April 2018 eBirding Challenge


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 count some birds – you can do this month’s challenge without moving!

The challenge for April 2018 is to upload at least 20 complete and stationary 15-minute duration checklists from the same location over 20 different daysicon_tooltip.

Do note that unlike in previous challenges, eligible lists for the April challenge must use the stationary protocol, and must be for exactly 15 minutes, not more, not less.

By looking regularly for birds at a single location, we can better understand how regularly or irregularly particular species are seen at the same location, and how their occurrence and numbers change over the seasons. We also get into the habit of being on a constant lookout for birds and so tend to notice much more of what is around us. We encourage entering counts (careful estimation or precise counts) as opposed to entering an ‘X’.

If you are able to explore several birding spots during the month, please do! But at the same time, do try and do regular 15-minute lists through the month at your home, office, campus, or any location you regularly visit.

Why 15 minutes and stationary? A standardized protocol makes it easier to understand and compare data across various regions in a fair manner. Just as it would be unfair to compare lists from a location where one has walked 1 km over an hour as opposed to lists where one is stationary for 30 minutes.

Examples of accumulating species counts with repeated surveys at a single location

Examples of accumulating species counts with repeated surveys at a single location

In the past, we have seen the kind of data that can be generated through such a coordinated effort. So, do go out, look around for 15 minutes and upload your complete checklists!

To repeat, do note that unlike in previous challenges, eligible lists for the April challenge must use the stationary protocol, and must be for exactly 15 minutes, not more, not less.

Please upload all your lists by 5 May 2018 so that we can announce the results the next day.

Here are the general rules of our monthly challenges. And check out the yearlong challenges for 2018 as well! You can keep track of fresh lists coming in from India at this page.

Important. if you are new to eBird, please read this description first, and do take a look at our quick-start infographic and also the more comprehensive Beginner’s Guide.


Cover Image: Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush by S S Cheema

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