Birders Notebook

Highlight screen of Birders Notebook

Birders Notebook is a free listing software program in which users can add and read sightings in a typical “Diary” style. The current version of the program V was released in 2013 and support the Clements 6.4 species list (full species only). This program allows the user to enter their sightings by date and location, add comments, add images, generate reports and highlights recent sightings.

Birders Notebook is aimed at the beginning birder whom want to keep track of their observations and does not require detailed reporting of life list functionality.

Installation of Birders Notebook was easy. As part of the installation, MS SQL Server Compact Edition will be installed on your computer.

Taxonomic Support

Birders Notebook supports the older Clements 2014 taxonomic list. Only full species are listed. Below you will find a comparison of Birders Notebook against eBird.

Nov 19, 2016 eBird Birders Notebook
Birds Clements 2016 Clements 2014
User can fix list No No
Notes Includes additions such as:
Identifiable Sub-specific Group
Taxonomic list is limited to the full species only.

Integration with eBird

Birders Notebook does not have any tools to import data or export data from and to eBird.

Data Entry

Data entry window for Birders Notebook (click to open)

Data entry in Birders Notebook is cumbersome. Users are either required to know the full species name or use the build-in smart search feature. The latter can be access by double clicking the species name field to open the full database view. At this point it is easy enough to find the species that you want to record. Adding your count is straight forward, but if you want to add the species to your life list, you will need to check another button. All in all, entering data is slow.

Birders Notebook does not have any tools to import data from other programs or files.

Mobile version

Birders Notebook does not have a mobile version.


Reports in Birders notebook are accessible via a centralized menu page that also provides access to the individual checklists and highlights. Reports are limited to a life list organized by family and a location report. Reports can be saved as PDF, Excel or Word document. Via the central menu page user can access individual checklists and edit them. Below are several screen shots illustrating Birders Notebook reports.

The table below compares Birders Notebook reports against eBird.

Report eBird Birders Notebook
Life List
World Life/Year/Month Life
Continent Life/Year/Month
Country Life/Year/Month
State Life/Year/Month
County Life/Year/Month
Location Life/Year/Month Life
ABA Region Life/Year/Month
ABA Ticks Life/Year/Month
Yard Totals “competitive” yard birding  Via location
Charts Multiple species abundance
Single species frequency/group size/average/abundance/high count/totals
All-time First/Last Region/County/Hotspot/IBA
Checklist (observations for a single date/time/location) Location Location
Checklists (printable) Location/Hotspot

Noteworthy Features

A noteworthy feature is the latest lifer details on the highlights page. This feature links to Wikipedia to display the full species taxonomy, IUCN Red List status, species description, and images.

Unfortunately, it appears that Birders notebook is no longer maintained and that the developer has moved on to the development of bird ID software.

Last updated: January 18, 2017

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