India saw a lot of birding in February, thanks to the Great Backyard Bird Count! Before moving on to the results for the monthly challenges, here is a brief glimpse of birding in February by-the-numbers (with the previous month in brackets)
Number of birders: 4537 (3887)
Number of observations: 9.4 lakh (7.9 lakh)
Number of lists (all types): 59681 (36504)
Number of species: 1050
The challenge for February was to upload 40 lists— in such a way that at least 20 lists to be uploaded during four days of the GBBC and another 20 during the remaining twenty-four days of the month.
A total of 71 birders met the target. (These are excluding group accounts and those with no identifiable name):
Abhin M Sunil, AFREED MUHAMMED N V, AHAMMED SAEED, Ajay Agarwal, Ajay Sarvagnam, AM AMSA, Angeline Mano, Ashok Agarwal, Ashwin Nair C M, Cheran Jagadeesan, Chirag Solanki, Deepak Gujar, Dhruba Saikia, Dr. ADIL A, Elavarasan M, Gopalakrishna A, Hakimuddin F Saify, Hareesha AS, Harikrishnan C P, Irshad Theba, Jaffar Sathick Rahmathullah, Jageshwer verma, Janardhan Uppada, Jaya Rakesh Kannan, Jayadev Menon, Jigu Patel, JOSEPH MELKIS RAJA, kalpana jayaraman, Karthikeyan G B, Lakshmikant Neve, Loukika Neve, Malyasri Bhattacharya, Manju Sinha, Manjunath UP, Manoj Karingamadathil, Mohan Moolepetlu, Mrigender Joshi, Narendran M.M, Niharika M, NIRMAL GEORGE, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, Praveen Bennur, Premchand Reghuvaran, Pushpa Puliyeri, Rahul Iyer, Rameez Elm, Ramesh Shenai, Renju TR, Sakthi Chinnakannu, Sandeep kumar reddy Gangasani, Sankar V, Sarabjeet Kaur, sasidharan manekkara, Selvaganesh K, SELVAM MUTHUSAMY, shyamkumar puravankara, Siddharth Biniwale , Sreekumar Chirukandoth, Sridevi P, Steffin Babu, Subhadra Devi, Surendhar Boobalan, VASEN SULI, Venkatesh S, Vidhya Swaminathan, Vigneshwaran B, Vijay Rj, Vijaya Lakshmi, Vinay K L, Vishal Mistry, Vivek Sudhakaran
From these 71 names, one was drawn using a computer-generated random number. This person is Vigneshwaran B who receives a copy of Bird Sense, by Tim Birkhead as a small gift in appreciation.
Are you doing your best to match the target for March?
Also, see here for the fresh set of yearlong challenges for 2021!
Header Image: Sarus Crane Antigone antigone ©Nitin Chandra/Macaulay Library