Bird list database

To: Lawrie Conole <>
Subject: Bird list database
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 2008 11:33:19 +1100
Lawrie and other Mac users out there,

As a Mac user, may I suggest Bento? I use it for recording my sightings. It allowed me to quickly make up a database to record what I want from my sightings and to make up various lists, e.g. Life, World, Australia, Elbonia etc. It does not have all the bells and whistles of its big brother Filemaker, it works for me, and at $79.00 is easy on the pocket.


Carl Clifford

On 09/10/2008, at 9:58 AM, Lawrie Conole wrote:

Paul Dodd wrote:

I initially looked for a database program but then came across an online
application, Eremaea Birds -, which I use for my
There are several benefits to the online application, first it is free!
Secondly it means that you can access your sightings from anywhere.

Ahem ... anywhere you have a connection to the 'net! This seems to me to be a major drawback with any of the web-based birding databases - designed for
dude holidays where there are 'net cafes on every corner!!

because quite a number of people use the application, there is loads of
information on sightings and locations that you can access.

That's true, but it's why I see Eremaea Birds as an excellent companion to a standalone program. As I've said many times before, I use BirdInfo, a local
(Canberra-based) app with lots of great features.  It is not pretty and
there is a steepish learning curve, and it's a PC only app, but I've used it for about 15 years now & it's still a very useful tool that I refer to a few
times a week.  I can use it on a laptop in the middle of nowhere.  It is
really cheap by UK standards.  Find it here - perhaps the one drawback is
that it looks like Simon has effectively stopped developing it, but the
current version offers various user-defined mod's, and will run +/- for ever
(I hope).

I run Macs at home and I haven't yet been impressed with any of the OSX
birding database applications (J-Bird, Wings ...) - which is a pity, as I
don't really want to continue to be tied to Windows for just one killer
legacy program  :-(

My $0.02 worth ... again!

Lawrie Conole
28 Reid Street
Northcote 3070 AUSTRALIA
lconole at gmail dot com

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