Cool mornings, with rich dew and gentle northern breezes, are the first real signs that our hot Oklahoma summer is beginning to yield to the inevitable changing of seasonal guard. The days that lie ahead are filled with the great southern migrations, the intensity of rut, and frantic storing of this year's harvest before the cold days of winter set in. As you take to the field this season, you may find yourself hearing a buzz, a chirp, or a distant drumming while sitting in your tree stand. You may even catch a glimpse of a brightly colored bird hopping around while glassing for that hit list whitetail and you ask yourself, “what is that?”
You might be thinking you don’t want to carry some heavy field guide while trekking to your favorite tree stand, and neither do I. But I bet you are carrying your phone while navigating to the aforementioned tree stand and if you are, then that’s all you need.
Bird identification apps for your smart phone are a dime a dozen. Here are a few that I use:
- Audubon Bird Guide