While I find a field guide extremely useful for studying at home, they tend to be a bit bulk for carrying in the field unless you are carrying a backpack. If you are tired of carrying field guides around, consider downloading these apps. This way, as long as you have your phone, you will have your field guide with you.
- The Sibley eGuide to the Birds of North America – This is the same great guide that you are used to but in app format. It’s one of the most expensive apps but is my favorite to use. In addition to the typical drawings, text, and range maps you would find in the paper field guide, the app also offers a variety of songs and calls for most species.
- iBird – This app is a little different in that it is not based on a paper field guide. It offers both photos and drawings of the species and has audio just like the Sibley app. There are various versions of the app that you can choose from.
- Audubon Bird Guide App – This app is entirely photo based so if you prefer photos to drawings for identification help, this app might be the one for you. Also, unlike the other 2, this app is completely free!
Any of these great field guide apps will help you identify all of the birds that you might find around the United States and will help to improve your birding experience. I regularly use various apps as I lead hikes and field trips and find that many of my participants end up downloading the apps because they are so wonderful to use when out birding!