Welcome to Sparkbird.
The world’s first automated bird watcher!
Tell it your favorite species and never miss a visit again.
We started this project because we were always wondering what rare species we were missing at our feeders. While at work, running errands, or spending time with our kids it is easy to miss that rare visit from a Spark. That is why we created Sparkbird.
Tips & Tricks
Setup your phone on a tripod pointed out a window at your feeder. Ideally the feeder would be 5 feet or less from the window. Though, you can put the feeder further away if your phone has a telephoto lens.
Pinch and zoom your phone in on the feeder so that the primary perching areas are clearly visible and not too small. Experiment a bit to get the best detections.
If possible, orient your phone vertically. This may allow you to get ground feeding birds in addition to the ones on the feeder. Some of our most unexpected visitors have been ground feeders that were caught by the phone.
Share your Favorites
When viewing a field log entry, you can choose to share your favorite photos with other SparkBird members. Touch the globe icon on the picture and it will show in the global feed for others to like.
In with the Old
Use an old phone that no longer has cell service as your SparkBird phone. As long as you have wifi, any old phone should work great to catch birds at your feeder. This allows you to leave it up all the time when you are not around and needing only wifi makes it free to operate.
Remove any screens from the window. The screen interferes with the applications ability to recognize birds.
Avoid bird-window collisions (BWC’s) by installing anti-collision decals on your window glass. For example.
Make sure your phone tripod is located near a power outlet and has decent wifi reception.
If you have two phones, you can see what is happening on the other in real time! Link devices on the "Profile" tab inside the app.
For best pictures and results use a more recent phone. The latest iPhone, X or newer that have telephoto lenses and neural chips provide the very best results.
Turn your feeder so that the main perches are located with profile views from your camera. Or, block off the perches that are hidden behind the feeder.
Is your feeder too far away from your window? Buy a telephoto lense for your phone. There are a ton of great options on Amazon.
Did SparkBird give you the wrong species? Touch the box and see the other possibilities inside the field log! Often the correct one is there (touch to change).
We are building a Sparkbird community in multiple places...
Engage with us us on Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit!
Want to earn premium service levels? You can do that by becoming a Bird Bounty Hunter! We are looking for volunteers that want to help us round out our species database. If you are interested in helping check the reddit page for the latest bounty list. Or, email us and submit your captures.