August 1, 2016

August 2016 eBirding Challenge

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July’s monthly challenge was all about sharing the joy of birding with fellow birders and friends. But now, resident birds should be about to finish nesting, the so-called ‘lean’ birding period is slowly coming to an end, and signs of returning migrants are already evident from all across the country. August marks the beginning of the passage migration (in variable amounts) across the country and birding regularly would help in noticing changes in birdlife in your region.

The challenge for August is to upload no-Xcomplete birdlists of at least 15 minutes duration, from at least 25 different days of the month.

This kind of challenge is to not only encourage us to bird more regularly but also to look for birds just about anywhere – from a balcony at home, during a break from work, at a bus stop, etc – and at all times!

Such birding is also more fun! It ensures that we keep our eyes and ears always on alert for the sights and sounds of birds. It also challenges and enhances our skills as birders – can we tell apart our resident bulbuls, doves or mynas just by sound? Or do we know what birds are found in the urban areas we frequent?

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

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

You can also take part in the global eBirder of the Month challenge!

Important. if you are new to eBird, please read this description first, and do take a look at the Beginner’s Guide.

Cattle Egret in breeding plumage. From this birdlist by Akhil Gupta in Delhi.

Cattle Egret in breeding plumage. From this birdlist by Akhil Gupta in Delhi.

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Lakshmikant Rajaram Neve
Lakshmikant Rajaram Neve
4 years ago

Global eBirder of the month Challange is very difficult since every checklist required 3 photographs & one audio for each Checklist.Monsoon is here in India.Difficult to achieve Challange during Rains.

Lakshmikant Rajaram Neve
Lakshmikant Rajaram Neve
4 years ago

otherside eBird india requires 25 checklists

Lakshmikant Rajaram Neve
Lakshmikant Rajaram Neve
4 years ago

Both are different challanges ?

Bird Count India
Bird Count India
4 years ago

Hello Sir — yes both are challenging! But at least the India challenge should be reachable, since all that’s needed is 15 minutes per day — at a balcony or bus-stop, anywhere outside!

Lakshmikant Rajaram Neve
Lakshmikant Rajaram Neve
4 years ago

BOTH ARE DIFFERENT OR NOT?

Bird Count India
Bird Count India
4 years ago

They are two separate challenges. The global one is run by eBird central; the Indian one is run by Bird Count India.

Deepa Mohan
Deepa Mohan
4 years ago

25 days! No chance 😀

Bird Count India
Bird Count India
4 years ago
Reply to  Deepa Mohan

15 min each day from your balcony/garden/roadside/bus-stop?

Rajendra
Rajendra
4 years ago

We Have Call & sound videoes but these videoes cannot uplod in your account .please guide us how to upload these videoes. My camera is nikon P 900. we have no other recorder or smaratphone

Rajendra Gadgil

Bird Count India
Bird Count India
4 years ago
Reply to  Rajendra

Sir, thanks for this. At the moment, you can upload photos and audio recordings through simple drag-and-drop. Currently, this procedure cannot be used for videos, unfortunately. Videos can be uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo, and then you can generate an embed code that can be used to embed the video recording into your eBird checklist as described here (please scroll down to ‘Sound and Video’). Please let us know if we can be of any further help.

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Dhaval
4 years ago

Completed August challenge.
It was tough uploading and maintaining data in notebook but it was also so much fun.
I understood that birding can be done anytime anywhere.

Bird Count India
Bird Count India
4 years ago
Reply to  Dhaval

Excellent to hear! Have you tried using the eBird app? It can make recording and uploading much easier.
http://ebird.org/content/india/news/ebird-for-android/

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