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For birders (casual and not-so-casual alike) I recommend the latest update of Cornell's bird ID app, Merlin. It's free and I got it after it claimed to be able to id birds by sound.

AFIK, it works and has already added a bird to my yard list. (I expect to add more next spring, during migration.) Of all things the bird added to my yard list was a Merlin, which was swooping around above the tree canopy and screeching its head off.

Years ago I bought and returned a free-standing gizmo which claimed to do the same, but failed completely.

To use it, just press the "record" button and more-or-less aim at the singer. You'll see the sonogram on the screen and the id will appear below it.

I believe "Merlin" can also id birds by photo. There is a nice You Tube video of a birder in Portugal doing this by taking an iPhone picture of a bird which was in the screen of his camera/telephoto setup. As the bird was a Hoopoe, I was not impressed with Merlin's capabilities, but I am sure there are others. (Just my cynical way of saying that the Hoopoe is probably the most instantly recognizable bird in the world. Once seen, never forgotten..)

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