Before moving on to the results for the monthly challenges, here is a brief glimpse of birding in October 2021 by the numbers (with the previous month in brackets).
No. of birders: 3,222 (2,527)
Number of observations: 6.2 lakh (4.1 lakh)
Number of lists (all types): 32,097 (22,519)
Number of species: 1028
The challenge for October was to aggregate 40 checklists (in a certain way) throughout the month. A total of 29 birders met the target. (These are excluding group accounts and those with no identifiable name):
Ajay Sarvagnam, Amee Vyas, ANURANJAN DHURWEY, Ashok Agarwal, Chitra Shanker, Debashis Chowdhury, Deepak Gujar, Elavarasan M, Gaja Mohanraj, Hakimuddin F Saify, Jayadev Menon, Lakshmikant Neve, Malyasri Bhattacharya, Manju Sinha, Moovendan Ramalingam, Prabhudatta Bal, Praveen Bennur, Rahul Singh, Ramesh Shenai, Raveendran KC, Sandhya Lenka, Shashikiran Ganesh, Shilpa Gadgil, Shyamkumar Puravankara, Sreekumar Chirukandoth, Steffin Babu, Sushant Pawar, Tarachand Bairwa, Vidhya Swaminathan.
Many congratulations to all of them!
From these 29 names, one was drawn using a computer-generated random number. This person is Shyamkumar Puravankara (eBird profile) who receives a T-shirt (Endemic Birds of India) as a small gift in appreciation.
Are you birding towards November’s eBird challenge (upload 38 lists in such a way that from 1 – 4 Nov upload at least 1 list a day; from 5 – 12 Nov
at least 2 lists a day, and from 13 – 30 Nov at least 1 list a day for)? And of course, there are also the yearlong challenges for 2020!
Header Image: Red-throated Pipit Anthus cervinus © Dr. Mohammed Umer Sharieff/ Macaulay Library