July 1, 2018

July 2018 eBirding Challenge

The challenge in June was to upload 30 complete checklists of at least 15-minute duration, of which at least three lists must document a brood-parasitic cuckoo (seen or heard).

It can be easy to let birding activity slip into a bit of a lull in July as the monsoon makes its presence felt across much of the country. But the rains are hardly a reason to cut down on watching birds! A number of interesting observations can be made during this time of the year.

Heronries across India are in full swing and resident waterfowl species breed in this season. The monsoon also brings about changes in birdlife in several areas, from the influx of migrants like Pittas and Orioles in parts of India to the disappearance of some common species from other regions. Are there any interesting patterns playing out in the under-birded monsoon months in your region? The best way to find out is to list often!

The challenge this month is simple. Upload a minimum of 31 completeicon_tooltip checklists of at least 15 minutes duration. Do spread your birding out, so that at you have at least 15 such lists in the first half of the month (1-15 July), and at least 15 lists in the second half (16-31 July).

Please upload all your lists by 5 August 2018 so that we can announce the results the next day.

Here are the general rules of our monthly challenges. And check out the yearlong challenges as well! You can keep track of fresh lists coming in from India at this page.

Important. if you are new to eBird, please read this description first, and do take a look at our quick-start infographic and also the more comprehensive Beginner’s Guide.

Cover image: Thick-billed Flowerpecker by Parmil Kumar/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab

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