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BirdBeat - Birder's iField Notebook: Songbird Edition

By Heather KiNCH Studio, LLC

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Identifying birds just got easier...and a whole lot more fun!

BirdBeat™ Birder’s iField Notebook™ ~ a revolutionary portable field observation & ID tool ~ lets you quickly & accurately capture key visual info and field data about a bird to make a positive species identification.

World-renowned birding experts agree – the best way to learn about birds and become a better birder is by using your eyes, sketching what you see, and taking great field notes.

BirdBeat helps you do that swiftly and with ease – whether or not you can draw. Just record and save color & pattern markings and other field data on a BirdBeat preformatted topography template – then go back to birding!

Later, you can match your BirdBeat iField Sketch™ to your digital or hard copy field guide of choice, and share them with friends to help you ID your sightings.


“Really direct, extremely useful. I definitely felt like I could use it without a whole lot of training.” - Shannon F. (Portland, OR)

“This is the most unique app I’ve ever seen. It’s going to be huge!” ~ Jose B. (Vista, CA)

“Birders are going to LOVE this!” ~ Andy S. (Austin, TX)

“It’s fun! I got so caught up in the coloring of one of my life birds (Rock Wren).” ~ Maueve H. (Gainesville, VA)

“I’m not even a birder but after using BirdBeat, I find myself paying more attention to the birds around my home and wanting to paint them with my app.” ~ Colleen K. (San Diego, CA)

BirdBeat – Birder’s iField Notebook: Songbird Edition is the first in an upcoming series of apps that will allow you to create iField Sketches and record field data for all North American Birds. Future BirdBeat releases include Backyard Birds, Waterfowl, Birds of Prey, Shorebirds/Marsh Birds, Wading Birds, Seabirds, Game Birds, and a Premium North American Birds Edition that will include a predictive search database.


Preformatted bird templates to record color, pattern markings and field data about your sightings of 300+ North American Songbirds. *

Check box selections of Environmental and Behavioral info to capture critical field data FAST and an option to jot your own notes for everything else.

Use built-in GPS from your device to capture the location of your sightings.

Quick Check checklist of key pattern markings to trigger memory for updating or finishing iField Sketches later

Share your iField Sketches by uploading to Facebook and emailing them to friends.

Pinch & zoom to focus and work on specific areas of your iField Sketch.

Screen lock feature to move template around and avoid unintended coloring.

iField Sketches can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose to make them

Saved iField Sketches and their data are stored in “My iField Notebook”

Your color palettes saved with each iField Sketch for convenient use in later editing

*BirdBeat Birder’s iField Notebook: Songbird Edition topography templates will suit the following Songbirds: Flycatchers, Vireos, Jays, Chickadees, Titmice, Wrens, Thrashers, Thrushes, Finches, Warblers, Orioles, Blackbirds, Sparrows, Tanagers, Cardinals, Larks, Pipits/Wagtails, Waxwings

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Customer Reviews


This is the best new birding app tool to come along in years! As a birder who's not an artist, I'm thrilled to finally be able to color my own field sketches and record my own data faster than I could with paper & pen. The app's color pallette and data menus are great and easy to use. I think the reviewer who talks about "coloring in the lines" is missing the point of this app. They're songbird templates so I don't have to lose time trying to draw and can just focus on what I see, get it down and save it for later. Browns and greys are pretty easy to mix too - I found out how in the FAQs in the app. And guess what, the more I use it, the faster I get and the more I love it. Thanks, BirdBeat!

Great Ap

Just downloaded this ap and I am going to enjoy it. Great for in-the-field so that you don't have to lug a book and paper to describe the bird...just color in what you want to in order to ID later. Took me a minute to learn to unlock the screen to apply color. Able to check off many attributes from description of the wing, tail and body to flight pattern or song. You can even take notes! I recommend this highly. Thank you to whoever had the talent to create this wonderful ap!

Great Tool

GREAT app. Fun to use and easy. Makes taking field notes and quick ref drawings a breeze! Program is well thought out and works smoothly. All functions respond quickly. This is really a handy app for all birders!!

BirdBeat - Birder's iField Notebook: Songbird Edition
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  • $4.99
  • Category: Reference
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 1.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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