Challenges

Birding and eBird challenges


October is when the winter migration season heats up and more and more birders are out and about. Here is the break-up of eBirding in India in Oct 2017 (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 1,162 (957) Number of lists (all types): 11,000 (12,100) Number of observations: 2.02 lakh (1.78 lakh) October challenge The challenge for October was… read more »

October 2017 eBirders of the month


The October eBirding challenge was simple – just bird a lot, aggregating to 15 hours for the entire month. Were you able to achieve the target? The winter migrants have settled across the country now and birders are being treated to the sights and sounds of birds from India and afar. The time is ripe for birding, and the 11th month… read more »

November 2017 eBirding Challenge


September sees more of a transition in our birdlife, a transition that starts in July and continues on to November — with more and more species and individuals of migrant birds seeking their winter home in India. Accordingly, September usually sees an uptick in birding activity in the country (although this is not so apparent this year!). Here is the… read more »

September 2017 eBirders of the month




It has been raining over much of the country in August. Many resident birds are in the late stages of breeding, and fledglings and juveniles are quite common to see: a great time for birding! Here is the break-up of eBirding in India in Aug 2017 (with previous month in brackets). Number of birders: 921 (295) Number of lists (all… read more »

August 2017 eBirders of the month






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



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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