Do you know your parts of a bird? Could you confidently point out a bird's flanks, crown, bill and other key features? Then you can help develop a new tool from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Merlin Hot Spot. The eventual hope is that Merlin - a complex online program - will be capable of identifying birds from photos, but the growth of the tool is based on user input from birders of all experience levels.
Merlin Hot Spot asks visitors to label a single bird part on a series of photos with a simple click - and if the part is not visible, you can click to the next photo. No registration or login is necessary, and visitors also get to enjoy a wide range of great photos of different bird species. Whether you have time to help with one photo, just a few or a few dozen, every piece of input can help Merlin learn!
Photo © Larry Hennessy