Update: app stated working and it's great! I have be able to identify so many birds. The only reason it gets 4 stars is you can't create a list of birds you have identified. But the photo tool works like a dream. Has not been able to one bird. Even what should be an easy bird to identify, a mallard duck. Will keep trying because I like the idea. Will update if the apps start working better and give a better rating. I hope it works
Worthless. The birds I am looking at do not appear in results. There were quail in my yard so a search for quail did not return the most common quail there is. Thanks to a Google search for quail I then searched in the app for "Northern Bobwhite" and there it was saying "the only quail native to Eastern North America" and the map shows it is more widespread than any of the examples returned in the quail search. Even then at first there were no results because I had to remove the space at the end of Bobwhite that spellchecker adds. Maybe a good app for ornitholigists who already know everything but useless for novice hobbiest. The quail example is only the latest frustration. Every time I try to use this app I have a similar experience. It rarely returns the bird I am looking at. The Audubon app is no better.
(If you've been having trouble with the app not giving any results, read below!) This app is amazing!! It's been spot on every time and even gave additional birds in the results that were pretty close to what I searched, just in case I didn't get the best look at the bird and my search input was slightly off! I would love if there was a way to save the birds I've seen to a list of my own, even if it required me to create an account to log in, so I could always refer back to my list. (Which, I just found out, it looks like they're preparing to release a version with this feature in the next few months!) Also, when I first started searching for my bird, no results were popping up and I was quite disappointed with the app and almost uninstalled it... until I realized that I had to install a 'Bird Pack' before any results would actually show up. (Which I believe is what a couple of the 1-star ratings are referring to when they said no results were showing.) Maybe guiding the user to the 'Bird Packs' section before they really delve into the app would be a good idea, that way people don't get frustrated and uninstall the app before they realize how amazing it is. I Love it and can't wait to head out to some parks to discover even more birds! ♡
I had this app for a while now and I liked it. Recently since it updated it hasn't been working. Always says no matches found. Forced to delete the app. Galaxy S7
I wish it would save the birds I've identified or let me set some as favorites. The bird calls and song audios are phenomenal, it'd be nice to have quicker access to them.
when I first installed it, it worked great! even with blurry, poor quality photos, merlin could identify the bird accurately. I was super excited for this app, but it's suddenly just stopped working. when I try to search birds under "explore," it only says "no matches." entering in details doesn't bring up anything either. I have the full US and Canada bird packs, too. it's honestly such a shame this app has stopped working considering the amount of information was provided when it did work; bird calls, accurate, clear photos of birds at different ages and seasons, and habitat range were all shown. I'm really disappointed I've gotten to a point where I need to delete such a promising app.
THE BIRD PACK UPDATE
• Download just the birds for your region, reducing the size of the app
• Initial app download size significantly reduced
• Scientific name shown in photo gallery
• General improvements
eBird Mobile lets you record the birds you see, adding them to eBird with ease