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Please tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do and where do you live? Hi, I am Sandhya Lenka, a homemaker from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Currently, I am residing in Kolkata, West Bengal. When and how did you get interested in birding? I got interested in bird watching in 2014-15. My husband Prabhudatta Bal, a nature enthusiast & part-time… read more »

Birder Profile: Sandhya Lenka


The year 2020 started with much enthusiasm with bird watchers volunteering for the Asian Wetland Census! This enthusiasm continues in February as birders will take part in one of the largest birding events in India- the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This year the GBBC will be held between 14-17 February. This event offers a great opportunity to bring birders… read more »

February 2020 eBirding Challenge




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Please tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do and where do you live? I am Avinash Sharma, born and brought up in Mumbai. Since 2015, I have been living in Pune. I am into Project Operations. I’m fun-loving and humorous by nature. Wildlife is something that I always liked and fascinated by. I grew up spending all… read more »

Birder Profile: Avinash Sharma


2020 is just around the corner! January starts with a bang, with a boatload of birding. See here to know about the various birding related events happening across the country. Just like every year, this month is dedicated to the Asian Waterbird Census (AWC). Since 1987, birders have been going out to wetlands of all types across the country (and… read more »

January 2020 eBirding Challenge




We are proud to bring you a Q&A with a wonderful young birder, Taukeer Alam Lodha. Do read on and we’re sure you’ll be impressed and inspired! Once you’ve read this Q&A, there’s more about Taukeer at these links: Mongabay: Binoculars showed the way to this 23-year-old citizen scientist Scroll: Meet Taukeer Alam, the school dropout who has become one… read more »

Birder Profile: Taukeer Alam Lodha




October has been a busy month for bird watchers across the globe. From national events like Wildlife Week and Wild Bird Day, this month also saw global campaigns like Global Bird Rescue and World Migratory Bird Day. With this month and its eBirding challenge coming to an end, it is time to announce November’s challenge. Birders are spending more time… read more »

November 2019 eBirding Challenge



While most birders find warblers as difficult subjects, Santanu Manna finds them fascinating and is always up for the challenge to identify them. A school teacher based in Kolkata, he never loses any opportunity to go birding during the holidays. Here is more about him… Please tell us a bit about yourself. What do you do and where do you… read more »

Birder Profile: Santanu Manna




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October is an exciting month for birders. Apart from general migration picking up,  a large number of young birds will be on their first migratory journey. Young (first year) birds can often be told apart from adults by their distinctive appearances; have you been seeing any?  Winter migrants are now being reported from almost every corner of India. Whether you stay… read more »

October 2019 eBirding Challenge


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Spread the love of birds this Wildlife Week (2-8 October 2019) by introducing new audiences to the wonderful world of birds. You could give a talk about birds, play bird games, conduct a quiz — so many possibilities! See here for a variety of resources you can use. But don’t forget to take people out to a lake or park to… read more »

Wildlife Week 2019



The challenge for August was to explore new hotspots where you have never birded before. We hope you enjoyed this challenge and had some adventures! We would love to hear them: do send your stories (between 500- 1000 words) to skimmer@birdcount.in Given the harsh summer this year followed by torrential rains, birding activity has been generally low in most parts… read more »

September 2019 eBirding Challenge


Every year in August the bird taxonomy across the world gets updated based on eBird/Clements checklist. Birders in India can heave a sigh of relief as the changes this year for us are minor and less complicated compared to the global taxonomy. Some of these updates include lumps and splits in species; name changes; addition of spuhs, slashes and so… read more »

eBird India taxonomy 2019