December eBirders of the month

challenge-logoIn contrast to earlier challenges, which have largely been about how much effort we put into birding, December’s challenge was about birding in the company of others, and then ‘sharing’ our eBird lists with them. The target was to have at least 20 ‘shared’ listsicon_tooltip during the month.

The purpose of the challenge was to share the joys of birding (in person), and encourage our birding friends to begin to log their sightings on eBird too.

To begin, here is an overall look at what happened during the month in India. The number of complete, effort-based lists of at least 15 min duration in December was 2,481. Typically, a few hundred lists are entered with a bit of a lag, so this number will go up somewhat. In all, 364 birders uploaded 3,012 lists of all types from December, together accounting for 68,188 records.

As for the December challenge, 443 birding trips involving 163 birders were ‘shared’ with more than one other person. Most shared lists were shared between two people (75.4% of shared lists), and only 9 lists in all were shared among 5 or more people. We often go birding in large groups, so would expect to see more lists shared among large numbers of birders!

In all, 11 eBirders met or exceeded the target of 20 ‘shared’ eligible lists. They are:

Anish Aravind
Erle Brito
Ganeshwar S V
Glenda Brito
Harikrishnan Surendran
Panchapakesan Jeganathan
Premchand Reghuvaran
Pronoy Baidya
Swati Sidhu
T R Shankar Raman
Vivek Puliyeri

Many congratulations to all of them!

One of these 11 was chosen using a computer-generated random number to receive a small gift, and that person is

Harikrishnan Surendran

who receives a copy of Simon Barnes’s How to be a (Bad) Birdwatcher: To the Greater Glory of Life. (You can read a review here.)

Here is the full list of all 364 contributors from December 2014:

Aarohi O-Campus, Aasheesh Pittie, abhijeet  avate, abhijith a.p.c, Abhijith surendran, Abhirami-Niranjana C, Abhiram V Rajandekar, Abhishek Deshpande, Abhishek Juneja, Able Lawrence, Aditya Puntambekar,  Aidan & Savio Fonseca, Alisha Shah, Alkesh Thakare, Amol Lopes, André Weiss Pryde, Anil  Mahajan, anil subramaniam, Animesh Mishra, anisha jayadevan, Anish Aravind, Anish Mohan Thampi, Anjali J, Anjana Mohandas, Anjitha Devarajan, Anoop CR, anshuman sarkar, ANUPAM MUKHERJEE, Anwar Sadath, Arathy S Kumar, Aravind AM, Aravind Sridharan, Ardra B, Aristo Mendis, Arjun Kodoth, Arnab Raychoudhury, Arnold Goveas, Arpit Deomurari, Arun Jeeva, arun  lal, ARUNSANKAR N, Aryas Home, Arya Vinod, Ashish Gupta, ashok raj v m, Ashutosh Singh, Ashwin Gokhale, Ashwin Warudkar, Athira K Nair, BAHAR BAVISKAR, Balwant Negi, Bela Arora, Bhagyashree Ingle, Bhakti Salgaonkar, Bhalchandra Pujari, Bharath R K, Bhaskar Chavan, Bhaskar Jyoti Kalita, Bheemaneni Bhanu Prakash, bhupesh virle, Bimalnath Punnassery, Binod Borah, Bird Sonic, BSAP GroupAccount, Castro Karthi, Chandrahas Kolhatkar, Chandra Sekhar Bandi, Charutha K, Chi-Lien Hsueh, Chinmay Rahane, chithrabhanu pakaravoor, Chris Bowden, Cinoby Joseph Kanattu, Conrad Pinto, david stanton, Dawn  Knopf, Deepak Balasubramanian, Deepak Jois, Deepa Mohan, Devi Ambika.S, Dhananjai Mohan, Dhananjay Patil, Dhanesh  Ayyappan, Dharmaraj Patil, Digvijay Avate, dilip kg, dineshbharath kv, Dinesh Shenoy, dipak bowalkar, Dipak Bowalkar, Divya Mudappa, divya srivastava, Donnie R. Dann, Doug Johnston, Dr Anoop R, Dr George P J, Edmond Holroyd, Enakshi Bhattacharya, Erle Brito, Farhad P, Ganeshwar  S V, Garima Bhatia, Geetha Ramaswami, Geoff Cattrall, George Tom, Girish Jahtar, Glenda Brito, Gnanaskandan Kesavabharathi, Gowthama Poludasu, G Parameswaran, Harikrishnan Surendran, hari kumar, HARI MAVELIKARA, HARSHADA GAUNS, Harsha Jayaramaiah, harsha nr, Hemant Dhadnekar, hemanth joshy, hemraj duraiswami, Himansh Pahwa, Hitesh  Kumar .J, Hrishikesh Karandikar, Humayun Taher, induchoodan sreedharan amalath, Janhvi Vyas, Jayakrishnan U, Jayant  Wadatkar, Jaydev Mandal, Jayesh Ghanekar, Jessica Luis, Jinesh P S, Jithin Johnson, John Dicken, Johnny Jacob, JOMY VARGHESE, Jyothish Nelson, Kalyan Varma, Karan Tambe, Kaustubh Rau, Kavita Isvaran, Kiran bagade, kiran more, Komal Matieda, Krishnadas Mallya, Krishna Girish, Krishnamoorthy Muthirulan, Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, Kunal Joshi, Lakshmi.P Ajith, Lawrence Mathappan, Lloyd Fernandes, Lulua Ahsan, Maanav Jalan, Madhurima Das, madhushri mudke, MAITREYA SUKUMAR, Manan Singh Mahadev, Mandar  Bhagat, Manish  Kumar, Manju Sinha, Manoj Karingamadathil, Manoj Nair, manoj p g, Maulik Varu, Mayuresh Joshi, M D Madhusudan, megha phadkay, Michael Press, Mihir Joshi, Mike Prince, Milan Sojitra, Mittal Gala, m m r, Mohan Raj K., Mohanram Kemparaju, Mohith Shenoy, Monica Kaushik, Morgan Little, Mu-Chi Tsai, Munmun Dhalaria, Murali DC, Muthukumaran Balasubramanian, Muthu Narayanan, Nandana prasanth, Nandkishor Dudhe, Naveen  Joseph, Neha Waikar, Nihar Madkaiker, Nikolaj Thomsen, Nimish  Kane, Niranjana C, Nirmal Gourav Das, Nishant Shah, Nishit Soni, omkar naik, om prakash, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, PANKAJ KOPARDE, paramita mazumdar, Patrick David, Pavan Patel, Payal Mehta, Phil Walton, Prabhakar Sastri, Prachi  Mehta, PRADEEP KUMAR V B, Prakash G, praphul gopal, Prasanna Parab, PRASANTH S, PRASHANTHA KRISHNA M C, Prashanth NS, Prashant Tewari, Pratap Singh, Pratik Purohit, Praveen J, praveen Rao koli, Premchand Reghuvaran, Pritam Baruah, Pronoy Baidya, Raghurama Hegde, Rahul Vartak, Rajaram A, Raja Simma Pandiyan, Rajesh Balakrishnan, Rajesh  Kalra, rajesh nayak, Rajgopal Patil, Rajiv D’Silva, Rajneesh Suvarna, Raju Kasambe, Raman Kumar, Ramesh Desai, Ramit Singal, RANGARAJA PRABHU K S, Rangasamy Muthusamy, raphy kallettumkara, Ratnesh Mathur, Ravi Jambhekar, Razan ali, renju tr, RESHMA  BHAT, Ribish Thomas, rithik jayan  ak, Ritushree Jain, Rohan Chakravarty, Rohit Chakravarty, Rohit Jha, Ronit Dutta, ronny augustine, Roshan  Kamath, SACHIN KRISHNA M V, Sachin Shurpali, Sagar Adhurya, sahana m, Samar Gupta, Sameer Sohoni, Samrat Salve, Samyak Kaninde, Samyukth Sridharan, Saneesh  C S, Sanjay Karanth, Sanjay Thakur, Santharam V, santhosh kumar, Sapna Jayaraman, sarayu ramakrishnan, Saroj Kumar Mishra, Sastha Prakash, Satheesh Pullippadam, Sathvik Reddy Nimma, Satish Ranadive, Saurabh Jawanjal, Savithri Singh, Shah Jahan, Shanmukharaja Muroor, Sharan V, sharath  ram, Shariq Khan, Shashank Birla, SHEKHAR BOPARDIKAR, SHESHGIRI BAGDE, Shireesh Dharap, Shishir Rao, Shivaprakash Adavanne, Shivashankar Manjunatha, shobita asthana, Shubhadeep  Mukherjee, Shubham Gautam, shubhankar patra, Siddharth  Bharadwaj, Siddhesh Surve, Simon Thompson, Simon Tickle, Sivakumar AK, Sivakumar Swaminathan, skanda sn, Snehasis Sinha, Sohini Dudhat, Soma Ateesh, somoyita sur, Soni Nambiar, soumya mukherjee, Sreejith P, S R  Gopalan, Sridharan j, Srinivasa Shenoy, Stephen Rush (wildrossendale.co.uk), Subin Sudheendran, Subramanean Janakiraman, Subramanian  Sankar, sudhakaran kk, Sudip Ghosh, Suguna   R, suhail parayil, Suhel Quader, Sumesh  b, Sumin George, Surendhar Boobalan, Suresh  Rana, Swati Sidhu, Syed Muzamil, Tallulah D’Silva, tanuja dasharath haunsbhavi, Tanya Seshadri, TheNatureTrust (GroupAccount), Thomas Job, Thorkild Michaelsen, TKS Thathachari, Toby Austin, Todd Watkins, Tony Gaston, T R Shankar Raman, ts prasanth, Uday Sant, Udiyaman Shukla, Varun Kher, vedant kumbhar, Venkatesh Prasad, Vignesh Menon, Vignesh .P Ajith, Vijaya Lakshmi, vijay kumar, Vijay Kumar, Vikas madhav nagarajan Madhav, Vinoba Anand, vinod k, Viola Rodrigues, viral joshi, Vishal D, Vishnupriyan Kartha, Vishwatej Pawar, Vivek Chandran, Vivek George, Vivek Govind Kumar, Vivek Puliyeri, Vridhi Rajan, Wahiba Humam, WECS Amravati, William Gerling, Yagnesh Desai, Yogesh Parashar, Zenobia Driver.

Now on to the next eBirding challenges: for January 2015, and for the entire year of 2015!

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Jan 2015 eBirding Challenge: 15 wetland lists

challenge-logo-2015January is the month of the Asian Waterbird Census, an important event in the Indian birding calendar! The AWC has been running since 1987, and we encourage everyone to take part. More details about the AWC can be found here.

Now, although the AWC has a separate reporting procedure, with national and state-level coordinators, we encourage you to upload your counts to eBird in parallel, so that this information can also contribute to a year-long database on bird distribution and abundance. In addition, although the AWC focuses on waterbirds and water-associated birds, we suggest that birders should keep note of all birds they see during an AWC count, and upload the full list to eBird.

Keeping the AWC in mind, the eBirding Challenge for January 2015 is to upload at least 15 lists from wetlands during the month. This can be 15 lists from the same wetland at different times and days; or one list from 15 different wetlands; or anything in between. For our purposes, we define wetland very broadly as any location with a reasonable amount of water, including shorelines, mudflats, lagoons, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, and so on.

As in earlier monthly challenges, each list should be an effort-based, complete list, of at least 15 min in durationicon_tooltip. At the end of the month, we will make all efforts to identify lists from wetlands (as defined above). But to be on the safe side, we will also put out a notice on this blog as well as on our Facebook page and group, asking you to tell us if you reckon that you have met the target — this is to make sure we don’t miss anyone!

Please upload all your January lists by 5 February so that we can announce the results on 6 February. All birders who reach the target will be named and recognized on this website. One of these names will be chosen at random to receive a small birding-related gift in appreciation.

Here are the general rules of our monthly challenges. 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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India eBirding Challenges for 2015

eBirdChallenge-2015Since April 2014, the Bird Count India partnership has been running a series of monthly eBirding challenges. The reason? To inject a little bit of extra fun and friendly competition into our birding activities.

While it’s important not to take these challenges too seriously, their existence has also spurred many of us to do just little bit more: to do some balcony birding on a tea break; to take a little extra effort to make sure all species seen are listed; or to encourage a friend to join a birding trip.

Beyond this, of course, the information generated from our collective birding efforts contributes to a growing understanding of the distribution and abundance of our birds, and this is important both in itself and for conservation too!

In 2015, in addition to continuing our monthly challenges, which change from month to month, we are also adding a set of year-long challenges. Do join in the fun and try to meet the targets of these challenges while enjoying your birding!

Here are the different challenges:

  • The prolific eBirder: more than 200 eligible lists (15 min or longer, effort-based and ‘complete’ icon_tooltip) in the year.
  • The consistent eBirder: at least one eligible list in each week of the year. Jan 1-7 is the first week, and so on. The extra days at the end of the year are combined into the last full week, so that last ‘week’ will have 8 days (ie, the last week is Dec 24-31).
  • The adventurous eBirder: will have at least two eligible lists from each of least 15 different districts.
  • The faithful eBirder: will have at least 100 eligible lists from a single location.
  • The dedicated eBirder: will have racked up at least 200 hours in total while birding, across complete, effort-based lists of ANY duration.
  • The eBirder of the year: will have been an eBirder of the month for at least 10 of the 12 months of 2015.

These challenges are designed such that at least one of the targets should be within reach of most birders — for example if you travel a lot, then the adventurous eBirder challenge might be for you; or if you hardly travel at all, then the faithful eBirder challenge might suit you. If you upload a relatively small number of long-duration lists, then the dedicated eBirder challenge is for you; but if you like to upload lots of short-duration lists, the prolific eBirder challenge should be within your reach. Of course, you may be able to meet the targets of several of these challenges, not just one!

The names of those who meet the targets of each of these different challenges will be announced early in Jan 2016. From among each group, one name will be drawn at random to receive a small gift in appreciation; a maximum of one per person.

All good wishes for a wonderful and enjoyable birding year in 2015!

Important: Here is some general information on the eBirding challenges we run. 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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November eBirders of the Month

Although birders often roam far and wide, exploring different locations and habitats in pursuit of new experiences and species, challenge-logoNovember’s challenge was about birding consistently in the same place. The target was to upload at least 20 complete listsicon_tooltip from a single location.

The idea here is to emphasize that ‘mundane’ birding can also be interesting and rewarding: when you bird the same place again and again, all kinds of details emerge that you may not have noticed before. What time does the magpie robin perch on the branch outside your window to sing? What species are different between this 100m stretch of road and the next? And, across time, you can see seasonal patterns emerge in the birdlife of your specific corner of the world.

First, an overall look at what happened during the month in India. The number of complete, effort-based lists of at least 15 min duration in November was 2,566, a very respectable number indeed. In all, 340 birders uploaded 2,966 lists of all types in October, together accounting for 67,006 records.

As for the November challenge, in all, 18 eBirders met or exceeded the target of 20 eligible lists from a single location. They are:

Anish Aravind
Bhakti Salgaonkar
Chithrabhanu Pakaravoor
Dr George P J
Erle Brito
Ganeshwar S V
Hari Kumar
Hitha P T
Kiran More
Madhushri Mudke
Manju Sinha
Mittal Gala
Premchand Reghuvaran
Raja Simma Pandiyan
Ramit Singal
Suhel Quader
T R Shankar Raman
Vivek Puliyeri

Many congratulations to all of them!

One of these 18 was chosen using a computer-generated random number to receive a small gift, and that person is

T R Shankar Raman

who receives a copy of Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans, by John Marzluff and Tony Angell. (You can read a review here.)

Here is the full list of all 340 contributors from November 2014:

Aasheesh Pittie, abha manohark, abhijeet avate, abhijith a.p.c, Abhijith surendran, Abhirami M Jayakumar, Abhirami-Niranjana C, Abhiram V Rajandekar, Abhishek Gulshan, Able Lawrence, Advait Marathe, Aidan & Savio Fonseca, Aishwarya S V, AJAY RAJAN, Ajit A, Ameya Gole, Amol Lopes, Amrish Bidaye, Anand Kalinadhabhatla, Anand Sundaram, Anannya Sen, anant pande, Andrew Johnson, Aneesh Sasidevan, Anil UK, Anish Aravind, Anjali J, ANJANA MOHANDAS, Anoop CR, anshuman sarkar, Apoorv Padhye, Arathy S Kumar, aravinda hr, Aravind AM, Aravind Sridharan, Arjun Kodoth, Arjun R, Arnold Goveas, arshad ameen, Arun C.G, Arun Jeeva, arun lal, ARUNSANKAR N, Arun Visweswaran, Arup Ghosh, Aryas Home, Arya Vinod, Ashik Musicroom, Ashutosh Singh, Ashwin Gokhale, Athira K Nair, Avishkar Munje, Badri Narayanan Thiagarajan, Balwant Negi, Bela Arora, Bhagyashree Ingle, Bhakti Salgaonkar, Bhalchandra Pujari, BINA MENON, brett gleitsmann, BSAP GroupAccount, Castro Karthi, chandrashekhar dravid, Chinmay Rahane, chithrabhanu pakaravoor, Chris Bowden, Chuck Holliday, CLAREENA JOSE, Dave Minnich, david stanton, Deepak Balasubramanian, Deepak Jois, Deepak Sahu, Deepa Mohan, dhanesh a, Dharmaraj Patil, dilip kg, Dilip Polpakkara, dineshbharath kv, Dinesh Shenoy, Dipu Karuthedathu, Divya Mudappa, divya srivastava, Don Roberson, Dr Anoop R, Dr George P J, Dr.Ravi vet, Enakshi Bhattacharya, Erle Brito, Fionna Prins, Gajanan Wagh, Ganesh Ravi, Ganeshwar S V, Garima Bhatia, Gaurav Kalyani, Gaurav Nalkur, gayathri mukundan, Geetha Ramaswami, Ghazala Shahabuddin, Ginu George, Girish Jahtar, Gnanaskandan Kesavabharathi, gopal prasad, Gowthama Poludasu, G Parameswaran, Great Indian Birding Trip, Hanuman Gawas, hari kumar, HARI MAVELIKARA, harsha nr, Hemant Dhadnekar, hemraj duraiswami, Henna. Hashim, Himansh Pahwa, HITHA P T, Hrishikesh Karandikar, Ihsan Javid, induchoodan sreedharan amalath, Ishan Sadwelkar, Jaichand Johnson, Jayakrishnan U, Jayant Wadatkar, jayaprakash m t, Jaydev Mandal, Jinesh P S, jismi m o, Jithin Johnson, JOMY VARGHESE, J.Thomas Cheruvallil, Jyothish Nelson, Kalyan Varma, Kanupriya Sisodia, karthikeyan chennimalai, Kaustubh Rau, Kelly Sekhon, Kenneth Anderson Nature Society, Kiran bagade, kiran more, Komal Matieda, Krishnadas Mallya, Krishna Girish, Krishna Kumar, Krishna Murthy, Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, Kumar RR, Kunan Naik, Lawrence Mathappan, Lloyd Fernandes, Lokesh Ohri, Madhurima Das, madhushri mudke, Manan Singh Mahadev, Mandar Bhagat, Manibharathi manoharan, Manish Kumar, Manju Sinha, meher preetham, Mihir Barve, Mike Prince, Milan Sojitra, Mittal Gala, m m r, Mohan Raj K., Mohith Shenoy, Monica Kaushik, MUHAMMED NEZEEM V N, Murali Rajagopalan, Muthukumaran Balasubramanian, Muthu Narayanan, Nagendra Nayak, Naman Goyal, NA NA, Nandana prasanth, Nandkishor Dudhe, Navanit Arakeri, Naveen MR, Neha Waikar, Nesmal Nizam, Nikolaj Thomsen, Nimish Kane, nimitha damodaran, Niranjan A, Nirmal Gourav Das, Nishant Shah, Nitin Marathe, Noopur Sahasrabudhe, Padmanav Kundu, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, PANKAJ GUPTA, Pankaj raina, Pat Ravindran, Pavan Patel, Pavan Reddy, P. B. Samkumar, peeyush sekhsaria, Prabhakar Manjunath, Prabhakar Sastri, PRADEEP KUMAR V B, Prakash G, Prakhar Krishan, Pranav abi, praphul gopal, Prasanna Parab, PRASHANTHA KRISHNA M C, Prashanth NS, Praveen es, Praveen Eshwarappa, Praveen J, praveen kumar, Premchand Reghuvaran, Pronoy Baidya, Prudhvi Gali, Radhika Bajaj, Raghurama Hegde, Rajaram A, Raja Simma Pandiyan, Rajesh Kalra, rajesh nayak, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Rajgopal Patil, Raj Phukan, Raju Kasambe, Raman Kumar, Ramesh Desai, Ramit Singal, raphy kallettumkara, Ravi Meghani, renju tr, RESHMA BHAT, Rohan Chakravarty, Rohit Chakravarty, Rohith Srinivasan, Ronit Dutta, Roshan Kamath, Roshnath R, Rudraksha Chodankar, SACHIN KRISHNA M V, Sachin Shurpali, Sahamatha Bolwar, sahana m, sakthi manickam, Sampreeth Desai, Samyak Kaninde, Sandeep Bapat, Sandeep Krishna Das, Sandra Bouma, Sangeeta Pandit, Sangeetha AB, Sanjay Sondhi, Sanjay Thakur, Santharam V, santhosh kumar, sarayu ramakrishnan, Sashi Kumar, sasidharan manekkara, Sastha Prakash, Satyajit Shinde, Savithri Singh, Shah Jahan, Sharan V, Shariq Khan, Shashank Birla, SHEKHAR BOPARDIKAR, Shelley Rutkin, SHESHGIRI BAGDE, Shireesh Dharap, Shivaprakash Adavanne, Shivashankar Manjunatha, shobita asthana, Shrikanth nayak, Shubha Nava, Shwetha Bharathi, shyamkumar puravankara, Siddharth Hardikar, Siddhesh Bramhankar, Siddhesh Poyarekar, Siddhesh Surve, Sivakumar AK, Sivashankar Ramachandran, skanda sn, SOMSHRI PATNAIK, Soni Nambiar, Sourajit Ghosal, S R Gopalan, Srikanth Bhat, Subin Sudheendran, Subramanean Janakiraman, Subramanian Sankar, Subramniam Venkatramani, sudhakaran kk, sugadev sugathan, Sugandhi Gadadhar, Suguna R, Suhel Quader, Sujato Datta, Sumesh b, Sumin George, Surendhar Boobalan, Suresh Rana, Surya Bharanidhara, Swetashree Purohit, SYAMILI MANOJ, Syed Muzamil, Taksh Sangwan, Tallulah D’Silva, tanuja dasharath haunsbhavi, Tanya Seshadri, TheNatureTrust (GroupAccount), Thomas Job, Thorkild Michaelsen, TKS Thathachari, tony antony, T R Shankar Raman, ts prasanth, Udiyaman Shukla, Utkarsh Chowdhary, Utkarsh Maheshwari, Vaidehi Gunjal, Varun Kher, vedant kumbhar, Veerendra Prabhu, Vignesh Menon, Vigneshwaran B, Vijayalakshmi Rao, Vijay Anand Ismavel, Vineeth Viswanath, Vinoba Anand, Vinod Kumar.V, Vinoth P, Vipul Ramanuj, viral joshi, Vishal D, Vishnu Murali, Vishnupriyan Kartha, Vishwatej Pawar, Vivek George, Vivek Puliyeri, Yagnesh Desai, Yogesh Parashar.

Now on to the eBirding Challenge for December: 20 ‘shared’ lists!

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Dec 2014 eBirding Challenge: 20 ‘shared’ lists

challenge-logo[Update: to count, your list must be shared with another person’s account; lists shared only with group accounts are ineligible.]

It’s December already, how time flies! To mark the last month of 2014, and to set the stage for a wonderful new birding year in 2015, this month’s eBirding Challenge is a bit different. So while you are finishing uploading your lists for November’s challenge (deadline: 5th Nov), do start on the challenge for December — which is to upload at least 20 ‘shared’ lists during the month.

Although solitary birding brings its own rewards, winter is a great time to bird with your friends and family. Perhaps they are already watch birds, and if not maybe you can introduce them to the joys of birding. Either way, when you do go birding with others, what better way to make the experience stay in memory than to upload the trip list to eBird and ‘share’ it with those who were with you. In eBird, to share a list is to make a copy into your friend’s account — so only share with those who accompanied you on your trip!

If you are unfamiliar with list sharing in eBird, please do read through this overview first.

The target for December is for at least 20 of your lists during the month to be ‘shared’ with your birding companions. As in earlier challenges, each list should be an effort-based, complete list, of at least 15 min in durationicon_tooltip. Do remember that all people on a shared list get credit for that list. So, for example, if A and B go birding together and A shares the list with B, then both of them get a tally of 1 against their name towards the December challenge.

Why emphasize shared lists? Well, many reasons. We have noticed that many trip lists have lots of people (in eBird: “Number of people in your birding party”), but are not shared with them. This misses a great opportunity for everyone who went birding to open their ‘bird account’ in eBird.

Also, occasionally there are people who went birding together who upload separate lists. Instead, if one person does the initial upload and then shares with others it saves effort, and also tags all shared lists as coming from the same birding trip, which is important for generating meaningful output from the data, including maps and seasonal barcharts.

Finally, we would like to encourage everyone to introduce new people to birding — whether colleagues, friends or family: please do so and then share the lists with them, so that they also become part of our collective effort to document India’s birds!

Please upload all your December lists by 5 January so that we can announce the results on 6 January. All birders who reach the target will be named and recognized on this website. One of these names will be chosen at random to receive a small birding-related gift in appreciation.

Here are the general rules of our monthly challenges. 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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