Birding by Ear

Birding by Ear

Birding by ear.  There’s an app for that!

We’ve all been waiting for it, and it’s finally here!  A Shazam app for bird songs.  (For the uninitiated, the Shazam app will identify the song that is playing in a restaurant, elevator — pretty much anywhere.)

Song Sleuth is an app for your smart phone that will allow you to identify the birds you hear in your garden.  Here is what their website says about it:

“Song Sleuth is a fun and easy way to learn birding by ear. Everywhere you go, Song Sleuth can listen to the birds singing around you, and instantly show you the most likely bird species that it heard. The app provides all the tools you need to determine which is the correct bird. Save and share your recordings, and learn about each bird with the built-in David Sibley Bird Reference.”

We have just recently downloaded it and haven’t used it much yet, so we don’t know if it’s worth the $9.99 price tag.  If it really works like they say it does, it will be wonderful to be able to quickly identify that elusive bird that you can hear, but not see!

If you decide to try it out, please let us know what you think.  We will publish our review in a future newsletter.

About the author: Bird House on the Greenway on Rea Road and Wildology at Waverly are owned and operated by Carol Buie-Jackson and Jay Jackson.  Both have been avid birders and wildlife enthusiasts for more than 30 years and are more than willing to share what they know about the local birding community.  You can contact Carol at