The more you stroll through parks and forests, you will eventually find that Google Maps is very, very bad in open spaces, so you will need a backup. We especially like Kern, who has more paths tagged by Google but also lets you know where you can expect to find cell coverage – and will also let your loved ones know where you are going, just in case something goes wrong. It's also worth noting that the latest Apple Watch already has a compass built in, so you can follow your directions in a (slightly) old-fashioned way.
Where to go
Now that you've all packed up and downloaded all the apps you need, it's time to head out and start looking for birds. Autumn migration is one of the best times to look for birds, as our feathered friends will head south from September to November. Both eBird and Audibon have hotspots near you, while the eBird app will list all observations of a particular type. And check out the site for your local Audibon community, as they will offer many tips for your specific region. (For example, the NYC Audibon site lists all the parks you can visit and when you can expect the most sights.)