February 27, 2021

March 2021 eBirding Challenge

ebirding-challenge-logo-800px-281x300February produced some excitement among birdwatchers especially with Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) and Campus Bird Count (CBC). Here is a preliminary report on GBBC and a full report will be published by April. The last date to upload all your GBBC checklists is 10 March. 

March is a transitional time of the year when most of the winter migrants prepare to take the long journey northwards and many resident birds get ready for the breeding season. The challenge for March marks this transitional period by asking us to track changes in the bird populations between winter and spring/summer. You can do this by re-visiting locations where you watched birds in the winter and examining the changes in the birdlife there.

The challenge is to upload at least 30 eligible lists* out of which 4 should be from four different hotspots where you eBirded during the previous three months (December 2020 to February 2021).

While birding, please ensure that you adhere to COVID-19 related instructions by central and local authorities

Please upload all your lists by 10 April 2021 so that we can announce the results soon after that. 

* 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.

Here are the general rules of our monthly challenges. And check out the yearlong challenges for 2021 as well! You can keep track of fresh lists coming in from India on this page.

A list of challenges at the global level can be seen here. The global eBirding challenge of the month will be posted soon.

For those new to eBird, read the brief description, and go through our detailed beginner’s guide; create an account and start using eBird right away to get used to the platform.

Header Image: Rufous-breasted Bush-Robin Tarsiger hyperythrus by Pritam Gosh/ Macaulay Library.

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