March 1, 2017

March 2017 eBirding Challenges

The monthly eBirding challenge for February 2017 was to upload 20 checklists while using the GBBC as an opportunity to go birding with others. Regardless of whether you met the challenge or not, we hope you had fun birding in February and during the GBBC in particular.

March is a particularly exciting month for birding. As a sort of transitional month, one when winter migrants begin to embark on their long journey to their respective breeding grounds while resident species gear up for breeding in the coming months.

Are you able to observe these changes in your local patch(es)? Have these changes already taken place? Or will they become apparent only in the coming months? You can find out by revisiting the sites you visited in the winter and noting what you see.

The challenge for March is to re-visit at least four distinct locations where you eBirded during the previous three months (December to February), and upload an eligible list from each of these locations. Eligible lists are effort-based, no-X, complete lists, of at least 15 min durationicon_tooltip. (By “where you eBirded” we mean where you had uploaded an eBird list of *any* type.)

The idea is that there is a lot to discover by visiting the same sites through the seasons, to look at the changing set of species 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.

The Gap-filling Challenge this month (March 2017) is to upload a minimum of 4 complete checklists icon_tooltip of at least 15 minutes duration each from one or more of the districts from the list of 310 districts that have 30 minutes or less of birding represented on eBird for March.

You can download the list of target districts in any of the following formats: CSV XLS

Rosy Starling © Renuka Vijayaraghavan (See in checklist)

Please upload all your lists by 5 April 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.

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