It’s April and that means breeding has started or will start very soon for many species in most parts of India. What better time to focus on recording the calls and songs that are all around us at this time of year! This month, the challenge focusses on both birding effort as well as sound recordings. In this way, let’s… read more »

April 2019 eBirding Challenge

February is a month of major birding activity, partly due to the Great Backyard Bird Count. Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in February 2019 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 2,916 (2,378) Number of lists (all types): 47,800 (33,600) Number of observations: 6.94 lakh (6.04 lakh) February challenge The challenge for February was to… read more »

February 2019 eBirders of the month

February was very busy for Indian birders, with all the events, festivals and the GBBC. But let’s look ahead to March, and to a new monthly eBirding challenge! Birding is often a social activity, and is a great way to meet others with similar interests, make new friends and share the joy of spending time with the the birds around… read more »

March 2019 eBirding Challenge

GBBC 2019 has come to an end. During this four-day event, observers across India submitted 12083 checklists, recording a total of 773 species. India stood second in the world in terms of checklists, and third in terms of number of species. Please upload any remaining lists by the end of February, so that we can compile a final summary, shortly… read more »

GBBC 2019 Day 4 Results

A new year and lots of new birding! Here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in January 2019 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 2,378 (2,002)Number of lists (all types): 33,600 (20,500)Number of observations: 6.04 lakh (4.07 lakh) January challenge The challenge for January was to survey at least 3 different wetlands and submit the list… read more »

January 2019 eBirders of the month

At the end of day 3 of the the Great Backyard Bird Count, India remains near the top of the global tables with 718 species and 8112 checklists. It’s beginning to look like India will stand second in terms of birding effort this year, unless Canada catches up tomorrow! From India, 1256 participants across 230 districts uploaded 8074 checklists, observing… read more »

GBBC 2019 Day 3 Results

At the end of day 2 of the the Great Backyard Bird Count, India remains near the top of the global tables, with 651 species and 4824 checklists. From India, 925 participants– up by more than 350 since yesterday–  across 190 districts uploaded 4912 checklists, observing a total of 654 species. Below are some state-wise patterns for India: NB: the… read more »

GBBC 2019 Day 2 Results

Here is the situation at the end of Day 1 of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Note that the numbers on the GBBC live submissions site may differ somewhat from those presented here because of the time lag as well as slight differences in methods of calculation. Globally, India is high up in terms of both effort (number of checklists)… read more »

GBBC 2019 Day 1 Results

The wait is finally over, the Merlin Bird ID mobile app will now be able to identify common Indian birds! Merlin, developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, is designed as a ‘birding coach’ for beginning and intermediate birders. As of 9th Feb 2019, the latest version (v1.5.1 ) of Merlin has an introductory pack featuring 165 widespread species found… read more »

Merlin Bird ID comes to India!

We hope you have your binoculars ready, because the Great Backyard Bird Count and the Campus Bird Count are just around the corner! Join this global event from 15th to 18th February to create an annual snapshot of different bird species in India. And through this global event, contribute to an understanding of birds worldwide! It’s simple: go birding for… read more »

Great Backyard Bird Count & Campus Bird Count 2019

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2018 eBird Yearly Challenge. This year the challenges were a little bit harder than in 2017, but nevertheless an impressive number of birders (minus group accounts) managed to meet the various targets! Of all those who qualified by meeting the target in any particular category, one person (in bold) was chosen… read more »

2018 eBird Yearly Challenge Winners!

The last month of the year, but the middle of the winter birding season in India — here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in December 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 2,002 (1,685)Number of lists (all types): 20,500 (16,200)Number of observations: 4.07 lakh (3.31 lakh) December challenge The challenge for December was to upload… read more »

December 2018 eBirders of the month

As we enter the main winter birding season in India, here is the breakup of eBirding in the country in November 2018 (with previous month in brackets): Number of birders: 1,685 (1,528) Number of lists (all types): 16,200 (15,400) Number of observations: 3.31 lakh (2.81 lakh) November challenge The challenge for November was to upload at least 11 eligible each… read more »

November 2018 eBirders of the Month