June 2020 eBirders of the Month 1


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With the monsoon reaching many parts of India in June, many birds are breeding — either building nests and incubating eggs, or busy feeding young and taking care of fledgelings. To mark this, the India eBirding challenge for June included looking for and reporting breeding activity. Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in June 2020 (with previous month in brackets):

Number of birders: 2,014 (1,974)

Number of lists (all types): 20,100 (23,800)

Number of observations: 3.08 lakh (3.16 lakh)

June challenge

The challenge for June was to upload at least one checklist per day for every day of the month and report breeding activity too (details at the link above). A total of 60 birders met the target. These are (excluding group accounts and those with no identifiable name):

Abhirami C, Abhisheka Krishnagopal, Ains Priestman, Ajay Agarwal, Ajay Sarvagnam, Ankur Shringi, Arun Varghese, Ashok Agarwal, Ayush Rajotia, Bhushan Khatavkar, Bijoy Venugopal, Chandan Dalawat, Chandrika Khirani, Chinmay sawant, Claudia Pinheiro, Deepak Gujar, dhanapal kondasamy, Dhruba Saikia, Dr. ADIL A, Hakimuddin F Saify, Harish Dobhal, Janardhan Uppada, Jigu Patel, Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, Lakshmikant Neve, Madhu Gupta, Malyasri Bhattacharya, MAYANK NAMDEO, Mehala Kumar, Mohit Sahu, Navaneeth Sini George, Nigin Babu, Prabhudatta Bal, Rahul Singh, Rahul Iyer, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Ramesh Shenai, Ramnarayan K, Ravi Kavungal, Regin Ross, Sachin Palewar, Sagarika gupta, Sajeev Krishnan, Sandhya Lenka, Sanjiv Khanna, Sarabjeet Kaur, Shashikiran Ganesh, Shaurya Rahul Narlanka, Shilpa Gadgil, shyamkumar puravankara, Siddharth Biniwale , Sravan Kumar Railla , Sreekumar Chirukandoth, Steffin Babu, Subhadra Devi, Swetashree Purohit, tanuja dasharath haunsbhavi, VASEN SULI, Vidhya Swaminathan, Vijaya Lakshmi

Many congratulations to all of them!

From these 60 names, one was drawn using a computer-generated random number. This person is

Ravi Kavungal (eBird profile)

who receives a copy of The Curious Bird Lover’s Handbook , by Niall Edworthy, as a small gift in appreciation.

Are you birding towards the target for July (at least one checklist per day)? And of course, there are also the  yearlong challenges for 2020!


Banner image: Malabar Starling (Blyth’s Starling) by Novelkumar MS/Macaulay Library from this checklist.


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