Explore Merlin Bird ID App – eBird Essentials

(music) Merlin is a free app that uses five simple questions to identify the birds you find, providing real-time bird ID guidance, right in the palm of your hand. This is such a cool app, you’ll just have to see it in action. Let’s say we’re out birding, and we see a mysterious small
bird perched on a fence. Time to put Merlin to work. Start Bird ID and Merlin asks,
where did you see the bird? You can choose your current location, choose a position on a map, or simply type in a place or postal code. For this, I’m going to
type in Ithaca, New York. Next question, when did you see the bird? Today’s date will
automatically appear first, so July 23rd works for me. Question three, what size was the bird? Okay, Merlin uses a ruler based on some common types of birds. Was the bird sparrow-sized or smaller? Goose-sized or larger? Or somewhere in between? Sometimes this is hard, especially if the bird moves too quickly, but give it your best guess. I think our bird is slightly
larger than a sparrow and smaller than a robin, so I’ll choose between sparrow and robin. On to number four, what
were the main colors? Again, this may be difficult
depending on the bird and the time of day you see it, but try to choose up to three of the most obvious colors you saw. I saw some blue on its
back, orange on the throat, and some buffy brown on the belly. Finally, what was the bird
doing when you saw it? Eating at a feeder, swimming? No, and it wasn’t on the ground. A-ha, on a fence or wire. And that’s it. These deceptively simple questions are at the core of all bird ID. Next, we’ll get our results. Merlin provides a list of birds
you are most likely to see, based on your description and eBird data for that
location and time of year. And here’s our list. Hey, that’s it, it’s a Barn Swallow. You can check out photos of the species, listen to songs and calls, and browse the rest of the list
to see other similar birds. Once you’ve identified your bird, be sure to help Merlin learn
by choosing This is My Bird. If you’re able to get a
photo of the bird you see, you can also use the incredible
Merlin Photo ID feature. Select an image from your
phone or snap a new one. Zoom in so the bird fills
the frame, then click next. Confirm the location and
the date and hit Identify. Like magic, Merlin analyzes the photo and gives you a list
of most likely species. Yep, that’s a Barn Swallow. Thanks to cutting edge
computer vision technology, Merlin Photo ID is more than 90% accurate for thousands of species of birds. Isn’t that amazing? (music)

12 thoughts on “Explore Merlin Bird ID App – eBird Essentials

  1. great app that I love to use. I am actually making a video on my top 5 favorite birding apps that I am planning on publishing soon!

  2. Anyone know what kind of bird this is, looks like heron crossbred with a chicken?

  3. i live in spain and its very helpfull , but will have soon the list of bird from south eat asi and asia because i go there many times

  4. Indians lost. They…like others killed each other over land and resources. Women and children.
    They attacked and were attached by white men but lost. How does the color of a man's skin change the rules of killing?

  5. It is an amazing app. Sparrows are my bane, but armed with the app and a decent pair of binoculars, I have now ID'd five sparrow species as compared to only 2 without the app. The calls were really helpful as I listen as much as I watch.

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