publisher of birding and nature sound packages. These sound packages offer extensive coverage of several areas of Central and South America, Australia, Asia, Western Europe and more. Many additional content packages are in the works.

BirdsEye for iPhone has been featured in the New York Times (http://goo.gl/rLIMXk), Scientific American, Birding Magazine (http://goo.gl/PKVOjR), numerous blogs such as this video blog on digiscoping (http://goo.gl/7SyMHj).

The Android app runs on all phones and tablets with Android 4.1 and higher. More details can be found at:http://birdseyebirding.com/birdseye-android

Download on Google Play

Birds in the Hand, LLC is a mission-driven organization based in Pasadena, CA is a leading producer of apps for birders and other nature enthusiasts. Birds in the Hand has created over 40 birding and nature apps for birders since its founding in 2009. In addition to the BirdsEye apps, Birds in the Hand also partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to produce The Merlin Bird ID App, the most downloaded birding app this year; and the BirdLog family of apps which account for a large fraction of the data flowing into eBird.org.

Review – Phone Skope Camera App for Android

The Phone Skope Camera App is only available for Android at this time, but hopefully it will be out for iOS in the near future. Before I converted to the iPhone 4s, I used the camera app on several occasions, mostly taking pictures of birds through a Celestron Regal 80 F-ED Spotting Scope. I am extremely pleased with the results I have obtained as the weather conditions have been less than ideal for photography. In rainy, foggy weather the camera produces identifiable photos with relatively decent quality. The image stabilizer feature is phenomenal when taking handheld photos. The only downside to the app is that it will not take a photo unless the phone is completely still. Overall, a great app from Phone Skope!

Although these photos are not top-notch, they show that the app can produce identifiable photos under any conditions. This can come in handy when you see that Tufted Duck or Northern Lapwing in the rain or fog.

Belted Kingfisher at the Newark Reservoir on 10 December 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Canada Geese at the Newark Reservoir on 10 December 2012. Photo by Tim Schreckengost.

Phone Skope makes custom adapters for any smartphone and spotting scope combination. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter!

BirdLog is on sale for $0.99!

BirdLog is now on sale for $0.99, through February 18, to support and promote entering your sightings to eBird during the Great Backyard Bird Count!

From Birdseye:

“Our mission is to promote the accurate and frequent use of eBird, and eBird and GBBC are merging this year, so we are proud to support the 2013 Great Backyard Bird Count by lowering the price of all regional versions of BirdLog to just 99¢ for the duration of the count, through Feb. 18.  We hope this great price will attract more birders and provide more higher quality data for the GBBC!”

 

Read the entire article here: http://bit.ly/YUQPTr

Make sure to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 15 – 18 and use BirdLog or your computer to submit your sightings to eBird!

You can purchase BirdLog for both iOS and Android for $0.99 through February 18.

iTunes – http://bit.ly/11qX96J
Google Play Store –  http://bit.ly/UBZM2G

Phone Skope – HTC One X Setup

Do you have the AT&T HTC One X and need a smartphone adapter? Check out this new setup from Phone Skope:

Check out all of the details here: http://www.phoneskope.com/products-page/android-phones/htc-one-x-c2/

Be sure to check out the Phone Skope Camera for Android devices from the Google Play Store. You can read my review of the app there as well.

A New Smartphone Adapter on the Market – Phone Skope

There’s a new company making, what appears to be solid smartphone adapters for binoculars and spotting scopes. They seem to be reasonable in price and will make a custom adapter for any phone and a universal adapter for those using a “permanent” case, such as an Otter BoxPhone Skope is trying to provide hunter, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to capture special moments using their smartphones. Make sure to check out their Bird Watching products!