• @ThrowawaySobriquet@lemmy.world
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    362 months ago

    I will never not be amazed at the Sound ID feature. And I have spent a concerning amount of time trying to fake a bird call good enough to fool the app. It is my White Whale

  • @Ookami38@sh.itjust.works
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    92 months ago

    No joke about a month ago I found out about that app, and now I’m obsessing over bird feeders and trying to run away house sparrows. This app is DANGEROUS, it’s probably more addictive than cocaine.

    • ɠισƚԋҽϝʅσɯ
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      22 months ago

      Merlin identifies birds as soon as it thinks it hears one; that is quite nice. I can click on the listed bird and it will jump to the section(s) of the recording where it heard the bird. Iirc birdnet makes you create a selection. I am no expert but they both seem accurate.

      • @IrritableOcelot@beehaw.org
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        12 months ago

        I’ve tried multiple times to get the song ID to work, but the birdsong has to be so loud in the recording for it to detect it that I rarely get close enough to a bird for it to work. I was sad about that, it seemed so cool. And to be honest, for visual ID, I still prefer a bird book. Maybe it’s just a me thing.

    • @cobra89@beehaw.org
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      52 months ago

      While yes it has a bird sound ID, you can also use it to ID birds visually by giving your location and answering a few questions, after which it gives you a list of birds from the most probable to least.

  • @jared
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    42 months ago

    Anyone know of any other good similar apps? I’ve tried multiple plant ID apps over the years but none I’d recommend.

    • TWeaK
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      32 months ago

      WhoBIRD has been working well for me. Doesn’t have the visual ID stuff that Merlin has, but it’s FOSS and identifies by sound, based on location and time of year.

      Granted, I don’t know enough to know when it’s wrong, and I bet it’s not great for identifying rare birds, but it’s fun.

      • @garrett@lemm.ee
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        22 months ago

        I totally agree. whoBIRD is amazing.

        I did use BirdNet for quite some time before whoBIRD was available, but it’s so great to be able to open up the app (whoBIRD) wherever and have it identify the birds we’re hearing without having to wait for a network round trip. The somewhat recent feature of showing bird photos in whoBIRD is nice as well.

        Running the app from time to time has had me notice birds in the area I would’ve otherwise missed.

        Thanks to the app, I saw a long tailed tit for the first time and even managed to get a few photos! (They were mixed in with other bird song, but the app said they were singing in the area too. After a little searching, we found them.)

        Photos:

        https://pixelfed.social/i/web/post/677904448182940941

        https://pixelfed.social/i/web/post/678023083037619560

        It’s definitely an app that would make someone install F-Droid on Android if they haven’t already. (As it’s only available on F-Droid and not Google Play.)

        https://f-droid.org/packages/org.woheller69.whobird/

        • TWeaK
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          12 months ago

          I don’t think so, it also includes at least 4 trackers.

  • @Crackhappy@lemmy.world
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    32 months ago

    It’s fucking so incredibly cool. WE use it all the time just in our backyard when we hear or see a new bird.

  • @niktemadur@lemmy.world
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    12 months ago

    Well what do you know… I just saw a new bird in my backyard, never seen this particular fella before, wondered what type of bird it is.