This will be the sixth time I've had to download the database in the last month. (Three times it disappeared on its own.) Why does each new version need the database downloaded? Updating and maintaining this app on my phone is taking way more of my time than it's worth. I'm done messing with it. Next time there's an update I'll just delete this and find a different app.
Happy, Happy... After hours & hours of unsuccessfully trying to download the database in previous weeks, today using 4G I was successful. It took 30 minutes & ate 2GB of my allotted monthly time. Since I have accumulated 4GB of rollover (which I still have) it's no big thing. I had 2 - 2 minute timeouts, but it quickly resumed. I turned off 4G & WiFi then used the app successfully. Living in the wilds of AK I needed this. Thanks to the developers. My Interaction with them was the best. A++ & thanks. My old comments: ( I may not be able to get this to work in my remote area. But the developers get an A+ from me for listening, responding & trying.)
Constantly having to reload database is a pain in the ass whether over wifi or 4g (which also uses my data). Really appreciated your smart-ass response. Just sayin 😠
This app, which is always in my pocket, has helped me ID lots of birds I never would have otherwise. But the best feature is the plethora of high quality recordings for every species that has a call or song. For most birds there are multiple recordings. And they work! I have pulled this app out when in the woods and called in a large variety of species. You want to see an owl? Fire this app up at dusk and if there's one nearby, you're likely to see it glide in. I had to read the database recently, due to some Android idiosyncracy, but that took seventeen minutes on WiFi and I was up and running again.
I really love this app! I use it at least weekly. The only thing I don't care for is that every time you leave it to do something else, it takes several seconds to reload, but there's no other birding app that even comes close to this one. The pics are beautiful as helpful and I particularly LOVE and use the sound clips. It's usually my first means of ID. By sight, trying to decide between a hairy or downy woodpecker is quite difficult, but it was easy with ibird because of the sound clips!
I liked the app better before the recent update. The former version was great for teaching people bird songs in the field. I downloaded the new offline full version for use in the field leading groups at a nearby national wildlife refuge and was disappointed by the more limited songs and notes of some of our common birds. I would like to recover the previous full offline version if that's possible.
■ iBird 7 optimized to take a fraction of the space
■ All content is instantly available over WiFi
■ Download entire database to SD card for use in the field
■ iBird Cloud Sync backup of Favorites and Notes
■ 2,700 songs from recordists of the Xeno-Canto community
■ 944 AOU species accounts with latest splits and name changes
■ 34 search attributes; search by Location, Shape, Size, Habitat, Color, Family, etc.
■ The only birding app with both illustrations and photos
eBird Mobile lets you record the birds you see, adding them to eBird with ease