A bird listing application that enables bird watchers to study different species, easily organize all their sightings and create reports
Our planet is populated by an unimaginable number of species that walk, crawl, swim or fly, each with unique characteristics that contribute to the overall balance in nature. Sightings have been recorded for some time now, with computer applications greatly enhancing the experience. In this regard, Scythebill comes equipped with the necessary tools so you can track lists of bird sightings.
Multiple methods to add entries
The application takes little of your time to get deployed, but you must make sure you also have Java Runtime Environment installed on your computer so that the application can properly work. This means it’s highly compatible with a large variety of devices, and also comes with a portable version you can use on the go.
With four methods of browsing and editing at your disposal, the application lets you simply enter sightings, show reports, browse by species or by location. Most menus take you through a series of steps so you don’t feel overwhelmed with data.
Browse through a rich collection of sightings
Solid documentation is at the core of the application, also coming equipped with an astonishing library of content. Data is gathered from several specialized websites that are constantly updated with new entries or adjustments.
In order to get all details right, the application closely relies on a dependency of locations. Each sighting needs to be linked to a real location, with suggestions as you type. On the other hand, you can add new locations with several requirement fields, such as type for better identification.
Easy way to add new sightings
Adding a new entry to the database is not a complicated task and can be done from any menu. Location and date need to be provided, with the possibility to also specify status, breeding code, number if available, gender and if photographed or not. Sadly, there are no options to add pictures, which would have been a neat addition seeing how there are well over a hundred items in the database.
Moreover, reports can be generated to include all details, with the possibility to export as spreadsheet, eBird format, or directly print out on a sheet of paper. Output quality is decent, with well arranged elements, but it would have been nice to see more options in this regard.
To sum it up
Taking everything into consideration, we can say that Scythebill is a powerful application to keep around if birds are your topic of interest. Equipped with requirement fields for nearly every detail and a constantly updating database of content, the application promises to keep you on the lookout for new additions to the database.
- JAVA 7 OR LATER
- Full Clements checklist, including all subspecies and groups (courtesy of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
- Fast species entry (“make up your own banding code”)
- Fast reports – instant processing of hundreds of thousands of records
- Simple UI
- Export to EBird or BirdStack
- Arbitrary location hierarchies (e.g., if you want to keep track of “Lower Willows” at the “New Willows” on “Point Reyes” in “Marin County” in “California”, go for it.)