Date: 11/5/17 6:34 am
From: David Lantz <lantz503...>
Subject: [obol] Re: The Future of Bird ID
Thanks for the posting, I did try the Merlin ID program on a fairly obscure
photograph and it did get it correctly. I was also surprised it got a dark
morph Hawk so accurately. Very impressive.

David

On Sat, Nov 4, 2017, 20:24 Noah Strycker <noah.strycker...> wrote:

> Hi birders,
>
> David's query ("Bird ID please"), with links to three photos of a mystery
> raptor in California, inspired me to try a little test.
>
> Note: If you haven't downloaded Merlin, the bird ID app from Cornell, do
> it now! (I have no commercial interest in the app, and only recently tried
> it for the first time. It's free.)
>
> I clicked on David's first link, a photo of a brownish hawk in flight -
> one that would probably confuse a lot of birders. Then, using my phone, I
> took a snapshot of that picture as it was displayed on my computer monitor
> (a horribly pixillated way to transfer the image to my phone, but fast).
>
> I opened the Merlin app on my phone, tapped "Photo ID," selected that
> picture, chose "I don't know" when it asked the location and date, and...
> it told me it was a Swainson's Hawk. I tried it with the second image, and
> Merlin again guessed that the bird was a Swainson's Hawk. (Which it is.)
> The whole process took less than a minute.
>
> That's pretty radical! Merlin will now identify any species of North
> American bird (including Mexico) with a click, and it's amazingly accurate.
> I tried it on fall warblers, sparrows, and juvenile shorebirds, and Merlin
> got them all right. Then I gave it photos of Black-capped and Carolina
> chickadees, with no hints about location, and it nailed those, too. It
> correctly identified a bird painting on my wall, and told me that the
> Oregon Birding Association's logo depicts a Hermit Warbler. It's not
> infallible - I was finally able to stump it with a picture of a stuffed
> Labrador Duck (not in the database, apparently!).
>
> Who knows? Maybe the next generation of birding optics will have these
> algorithms built in. The technology is already here. Once you download the
> app, it works offline, too.
>
> http://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/
>
> Good birding,
>
> Noah
>
>
>
>
> On Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 6:54 PM, Karl Schneck <keschneckdds...>
> wrote:
>
>> Swainson's Hawk
>>
>> Karl Schneck
>>
>> "As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but
>> nature's sources never fail." John Muir
>>
>> On Sat, Nov 4, 2017 at 6:49 PM, David Lantz <lantz503...> wrote:
>>
>>> A friend of mine in California took the series of photographs in May.
>>> Can I get help with the identification please?
>>>
>>> https://www.flickr.com/gp/143139614@N05/1KG71L
>>>
>>> https://www.flickr.com/gp/143139614@N05/327E94
>>>
>>> https://www.flickr.com/gp/143139614@N05/23536G
>>>
>>> Thank you, David
>>>
>>
>>
>

 
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