- Bird Log – despite the annoying bugs it was the most recommended birding App
- National Geographic Birds – sixth edition
- Google Maps
- Sibley Guide to Birds of North America
- Birds Eye
- Voxer – which enables you to transform your smart phone into a walkie talkie
- Weather Network
- Wifi Finder
- Topo Maps Canada – this App enables the user to download content for offline use
- Larkwire – great bird song learning App
Noteworthy suggestions included: Navionics, Band Codes, Gas Buddy, GPS Tracker, Breeding Bird Atlas App (Android only) and Leafsnap.
Collated by Jody Allair.
Anous rated top birding app.
Anous brothers Ross Wood and Stu Mackenzie along with companions Matt Slaymaker and Teresa Montras hit up the Niagara River December 2, 2012. Despite pouring rain throughout the day they managed to observe 10 species of gull including 2 adult Black-headed Gulls, and a Black Vulture – see http://anous.org/avian-oddities-interested-birds-rarities-and-more/ for a picture. Other checklists from the day can be observed here – http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12209402 and here http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S12209458 .
On November 15 Matt Slaymaker and Stu Mackenzie visited the Tip Research Station of the Long Point Point Bird Observatory at Long Point, Ontario. Just before departing, Matt observed the tail-end of a strange dove as it dissapeared into a group of Red Cedars. Matt and Stu immediately relocated the bird and took a number of photos. This is the sixth record for Long Point. The photo is posted on our Avian Oddities page – http://anous.org/avian-oddities-interested-birds-rarities-and-more/
Anous Ontario Team: John Brett, Stu Mackenzie, Jody Allair, Christian Friis.
Anous broke three BIG DAY records this past spring: Ontario, Alberta, and Canada. Big Days are the ultimate birding competition, in which birders use all their skills and endurance to find as many species as possible in a single calendar day. On May 26, Anous took the form of the Long Point Bird Observatory “Cygnus Crusaders” found an incredible 204 species – beating the previous Ontario Big Day record of 200 species set in 1999. The following week on June 4, the “Cypress Hills” team tallied a whopping 226 species, a new Alberta Big Day record. This total also broke the Canadian record of 218 species set in Alberta in 2011. Both of these Big Day outings were combined with Bird Studies Canada’s fundraising efforts. Visit the Baillie Birdathon website to sponsor the Cygnus Crusaders or the Cypress Hills and receive a complete summary of their efforts.
You can read summaries of all Anous BIG DAYS in our BIG DAY archives – http://anous.org/anous-big-days-2/