Review: Birdseye Hotspots

BirdseyeHotspotsIn August, my mother bought an iPad for me to use on my trip to Long Point. Before I left for Long Point, I filled the iPad with a bunch of birding apps, including the Birdseye Hotspots, which I received from Drew at Nemesis Bird as a review copy.

The Birdseye Hotspot app was created by Birdseye Birding and Nemesis Code and quickly finds eBird hotspots wherever you are, around the world, as long as you are connected to WiFi.

Unfortunately, there are not a lot of hotspots in my area at home (in fact, there are only two).  But in Long Point, where we had WiFi (not at the Tip) there were many more, and I can see how useful the app could be for finding hotspots. I haven’t used the app very much because of the lack of hotspots in my area. However, if I get to visit a new area for birding, or if I ever get to do a Big Year, this app would come in very handy!

The two hotspots in my area

The two hotspots in my area

The app’s interface is very easy to use and intuitive. For every hotspot the app gives you, weather conditions, GPS coordinates and connects to Birdseye so you can see what species have been reported for that hotspot.

The app is compatible with iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touches. The price is just right, for $4.99 you can’t go wrong!

Birding News #15

:: A Common Loon spent 43 days incubating, trying to hatch a pair of rocks

:: An opinion piece by author and birder Brian Kimberling for The New York Times, on “What do the birders know?”  Mr. Kimberling’s new book, Snapper, just published on April 23rd by Pantheon, is about an amateur ornithologist and future falconer. NPR has a good review, with a picture of the lovely cover, here. Also, a good interview with Mr. Kimberling, “the twitcher of Evansville”, at The Independent (UK) here:

the level of detail and casually assured knowledge evident in Snapper, the book which could do for birdwatchers what Annie Proulx did for small-town newspaper reporters and gay cowboys, would tend to suggest that he’s being over-modest. But it’s not a book about birds; more a book about a birdwatcher, Nathan Lochmueller, who is employed by Indiana University to track and log the nesting habits of songbirds in a specific corner of woodland near Evansville.

:: Have you ever wondered what a woodpecker tongue looks like? Find out here!

:: Researchers are studying American Crows to learn more about their evolutionary behavior

:: The pair of Bald Eagles from the eagle cam in Washington, DC has just recently hatched chicks

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Kathie at Kathie’s Birds: In Search of Nighthawks

:: From Hugh at Round Robin294 Species and One Shattered Record on “Almost Perfect” Big Day

:: From Steve at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds: Birds for Bullshit Artists, A Pipit of Excellent Posture, and More

:: From the Backyard Chirper: 10 Interesting Facts About Chickadees

:: From Drew at Nemesis Bird: ***MEGA*** Bahama Woodstar, Lancaster PA

:: From Carrie at 10,000 BirdsEurasian Tree Sparrow From Long Ago

Birding News #13

:: Rare Bird Alert in Canada: A Crested Caracara has been spotted in Lawrencetown Beach in Nova Scotia

:: Adelie Penguins are benefiting from climate change

:: Prince Edward Island Bald Eagles are suffering from lead poisoning

:: Hopefully, this time the Gunnison Sage-Grouse get the protection it needs

:: After Superstorm Sandy destroyed beaches along Delaware Bay, the beaches need reconstruction before the endangered Red Knots arrive in May

:: Researchers at the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory use radio transmitters to study the movements of Baird’s and Grasshopper Sparrows

:: From David Sibley, how to identify flycatchers by the calendar

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Colton at Shortgrass Birding: Sage Thrasher

:: From Mia at On the Wing PhotographyMountain Plovers — A Dream Come True

:: From James, beat writer for 10,000 Birds: 448 Great Thing to Do in Nature

:: From 10,000 Birds: I and the Bird: What Is a Robin?

:: From Alex at Nemesis BirdMagnificent Frigatebird — Determining Age and Sex

:: From Sharon at Birdchick: The latest Birdchick podcast

Birding News #12

:: For the first time since 1955, a pair of Bald Eagles have successfully hatched chicks on the north shore of Lake Ontario. Here is the story from CTV, CBC, and The Hamilton Spectator.

:: The Department of Environmental Conservation in New York State might introduce Spruce Grouse into the Adirondacks as early as this year to help repopulate the native population which is facing extinction as early as 2020.

:: A wild pair of Whooping Cranes in Louisiana have built a nest, but the pair aren’t old enough to produce eggs this year. It’s still very good news!

:: Visit the BirdCast website to see when birds are expected to migrate through your area

:: Sandhill Cranes are wreaking havoc on the baseball and soccer fields in Gibbon, Nebraska.

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From the Backyard Chirper: How to Clean Your Hummingbird Feeder

:: From Laurence at Butler’s Birds: One and Only Patagonia

:: From Drew, beat writer at Nemesis Bird: Delaware Birders Robbed of 1st State Record

:: From Sharon at Birdchick: The latest Birdchick Podcast

:: From Mia at On the Wing Photography: A Juvenile Red-Shouldered Hawk Learning to Hunt

Birding News #10

:: Rare Bird Alert in Canada: A Common Chaffinch (Code 4) has been found in Corner Brook, Newfoundland

:: Are birds able to avoid becoming roadkill?

:: Is finding an owl in the basement a sign of Spring?

:: Many species are now making a comeback after thousands of rats invaded a southern California island 10 years ago

:: Birdseye Smartphone Apps is having a photo contest

:: Buzzfeed on the problem of maintaining privacy for birds in a digital age: “Putting out an owl alert to a listserve of local birders would be like tipping off the paparazzi that Lindsay Lohan is leaving a nightclub with no underwear.”

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Alex at Nemesis Bird: Photo Study: Gray Jay at Algonquin Provincial Park

:: From David at A Calgary Birder: Weekend at Bluetail’s

:: From Rob, beat writer, at Birding Is Fun: An Unexpected Saw-Whet 

:: From Mia at On the Wing PhotographyLoggerhead Shrikes they are MIA

:: From Ken at Rosyfinch Ramblings: A Knot in Tigertail 

Birding News #3

:: The British Columbia government has approved the shooting of Barred Owls to help save their endangered cousins, the Spotted Owls.

:: A study from Duke University found that live Swamp Sparrows are aggressive to taxidermied Swamp Sparrows. A video of the live sparrows attacking the taxidermied ones is at the bottom of this post.

:: The New York Times, the American Bird Conservancy, the Canadian Broadcasting CorporationScienceNews, and many other publications had articles last week about the new Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute study about the staggering amount of birds and mammals killed by cats.

:: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology will host a Young Birders Event, August 22-25, 2013. The application deadline is April 1st, and 10 young birders will be accepted.

:: Volunteers are needed to help monitor Red-shouldered Hawk nests in Wisconsin

Great posts in birding blogs this week:

:: From Scott Simmons, beat writer at Birding is Fun: Bird Photography for Birders

:: From Nemesis Bird: Looking at Marbled Godwits

:: From Clare Kines, beat writer at 10,000 Birds: His take on Baiting Birds, Owls in Particular

:: From 10,000 Birds: I and the Bird: What is a Raven?

The Swamp Sparrow video mentioned up above,