February 29, 2016

March 2016 eBirding Challenge: revisiting winter locations

ebirding challenge logo 800pxWe hope you’ve had an enjoyable month of birding in February overall, and a fun GBBC in particular! Please remember to finish uploading all your February lists by 5th March.

Now that winter is gradually fading away, we enter a time of transition for the bird populations in most places in India. Winter migrants are beginning their long journeys northwards; and many resident species will be gearing up to breed.

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.

So, 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, 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.


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

Grey Heron. Photo by Able Lawrence.

Grey Heron. Photo by Able Lawrence.

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 the Beginner’s Guide.

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