Challenges

Birding and eBird challenges


With the monsoon bringing a welcome break from the summer heat in some parts of the country, June is a good time to be out and about — for example looking for breeding birds. Here is the break-up of eBirding in India in June 2017 (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 870 (995) Number of lists (all types):… read more »

June 2017 eBirders of the Month


The challenge in June was to upload 30 no-X, complete checklists of at least 15-minute duration of which at least three lists must document a brood-parasitic cuckoo (seen or heard). Each year, a lull in birding activity is witnessed in July as the monsoon makes its presence felt across much of the country. But the rains are hardly a reason to cut… read more »

July 2017 eBirding Challenges


The summer doldrums have set in, and birders are not venturing out as much as we did in the winter months. There are still good reasons to be out birding, though! Here is the break-up of eBirding in India in May (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 995 (1,060) Number of lists (all types): 9,300 (10,200) Number of… read more »

May 2017 eBirders of the Month




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Before moving on to the results for the monthly challenges, here is a brief glimpse of birding in April by-the-numbers (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 1,060 (1,360) Number of lists (all types): 10,200 (20,600) Number of lists (complete, 15min or longer): 7,900 (15,400) Number of observations: 1.90 lakh (3.30 lakh) April challenge The challenge for April was… read more »

April 2017 eBirders of the Month


The challenge for the month of May is to upload at least 30 no-X, complete of at least 15-minute duration. The checklists of all those who complete the challenge will be pooled together, out of which the one list will be chosen at random out of those that contain a breeding code. The person who uploaded that list will be given a small gift in appreciation.

May 2017 eBirding Challenges



This announcement is much later than normal. We ordinarily post the results of the previous month’s challenge on the 6th of the following month. This time there was a delay in obtaining the raw eBird data, hence the delay in announcing the results of the March 2017 India eBirders of the Month. Our apologies for this. After much birding in… read more »

March 2017 eBirders of the Month


The challenge in March was to revisit winter locations and see what changes have occurred over a period of 2 months. This month, we’d like to change things a bit and see what species you can record over a period of a month at your favourite patch. As temperatures soar across several parts of the country, you might prefer to… read more »

April 2017 eBirding Challenges


To begin with, our apologies for the late announcement, but there has been so much to do during and after the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), that we are a bit behind in several things. eBirding activity in February tends to be particularly high because of the annual GBBC, so before  announcing the results of the monthly challenge, let’s look… read more »

February 2017 eBirders of the month



The monthly eBirding challenge for February 2017 was to upload 20 checklists while using the GBBC as an opportunity to go birding with others. Regardless of whether you met the challenge or not, we hope you had fun birding in February and during the GBBC in particular. March is a particularly exciting month for birding. As a sort of transitional month,… read more »

March 2017 eBirding Challenges


A new year, a new beginning, and a refreshed commitment to birds and birding! Birding activity in the winter, and especially in January and February, tends to be higher than at any other time in the year; so before  announcing the results of the monthly challenge, let’s look at the break-up of eBirding in India in January (with previous month… read more »

January 2017 eBirders of the month


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We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 eBird Yearly Challenge. Challenge Winner Prize No. Qualifiers Prolific Hari Kumar A Bird’s Egg: The Most Perfect Thing Tim Birkhead 31 Abdul Raheem Munderi, Abhijith Surendran, Abhirami C, Ajay Gadikar, Ankit Vikrant, Aravind Amirtharaj, Ashwin Viswanathan, Emanuel George, Ganeshwar S V, Givind Girija, Hari Kumar, Hari Mavelikara, Indira Srinivasan, Jayadev… read more »

2016 eBird Yearly Challenge Winners!



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The monthly eBirding challenge for January 2017 was simple – to upload 25 checklists with at least one containing media. February, apart from being a very productive month for birding, is time for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This year the dates for the GBBC are 17-20 February. The Campus Bird Count, a sister event of the GBBC, is… read more »

February 2017 eBirding Challenges


At the close of the year, how have birders risen to the last monthly challenge of 2016? As with the past two months, we continued with both the regular monthly challenge  and also the new gap-filling challenge. Before announcing the results, let’s look at the break-up of eBirding in India in December (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders:… read more »

December 2016 eBirders of the month


As we enter the newest month of 2017, its time for a new eBirding challenge to take part in! The challenge for December was to upload at least 31 checklists from the month. For January, we focus on both birding effort as well as media uploads. One of the most valuable tools in 2016 has been the ability to add of media… read more »

January 2017 eBirding Challenges




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This November saw the launch of an additional challenge — the gap-filling challenge, to supplement the regular monthly challenge. We intend for the gap-filling challenge to be a regular feature from now on. Before announcing the results, let’s look at the break-up of eBirding in India in November (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 1,036 (779) Number of… read more »

November 2016 eBirders of the Month


The challenge for November was to cover 3 distinct locations and upload at least 4 different lists from each of them. As we enter into the last month of the year, we also enter into the middle of what is peak birding season for most of the country. As the amount of birding increases, so do the number of lists being uploaded.… read more »

December 2016 eBirding Challenges