Challenges

Birding and eBird challenges


Bird watchers may have taken refuge in the cooler interiors of their homes during the hot month of May but a number of resident birds went about their business of breeding in the heat. In many parts of India, June can still be hot but not for long. Dark clouds will start to roll in, followed by reverberating thunder announcing… read more »

June 2019 eBirding Challenge


April is an interesting month for birding. Many remaining winter migrants are on their way back, and breeding activity is widespread among residents and summer visitors. Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in April 2019 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,746 (2,227)Number of lists (all types): 17,000 (24,000)Number of observations: 3.00 lakh (4.33 lakh)… read more »

April 2019 eBirders of the month


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Have you ever seen a female Barred Buttonquail fighting with another female, to defend her mate? Have you ever seen how babblers react in the presence of a brood parasitic cuckoo? Or how males in many species provide nutrients to a female, as pre-copulatory food offerings? If such things intrigue you then this is the time of the year where… read more »

May 2019 eBirding Challenge



Birding activity in India usually drops from February (with the GBBC) to March, and this year was no different. Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in March 2019 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 2,227 (2,916)Number of lists (all types): 24,000 (47,800)Number of observations: 4.33 lakh (6.94 lakh) March challenge The challenge for March was… read more »

March 2019 eBirders of the month


It’s April and that means breeding has started or will start very soon for many species in most parts of India. What better time to focus on recording the calls and songs that are all around us at this time of year! This month, the challenge focusses on both birding effort as well as sound recordings. In this way, let’s… read more »

April 2019 eBirding Challenge


February is a month of major birding activity, partly due to the Great Backyard Bird Count. Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in February 2019 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 2,916 (2,378) Number of lists (all types): 47,800 (33,600) Number of observations: 6.94 lakh (6.04 lakh) February challenge The challenge for February was to… read more »

February 2019 eBirders of the month



February was very busy for Indian birders, with all the events, festivals and the GBBC. But let’s look ahead to March, and to a new monthly eBirding challenge! Birding is often a social activity, and is a great way to meet others with similar interests, make new friends and share the joy of spending time with the the birds around… read more »

March 2019 eBirding Challenge


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A new year and lots of new birding! Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in January 2019 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 2,378 (2,002)Number of lists (all types): 33,600 (20,500)Number of observations: 6.04 lakh (4.07 lakh) January challenge The challenge for January was to survey at least 3 different wetlands and submit the list… read more »

January 2019 eBirders of the month




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We are pleased to announce the results of the 2018 eBird Yearly Challenge. This year the challenges were a little bit harder than in 2017, but nevertheless an impressive number of birders (minus group accounts) managed to meet the various targets! Of all those who qualified by meeting the target in any particular category, one person (in bold) was chosen… read more »

2018 eBird Yearly Challenge Winners!


The last month of the year, but the middle of the winter birding season in India — here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in December 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 2,002 (1,685)Number of lists (all types): 20,500 (16,200)Number of observations: 4.07 lakh (3.31 lakh) December challenge The challenge for December was to upload… read more »

December 2018 eBirders of the month




As we enter the main winter birding season in India, here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in November 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,685 (1,528) Number of lists (all types): 16,200 (15,400) Number of observations: 3.31 lakh (2.81 lakh) November challenge The challenge for November was to upload at least 11 eligible each… read more »

November 2018 eBirders of the Month



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Last month saw a sharp uptick in birding activity in India. Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in October 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,528 (1,171) Number of lists (all types): 15,400 (11,500) Number of observations: 2.81 lakh (1.96 lakh) September challenge The challenge for October was to bird for at least 5… read more »

October 2018 eBirders of the Month



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The October eBirding Challenge asked birders to mark the Wildlife Week celebrations and the first ever Wild Bird Day with additional birding. Were you able to achieve the target? Across the country, the winter migrants have settled and birders are being treated to the sights and sounds of birds from India and afar. The time is ripe for birding, and the… read more »

November 2018 eBirding challenge


Updated on 11 Oct 2018 to correct an error in analysis As the winter approaches, both migrants and birders are more active. Here is the breakup of eBirding in India in the month of September 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,171 (1,069) Number of lists (all types): 8,800 (11,474) Number of observations: 1.96 lakh (1.36 lakh)… read more »

September 2018 eBirders of the month