These apps are for the birds! You can use them for bird watching, bird identifying and attracting birds to your garden.

Spring brings birds, and you want to identify your new winged visitors. Even better, wouldn’t it be great to plan your garden to attract more birds all year?

Try these free apps to help you identify and attract more birds to your garden and enjoy bird watching all spring and summer.

  • The latest bird calling app was just released from Avelgood for Windows phones. If it works as billed, Twigle is supposed to record bird song and identify your bird in seconds, much like music recognition apps. The free app also has a bird journal and other features.
  • National Geographic’s Birds Lite has about 70 species of birds in its interactive free app with lists, photos and location maps. Like many free apps, you can upgrade to get more species and features.
  • For a field guide, try iBird Lite. Mostly designed to introduce users to the company’s paid apps, iBird Lite has 48 bird species in North America. Illustration, bird calls and photos are added to facts about the bird species.
  • For an educational approach, try WildLab Bird from Mediated Spaces. The birds are set up more by terrain, but the app is interactive if you want to involve the kids more in spotting birds than in their, well, flapping or anger.
  • It’s called BeeSmart, but the BeeSmart Pollinator Gardener tells you which plants to add to your garden to attract bees and hummingbirds. Just plug in your ZIP code. And learn more about a few plants that attract bees from Home Wizards.

The magazine Birds & Blooms, along with many other gardening publications, have free apps. A few other apps or upgrades to free ones are affordable. Audubon comes to mind, of course. Check out the society’s mobile apps on their website. BirdsEye bird logs have apps based on continents that tell you when you might expect to see certain birds in your area by month.