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)
The challenge for January was to survey at least 3 different wetlands and submit the list IDs at the AWC google form (details at the link above). Of the 2,378 eBirders in this month, 41 met the target. These are (excluding group accounts):
Badri Narayanan Thiagarajan
Balaji P B
Korada Rajashekaraiah Niranjan Murthy
MetalClicks Ajay Ashok
Many congratulations to all of them!
All the names listed above were put into a pool and one was drawn from using a computer-generated random number. That name is
Vidhya Swaminathan (see profile)
who receives a copy of How To Be a (bad) Birdwatcher, by Simon Barnes, as a small gift in appreciation.