August is still a rainy month in many places in India, and even through some early migrants have started appearing, we still don’t see the uptick in birding that comes with winter. Our appreciation for the birders who are out and about in this season — your documentation of birds is very valuable! Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in August 2019 (with previous month in brackets):
Number of birders: 1,317 (1,320)
Number of lists (all types): 11,800 (11,600)
Number of observations: 1.66 lakh (1.69 lakh)
The challenge for August was to upload at least 20 eligible through the month, two of which are from previously unvisited hotspots (details at the link above). Of the 1,317 eBirders in this month, 59 met the target. These are (excluding group accounts):
JOE M RAJA
Lathika K K
Navaneeth Sini George
Sreehari K Mohan
S ~ V I S H N U S A N K A R
Many congratulations to all of them!
From these 59 names, one was drawn using a computer-generated random number. This person is
who receives a copy of How to be a (bad) birdwatcher, by Simon Barnes, as a small gift in appreciation.