February 29, 2020

March 2020 eBirding Challenge

ebirding-challenge-logo-800px-281x300Phew! That was a lot of birding in February and we hope you enjoyed it, especially the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Please remember to finish uploading all your GBBC / CBC lists by 1 March.

Being a transitional period between winter and spring/summer,  March is an interesting time of the year to examine the sequence in which winter migrants leave for their breeding grounds. It is also the time when our resident birds are getting ready for the breeding season.

This month’s challenge is all about documenting such interesting phenomena. The challenge is to re-visit at least four distinct locations where you eBirded during the previous three months (December 2019 to February 2020) and upload an eligible list from each of these locations. (By “where you eBirded” we mean from where you uploaded an eBird list of any type.)

Revisiting the same sites through various seasons gives an idea about the species diversity and the changing behaviour of the species that remain. Please do add a note in the comments box if you see any interesting behaviour; and if you find any behaviour related to breeding, please add the appropriate breeding code, as shown in the screenshot below.


Note: Eligible checklists are those that report all species seen/heard (and are therefore marked ‘complete’), report numbers for all species rather than Xs, and are of at least 15 minutes or longer in duration.

The results of the March monthly challenge will be announced soon after 10 April 2020, so please submit all your checklists before this date. 


Here are the general rules of our monthly challenges. Do have a look at India’s yearlong challenges for 2020 as well! You can keep track of fresh lists coming in from India on this page.

Also, there is a list of personal challenges for 2020 and also the global eBirder of the month challenge!

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.

The eBird mobile app is one of the easiest ways to upload your sightings. Here is a video to help you learn how to submit a checklist through the app.

Banner image:  Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula by Tarunjyoti Tewari/Macaulay Library, from this checklist.

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