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Birds of Britain

Next time you ask yourself, 'what's that bird?', look it up on your phone.

The birds that frequent my bird feeder are usually of the common or garden variety; sparrows, great tits, wagtails and the like, while out in the fields I am increasingly adept at recognising the local buzzards as they hunt for their unfortunate prey. However, occasionally (actually, often) a winged stranger will appear and my lack of ornithological knowledge renders identification impossible. This is when having the Birds of Britain app really comes in handy. At 69p, Birds of Britain is great value for money and absolutely perfect for a bird-brained ignoramus such as myself.

RECORD YOUR SIGHTINGS

Created by the same chaps that put together ‘Trees of Britain’, this is a simple reference app, complete with sample birdsong and lots of clear photographs to aid identification. Once your bird has been successfully identified, you can log when it was spotted. The app will ask to use your location and, over time, you will build a map of all of your bird sightings; a great feature, I think. If you start to really get into the twitching swing, you might like to share your sightings with other bird-fanciers on twitter. Tweeting will never feel more apt.



FEATHERED FACTS

With a little bit of enthusiasm, not only will you soon be able to distinguish your Bramblings from your Bearded Tits, but there is a whole raft of information on each bird to feather your nest with. In no time you will be impressing your townie friends with extensive knowledge of Fringilla Montifringilla’s plumage, dietary habits, UK distribution and mating call.

November 2012