Really helps narrow down 5/5
On a family vacation in Florida, we had several birds and had fun discussing which was which.
We each had resources and debated the bird. Merlin seemed to lock into the final choice.
Mostly love the app, but... 3/5
I'm a total novice about birds and downloaded app when I moved from San Francisco to the Gulf Coast of Florida and became fascinated with my local birds. I had mostly the same birds for years, so deleted the app.
After a recent move, I've been trying to use the app and have had some issues.
1) The location packs- my region only had 300-400 species and I didn't see some of the ones that I was looking for. I ended up downloading the Gulf of Mexico pack instead of SE United States because there were more and more relevant bird species.
2) I was trying to identify and distinguish some of my birds from photos from a few years ago and I couldn't find a year option in the date. If the year option is there, it's unclear. I would have liked to have known if I saw my birds through various life stages or if they were different birds 🙁
Otherwise, it's been fun to use the app to identify birds I photograph and learn about them. I'm really getting into birdwatching!
Without more separation between regions and no year option, I can't imagine the app being very useful other than very basic bird identification.
I did end up downloading other Cornell apps, so maybe this is a starter and you can progress to more involved/detailed identification as your interests broaden.
Overall great app, very useful 👍🏻
doesn’t save identifies birds 3/5
this app is AMAZING for identifying birds, especially since i live next to a state park with over 100+ species of birds, and I frequently travel all over the country, but it’s frustrating that when you ID a bird, that there is no list you can go to later on showing which birds you’ve previously identified. It seems like such a simple feature that could be added to this app. Such a small fix that would make this application a solid 5 stars, but until then I have to keep my review at 3 stars.
Love it! 5/5
By Rowan racer
This is a great birding app. I have been testing over and over and it always gets it right! Merlin is great. You have to get this app. Any bird lover should have it.
Very helpful 5/5
Very useful bird identifier, especially if you are not familiar with the local species.
Love this! 4/5
The app is helping me get familiar with birds I haven’t seen before - just starting out after moving to Germany. Only problem is my lack of experience and poor quality pics - sometimes I’m not positive I have a match.
Love it 5/5
I love birding and photography. This is my go to app for ID of a bird I don’t know. I can identity from description or a photo!! Fantastic!
Great starter app 5/5
I was able to identify and learn about the birds in my yard with ease! Love it!
Great app 5/5
I thoroughly enjoy this app. One of my favorite features is the sound identification. I will often play the sounds for the birds in the trees near my back patio and listen to them answer back. One feature I would like to see added is a ‘my birds’ section where I can keep a record of the birds that I identify. Well worth the download. I have never had any issues with it freezing up or closing out.
Just what I was looking for! 5/5
I love this app! It helps me identify birds I see at home and where ever I go! It has pictures, bird calls and great descriptions! I am enjoying my new hobby thanks to this app!💕
Fun and Informative 5/5
I like to know the names of the birds I am seeing. We are back and forth across the US quite a bit and the bird packs for specific parts of the country are helpful when identifying birds in places I’m less familiar. Even just in my own back yard it’s fun to learn about the birds visiting my feeders. And I love that recordings of their calls and songs are available as well!
Great tool at home and on trips 4/5
I use this app quite a bit. It has helped me identify birds from coast to coast.
Great app 4/5
Love the app but would to keep a “my bird” list of birds I have seen anywhere
Essential backyard birding tool 5/5
Having recently moved to TX from another part of the country, I know very little about the varieties of birds I see at my feeder. This app allows me to identify what I see and learn a bit about them. I love this app!
Excellent app! 5/5
By Rangerbill 1
Intuitive and well thought out! A series of questions leads to a list of possibilities that has always included my bird!
Fun, quick, and easy way to ID your bird of the moment.
A big help here at Harris Neck GA, as always! Very useful!
Great app, and always improving 5/5
Easy to use, good selection of photos and sound recordings for each species. Cornell lab of Ornithology regularly adds functionality. Would be nice to have a few more details about each species in the descriptions.
Good App 5/5
I’m not a big bird watcher but am often curious about birds in the neighborhood. This app always identifies the birds I see. Very good app.
Great app 5/5
By Upton O. Good
Had ornithology a number of years ago, used Roger Peterson’s field guide for many years. This app is easy, fast and accurate.
Good basic app 4/5
By Flipped oner
Easy to use and I enjoy looking up and listening to the calls. Now when I’m out and hear a bird, I can associate it to the type.
Best bird app! 4/5
Love this app, use it almost daily. We’ve identified many birds around us.
I love the detail and pictures of the differences between adults, juveniles, male, female. Being able to listen to the calls is so fun. My only wish is that we could catalog the birds we’ve identified.
Great app 5/5
So helpful to new birders. I really like to use it to help me I’d and then I go elsewhere for more info about the birds if I want.
BEST BIRDING APP👏🏼👍🏼👏🏼👍🏼👏🏼👍🏼 5/5
A friend inspired an interest in Birding and suggested downloading the Merlin app. I am a “bird lister” and the app is very easy to navigate. Also, I like the different categories for sounds and maps. Thank you for helping me with Birding.
Wonderful ID Help 5/5
The new picture ID is very nice and helpful! Love the app!
Great bird info 5/5
By jvb Iii
This Cornell app is excellent with comprehensive bird information, good bird pictures, and great recordings of bird calls. We have recommended it to friends who also think it is great. Highly rated and thanks.
Great way to key out birds 5/5
Love, Love, love the app, my only small criticism is that, while the photos to help you ID the birds are beautiful, they don’t always show all the aspects. I have to go to Sibley’s or Peterson’s for some specifics- especially for juveniles. Also, when swiping right or left on photos, it often bumps me back a page.
My husband and I love to watch the birds that reside in our trees and those who visit our feeders. Just this morning we’ve had Bluejays, cardinals, a red-bellied woodpecker, sparrows and a few that I’m identifying right now, using my Merlin Bird app. I’ve Identified quite a few birds with my app and really love it. I’ve shared it with friends who also enjoy our love of birdwatching! This is truly my favorite app!
Better than a book 5/5
By Padre man
This app was recommended to me by my local Wild Birds Unlimited. Everything from the Cornell group is great and this app is no different. Now we can watch the birds at our feeders and quickly identify them. We now know more bird names than ever. I love this wonderful app.
Amazing app, but... 5/5
I really enjoy this app and the ease of use when identifying the birds in my yard. I’m amazed at how many different species of birds there are. They’re all beautiful! BUT, my only complaint is there’s no way to save the birds I’ve identified so I can share with my neighbors or study those specific birds more. That would be a great upgrade to this very useful app.
Great app!! 5/5
I'm a novice and this app is incredibly helpful!
Nice free app 4/5
Makes identifying birds so easy.
Very Good 4/5
Makes identifying any bird (so far) a snap. Great features, like calls.
Great free birding app 5/5
Easy to use and fun.
Great for Identification, needs improvement 4/5
By Hail State!
This is a great app for identifying birds, especially for new bird watchers. However, it would be better if it had a way of keeping up with the birds identified. When the user clicks “yes, this is my bird” the app should add that bird to a list for the user to be able to go back and see the birds they have spotted.
Educational and great fun 5/5
I am learning so much about the environment through the birds around me by using Merlin Birds. I’m becoming aware of birds that previously I had not seen. The app is so very easy to use, easier than field guides. It is great to see a variety of photographs of each bird: juveniles, adult females and adult males. I am learning the birds’ songs as well.
Wonderful birding app 5/5
By Eco- cook
I recently visited Europe and the app showed the birds I would possibly see in the region where I was. This allowed me to identify several birds! There was one bird that I never saw but always heard at a specific time each day. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a way to search for the bird by sound alone.
Makes bird watching even more fun. 5/5
My husband and I love to watch the birds from our breakfast nook each day. This app makes it such fun to identify birds that come to our feeders.
Love this app 5/5
Great way to ID BIRDS AS ONE travels around the US. Invaluable too.
I always recommend it to folks who ask me bird questions too.
It’s been very helpful every where I go.
Easy to use 5/5
I’ve learned so much from Merlin! The app is fun and easy to use and Merlin has taught me to recognise many different birds by sight and sound.
Excellent guide to help ID birds... 5/5
I highly recommend this app to assist with bird and waterfowl identification.....
A more successful birder 5/5
I use it as a study guide pre-trip and in the field. New Belize and Costa Rica packs are great. If you are traveling to Belize add the Yucatán pack too.
The identifier 5/5
This app has helped me so many times when I just wasn’t sure what kind of bird I’d photographed. Especially when visiting New Mexico, where I'm not familiar with the birds. Although it’s not perfect I think if you have a decent photo it’s usually spot on. I’d recommend it to bird photographers out there! Thanks Merlin!
Great learning tool! 5/5
Have been using this app for a couple of months now. I take a lot of bird photos but don't know many of their names and this app has been so helpful. Highly recommended.
Great app. The ability to take a photo and identify the bird is great option just as you are viewing it.
I have learned 5/5
Great app. I have been paying more attention to the birds as a result of useing this app. Thanks to the folks up in Ithaca.
This app has more potential 3/5
This is a very helpful app and you can learn a lot from it. It makes identifying birds simple which is amazing. There are just a few things I wish it could do. It would be nice if the app could record the birds that are identified so you can look back and see what you observed and when. I also noticed that the website from this same group had a lot more info on the bird’s page, which is fine (for simplicity and size) but maybe a link to see more info online would be a nice addition. This is a great app that has more potential.
Needs a few Touches & is Perfect ! 4/5
This app is great ! They need to make a Favorite List Category ( where we can save the birds that we want to call )
& if they can make a repeat button on the calls it would be awesome because that way you don't have to keep pressing the button every 3-5 seconds !!
Would Be Perfect for me if they can Make those Changes !!!
Ok app 3/5
Ok, yes this app has helped me identify many birds over the past year, but sadly it does not save the birds you’ve identified to be studied later. This is probably my biggest complaint.
Also, the identifying color chart is not very accurate (you only get to choose 3 colors) sometimes. For example, the Golden Crown Kinglet has an obvious orangish stripe on the top of head, along with black stripes and olive/ white coloring. When you enter any of these combinations in, the GCK does not show up. In fact, I had to Google the colors and the first thing that popped up was..yup the Kinglet. So I copied the photo and showed it to the app and only then did it get it correct.
All in all it is a great app but it definitely needs some much needed help identifying some birds. Also as I stated before, a place to save the birds you’ve identified!
Hope this helps.
Merlin - the Marvelous Bird Identifier 5/5
I love this app! It's lovely to have it always at the ready to use when I see an unusual bird. It's quite wonderful how, with 5 questions and several more about location & such, the program gives you likely birds that you are viewing; most often the correct bird is the first or second choice. I also enjoy the audio provided to hear the actual songs and calls of selected birds. I highly recommend this app!
Very helpful and informative 5/5
Have used app since it first came out. Makes it simple to ID any bird I need to identify or just want to learn more about.