The transition in the bird diversity that started in September will continue through November– with an increasing number of species and individuals of migrating birds seeking their wintering grounds in India. To increase the chances of spotting migrants, the challenge for September involved spending more time looking out for them.
Before moving on to the results for the monthly challenges, here is a brief glimpse of birding in September by the numbers (with the previous month in brackets).
No. of birders: 2,527 (2,577)
Number of observations: 4.1 lakh (3.9 lakh)
Number of lists (all types): 22,519 (24,264)
Number of species: 931
The challenge for September was to upload a total of 40 lists in such a way that at least 20 lists were to be uploaded during the 1st half of the month and another 20 lists towards the other half of the month. A total of 50 birders met the target:
Ajay Sarvagnam, AM AMSA, Anu Anto, ANURANJAN DHURWEY, Ashok Agarwal, Ashok Kolluru, Bharatendra Singh Parihar, Claudia Pinheiro, Debashis Chowdhury, Deepak Gujar, Dr. ADIL A, Elavarasan M, Gaja Mohanraj, Garima Bhatia, Janardhan Uppada, Jayadev Menon, JOSEPH MELKIS RAJA, Kalpana Jayaraman, KARTHIKEYAN R, Lakshmikant Neve, Manju Sinha, Moovendan Ramalingam, Nigin Babu, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, Praveen Bennur, Prem Swaroop Kolluru, Rahul Singh, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Ramesh Shenai, Ramnarayan K, Sajeev Krishnan, Sakthi Chinnakannu, Sanjiv Khanna, Sarabjeet Kaur, Seema Tekam, Shashikiran Ganesh, Shilpa Gadgil, Shyamkumar Puravankara, Siva T, Sreekumar Chirukandoth, Steffin Babu, Subhadra Devi, Sudip Simha, Supriya Kulkarni, Sushant Pawar, Syed Mustahsen, Tarachand Bairwa, Urjit Singh, Vidhya Swaminathan, Vivek Kumar Patel.
Congratulations to all these birders!
The above list does not include group accounts and those with no identifiable names.
From these 50 names, one was drawn using a computer-generated random number. This person is Shashikiran Ganesh who receives a copy of ‘The Most Perfect Thing: Inside and Outside a Bird’s Egg‘ by Tim Birkhead as a small gift in appreciation.
Are you doing your best to match the target for October?
Also, see here for the fresh set of yearlong challenges for 2021!
Header Image: Pin-striped Tit-Babbler Mixornis gularis by Savithri Singh/ Macaulay Library