TERRIBLE !! The time I used it it did horribly, giving a stupefyingly large range of species equal likelihood for a chipping sparrow. Then, to test it, I used the calls of several very common, easily identifiable birds from the Cornell Ornithology website, e.g. cardinal, Carolina wren. None of the correct birds were in the top 5 of its likelihood ratings.
Still learning how to use it, but it hasn't identified my birds yet. Maybe I don't have good microphones? It is fun to have a place to keep some recordings, and these have automatic GPS tags which is cool. So 3.5 stars. Not sure about some of the recordings either.
Well, it's pretty terrible. Also, why would it not work from a recording? The spectrogram results would be the same as in the wild, if not better in an isolated environment. I call shenanigans on this one. Also there's not even a lot of information on the birds and Tyne recordings in the app haven't been cleaned up, they sound awful.
I understand that this is difficult since every bird has a unique variance in their song, but there are still base patterns that birders learn. Why can't the database start with those and then continue to add as more people submit their own? Also it is VERY frustrating that the arrows to play the recognized matches often take you back to the recording screen instead on playing that birds song.
If I could get my money back from the developers, that would be cool of of them. Otherwise I'm going to hate on this app so effing hard.
I've enjoyed just browsing through the birds in this app..realizing just how often I've heard the bird calls and songs without knowing which birds made these sounds. Now when I'm outside, I'm already identifying the nearby birds!! I have played w the recorder ID, it's easy to use, but with my backyard bird feeder I haven't been able to isolate one bird call to use the ID . Great app
Bird Song Id now also works for West coast species and now covers the entire US! Identify birds by their song as seen on the TV show 'Newswatch' on AMC!