iOS Bird Migration App; Field Notes, Aug. 31, 2013

A few weeks ago, mocosocoBirds published a post, that contained various bird migration links for RADAR maps and blogs. As it turns out, Applique, via Nemesis Bird, created an iOS app that combines all of these links into one convenient application called Bird Migration. The app is built for the iPhone and iPod Touch. You can use it on an iPad if you do not mind the 2x screen size. No version exists for Android devices.

Bird Migration contains links for radar maps starting with the entire United States and drilling down to different geographical regions. It has a wind map which is a link to the wunderground.com map. There are links to the migration blogs: Nemesis Bird, Woodcreeper, Badbirdz Reloaded, North Woods BIRDAR, Birds over Portland and Tom Auer’s Blog which covers New England spilling over into the mocosocoBirds region.

Oh, it is free! It is a most useful tool for following the migration front. The link for Bird Migration in the App Store is here.

Tim Schreckengost ‘s excellent article, which is a compilation of many RADAR and migration links as well as mentioning the Bird Migration app, is at The Ultimate Guide to Migration Online.

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Field Notes

35 Common Nighthawks migrated over our house in Morris Township between 7:15-7:45 p.m. They headed SSE over Kemble Mountain – mostly single birds with occasional groups of 2 and 3. We have only a narrow window of sky to view here and wonder how many actually passed through the area. At 7:50, two Eastern Screech-Owls began calling simultaneously.

60+ Common Nighthawks are reported this evening from Chatham Township (Simon Lane).

From Leslie Webster:
Report from Loantaka Brook Reservation: the following shore birds have shown up on various days and combinations during the last week: Solitary, Least, Spotted, and Semipalmated Sandpipers, as well as Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. It was quiet warbler-wise, except for a group of Black-and-White Warblers seen on Tuesday. Some summer birds are lingering, singing fitfully: Gray Catbirds, Eastern Wood Peewee, and a few Red-eyed Vireos. The Mallard population has grown tremendously while most of the Wood Ducks have disappeared. Tufted Titmice, Carolina Wrens, American Goldfinches, and various woodpeckers are noisily abundant.

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