For the fifth year in succession, a one day workshop on Bird Monitoring in Kerala was held at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, College of Forestry, Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur on 10 June 2018. About 70 birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, representing various organisations in Kerala participated in the workshop. Participants represented Cochin Natural History Society (CNHS), Malabar Natural History Society (MNHS),… read more »

Kerala Bird Monitoring Workshop June 2018

May is the month with the lowest birding activity in India, but hundreds of intrepid birders are still out there, watching and recording the species they see! Here is the breakup of birding in India in the month of May 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,207 (1,271) Number of lists (all types): 11,300 (13,700) Number of… read more »

May 2018 eBirders of the month

As the temperature rises in most parts of India, April tends to see a further drop in birding activity. Here is the breakup of birding in India in the month of April 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,271 (1,611) Number of lists (all types): 13,700 (20,600) Number of observations: 2.3 lakh (3.5 lakh) April challenge The… read more »

April 2018 eBirders of the month

May is peak breeding season for birds across India. Or is it? Sadly breeding seasonality of our birds is poorly known. With Endemic Bird Day approaching, let’s go out to see how many subcontinental endemics are around us. Many of these birds are resident and this is the best time to observe breeding behaviour – which could be courtship or… read more »

May 2018 eBirding Challenge

Grey Francolin, Indian Peafowl, Common Hawk-Cuckoo, Indian Grey Hornbill, Black-rumped Flameback, Plum-headed Parakeet, Indian Pitta, Ashy Prinia, Jungle Babbler, Indian Robin, Brahminy Starling and Purple-rumped Sunbird. What do these common birds have in common? They are all endemics to our region; that is, they are found nowhere else in the world (at least not naturally). This 5th of May, let’s… read more »

This 5th of May is Endemic Bird Day!

After February (which contains the  GBBC), generally see a bit of a drop in birding activity, but those who do go out birding in March are usually not disappointed! Here is the breakup of birding in India in the month of March 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,611 (2,273) Number of lists (all types): 20,600 (31,400)… read more »

March 2018 eBirders of the month

The challenge in March was to bird often, and bird often with other birders! This month, we’d like to change things a bit and see what species we can all record over a period of a month at our favourite patches. As temperatures soar across several parts of the country, you might prefer to sit down in the shade and… read more »

April 2018 eBirding Challenge

GBBC 2018 summary results Campus Bird Count 2018 summary results A large number of birders uploaded lists to the eBird India platform during this year’s GBBC and CBC. This included several regular and experienced birders, birders who organized events and counts in their regions, state coordinators who were instrumental in ensuring the counts went off smoothly and several participants who experienced birdwatching… read more »

GBBC 2018: Stories from the Field

With the winter, the GBBC, and several other events and festivals – February is a month for birding quite unlike any other! Here is the breakup of birding in India in the month of February 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 2,273 (1,476) Number of lists (all types): 31,400 (16,500) Number of observations: 5.1 (3.37 lakh) February… read more »

February 2018 eBirders of the month

Birding is (almost?) at its peak in January. Here is the break-up of eBirding in India in Jan 2018 (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 1,476 (1,792) Number of lists (all types): 16,500 (25,500) Number of observations: 3.37 lakh (4.59 lakh) January challenge The challenge for January was to upload Asian Waterbird Counts from at least three wetlands… read more »

January 2018 eBirders of the month