May 2019 eBirders of the month


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Most of India reels under the hear in the month of May, and this is typically not a month in which birders are particularly active (apart from in the mountains). Still, an impressive amount of eBirding took place this May. Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in May 2019 (with previous month in brackets):

Number of birders: 1,600 (1,746)
Number of lists (all types): 14,600 (17,000)
Number of observations: 2.40 lakh (3.00 lakh)

May challenge

The challenge for May was to upload at least 30 eligible lists that have one or more breeding codes (details at the link above). Of the 1,600 eBirders in this month, 15 met the target. These are (excluding group accounts):

Aravind AM
Dhruba Saikia
HARSHJEET BAL
Janardhan Uppada
Jayadev Menon
KARTHIKEYAN R
Lakshmikant Neve
Pravar Mourya
Rajesh Radhakrishnan
Regin Ross
Sheena S
Shuvendu Das
Steffin Babu
Subhadra Devi
Vidhya Swaminathan

Many congratulations to all of them!

From these 15 names, one was drawn using a computer-generated random number. This person is

Sheena S (see profile)

who receives a copy of How to be a (bad) birdwatcher, by Simon Barnes, as a small gift in appreciation.

Are you doing your best to match the target for June (30 checklists, 3 with brood-parasitic cuckoos)? And there is also the set of yearlong challenges for 2019!

Banner image: Red-necked Phalarope by Sachin G. Sarode/Macaulay Library from this checklist.

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