If you’ve ever wished you could save a list of birds you identify with Merlin Bird ID, you’re not alone. It’s the #1 most requested feature for the app—and we’re excited to announce that it’s here!
Ever since Merlin Bird ID was introduced in 2014, we’ve continually upgraded it—adding coverage for 7,500+ species, building an incredibly accurate Photo ID function, and keeping the app free all the while. We even created a Web-accessible version for the U.S. and Canada that doesn’t take up space on your phone (just tap or click “Bird ID” at the top of any page in All About Birds).
Now we’re rolling out the number one most-requested feature: a way to save a list of the birds you’ve identified. Now, once you’ve confidently identified a bird using Merlin, you can tap a button and store that sighting in a cumulative list of the birds you’ve observed—what birders call a “life list.” All your birds will be available to come back to later, in case you forget the exact name of the species you saw, or just for reliving those special days when you connected with a new bird.
How to Get the Most Out of “Save My Bird”
1. Love Your Life List
Think of a life list as a scrapbook of memories. It’s a record of the sweet sights and sounds you took in over all the days you went birdwatching. That’s why we’re excited to give you the tools to start your life list in Merlin. Use Save My Bird to create a list of all the birds you’ve confidently identified in person. You can even save the same species multiple times, if you want to keep track of all the places you’ve crossed paths with it.
2. Know When to Add a Species
One of the understated skills in birdwatching is knowing when to leave a bird unidentified. Depending on how many details you saw, Merlin might not always lead you to exactly the right species—and that’s okay. You can always wait for a better sighting before you list a bird. When you’re confident of your ID, that’s the time to save it to Merlin.
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