July eBirders of the Month

challenge-logoJuly’s  eBirding Challenge was straightfoward: accumulate at least ten hours worth of complete listsicon_tooltip during the course of the month. In contrast to the previous month’s challenge, which only three people managed to meet, July’s target proved rather easy — with 36 birders meeting or exceeding it!

In all, 154 birders uploaded 1,313 lists of all types in July, together accounting for 20,977 records.

The 36 eBirders of the month for July are:

Abhijith Surendran
Able Lawrence
Anish Aravind
Anshuman Sarkar
Arun  Lal
Arya Vinod
Bala S.
Bela Arora
Bhagyashree Ingle
Castro Karthi
Chithrabhanu Pakaravoor
Dr George P J
Eveny Luis
Ganeshwar S V
Hanuman Gawas
Hari Kumar
Kiran More
Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi
Mandar  Bhagat
Manju Sinha
Milan Sojitra
Panchapakesan Jeganathan
Prakash G
Premchand Reghuvaran
Pronoy Baidya
Raja Simma Pandiyan
Rohit Chakravarty
Sahana M
Sanjay Thakur
Shivaprakash Adavanne
Skanda SN
Sreekar Rachakonda
Sumesh B
Thomas Job
Vijayalakshmi Rao
Vivek Puliyeri

Many congratulations to all of them!

One of these 36 was chosen using a computer-generated random number to receive a small gift, and that person is

Vivek Puliyeri

who receives a copy of Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds by Bern Heinrich. (You can read a review here.)

We would like to make special mention of The Nature Trust, an organization based in Chennai. The monthly challenges are open to individuals who go out birding, and not to those whose eBird accounts aggregate lists from multiple people. For this reason, The Nature Trust has not been appearing on the list of eBirders of the Month, because its members put all their separate lists into this one account. But The Nature Trust is amazingly active, and in July its members contributed a total of 50.5 person-hours of birding to eBird. We salute their efforts!

Here is the full list of contributors from July 2014:

Abhijith surendran, Abhimanyu Lele, abhirami-niranjana C, Able Lawrence,  Aidan & Savio Fonseca, Aishwarya Muralidhar, Aishwarya Varadharajan, Ajit A, Alvan Buckley, Amit Bandekar, Amruta Rane, Anish Aravind, ANJANA VIJAYAN, anshuman sarkar, arun  lal, Arya Vinod, Atreyee Mitra, Badursha Noushad, Bala S., Bela Arora, Bhagyashree Ingle, Bhakti Salgaonkar, Bhalchandra Pujari, Caitlyn King, Castro Karthi, Chandra Sekhar Bandi, chetan harikishandas joshi, chithrabhanu pakaravoor, Chris Bowden, Clara  Correia, CLAREENA JOSE, Conrad Pinto, Crist Inman, Deepak Balasubramanian, Devi Ambika.S, dhanesh  a, dilip kg, Dilip Polpakkara, Dinesh K.S., Dr George P J, Dr. Utkarsh Betodkar, Emanuel george , Eveny Luis, Ganeshwar  S V, Garima Bhatia, G Parameswaran, Grace Saji, Graham B Langley, Hanuman Gawas, hari kumar, HARSHADA GAUNS, harsha nr, Instituteofbirdstudies Rishivalley, James Williams, Jayant  Wadatkar, jayaprakash m t, Jinesh P S, jismi m o, J.Thomas Cheruvallil, Kanchan GATWARD, Kaustubh Rau, kiran more, Kranti Singh, Krittika  DSilva, Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, Lavanya Gopu, Madhura Niphadkar, Mandar  Bhagat, Manish  Kumar, Manju Sinha, MEGHANA ROSE JOSEPH, Milan Sojitra, Mirzana Shiyas, Mohith Shenoy, Monica Kaushik, Mrinmayee Thakur, MUHAMMED NEZEEM V N, Nandana prasanth, Nandkishor Dudhe, Naseem Abdurahman V, Naveen  MR, Neha Paranjape, Ninad Thakoor, nithin mohan, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, Pankaj Lad, Patrick David, Pavan Reddy, peeyush sekhsaria, Prakash G, prashant bhagat, Prashanth  Badarinath, Prashanth NS, Praveen es, praveen shenoy, Premchand Reghuvaran, Pronoy Baidya, Raghurama Hegde, Rahul Matmari, Raja Simma Pandiyan, Rajgopal Patil, Rajiv D’Silva, Raju Kasambe, RAJU MENON, Raman Kumar, RAVINDRA SATHAYE, renju tr, RESHMA  BHAT, Richa Kolachena, Robin Duska, Rohit Chakravarty, Rohit Naniwadekar, RSS Moorthy, sahana m, Saneesh  C S, Sanjay Thakur, santhosh kumar, sarayu ramakrishnan, Savita Kulkarni, Shashank Birla, SHESHGIRI BAGDE, Shivaprakash Adavanne, Shivashankar Manjunatha, Shiv kumar, Shwetha Bharathi, Sivakumar AK, Siva T, skanda sn, Soni Nambiar, Sreekar Rachakonda, Srikanth Bhat, Srinivasa Shenoy, Sudhir Garg, sugadev sugathan, Suhel Quader, Sumesh  b, Sumin George, Taksh Sangwan, Tallulah D’Silva, tanuja dasharath haunsbhavi, Tanya Seshadri, TheNatureTrust (GroupAccount), Thomas Job, Thorkild Michaelsen, TKS Thathachari, vaisakh george, Vignesh Menon, Vijayalakshmi Rao, Viola Rodrigues, vishnudas ck, Vivek Puliyeri, Yagnesh Desai, Yogesh Malkhare, Yogesh Parashar.

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eBird missing species from India

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Pink-headed Duck. By Henrik Grönvold (1858–1940) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There is information on about 96% of the world’s bird species on eBird. But what about the remaining 4%? Take a look at this article on the eBird website:

Anyone seen a Pink-headed Duck recently??

More seriously, here is a list of species from India for which eBird has not even a single observation. Some of you (perhaps someone who has visited the Nicobars?) may have seem one ore more of them.

If you’ve seen any of these birds, do upload them! If you are concerned that providing exact details of the location, etc, of these species, please take a look at the eBird guidelines for reporting sensitive species. Of course, if you have seen a Narcondam Hornbill, you don’t need to bother hiding the location!

List of species from India with no observations in eBird. This list (with all details shown) has been taken directly from the global list of “missing” species put out by eBird.

Species IUCN Status Range
Pink-headed Duck (Rhodonessa caryophyllacea) CR India and Myanmar. Last confirmed report 1949.
Nicobar Scrubfowl or Nicobar Megapode (Megapodius nicobariensis) VU Nicobar Islands
Manipur Bush-Quail (Perdicula manipurensis) EN W Bengal, Manipur, and Assam (India)
Sclater’s Monal (Lophophorus sclateri) VU Eastern Himalayas (India, Myanmar, China)
Nicobar Sparrowhawk (Accipiter butleri) VU North and central Nicobar Islands
Jerdon’s Courser (Rhinoptilus bitorquatus) CR SE India (Andhra Pradesh). On verge of extinction
Nicobar Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula nicobarica) NE Nicobar Islands
Nicobar Scops-Owl (Otus alius) DD Great Nicobar I. (s Nicobar Islands)
Narcondam Hornbill (Aceros narcondami) EN Lowland forests of Narcondam I. (Andaman Islands)
Nicobar Parakeet (Psittacula caniceps) NT Nicobar Islands
Nicobar Bulbul (Hypsipetes virescens) NT Forests of Nicobar Islands
Large-billed Reed-Warbler (Acrocephalus orinus) DD Breeds se Kazakhstan, ne Afghanistan; winters Myanmar, Thailand; previously known only from one 1867 specimen from n India, distribution still poorly known
Snowy-throated Babbler (Stachyris oglei) VU Mountains of ne India (ne Assam and se Arunachal Pradesh)
Large Blue-Flycatcher (Cyornis magnirostris) LC Himalayas (Nepal to Bangladesh); > to pen. Thailand
Nicobar Jungle-Flycatcher (Cyornis nicobaricus) NE S China (Guangxi); > to Nicobar Islands
Rusty-bellied Shortwing (Brachypteryx hyperythra) NT NE India (Sikkim to Arunachal Pradesh) to sw China (Yunnan)
Tawny-headed Mountain-Finch (Leucosticte sillemi) DD Mountains of western Tibet

Key to IUCN classifications:
(EW) – Extinct in the Wild
(CR) – Critically Endangered
(EN) – Endangered
(VU) – Vulnerable
(NT) – Near Threatened
(LC) – Least Concern
(DD) – Data Deficient
(NE) – Not Evaluated

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August 2014 eBirding Challenge: 20 lists

challenge-logoAfter a couple of tough challenges in June and July, we return to a slightly simpler challenge for August — in fact the same target that started this monthly series, in April.

The target for August is to upload at least 20 lists to eBird during the month. As in previous months, each list should be an effort-based, complete listicon_tooltip of at least 15 min duration.

Here is a reminder of some of the recommendations for listing:

  • Several short lists are better than one long list. For example, if out birding for an hour, it’s best to break this into four 15-min lists. This gives a better idea of the relative chance of seeing a species at that location and date: is it 1/4 or 4/4? One wouldn’t know if a single long list were uploaded. If you find it painful to upload many short lists, please do consider using the free smartphone app, which simplifies the task considerably. There are also a few tricks that one can use to make it quicker to enter lists through a regular web browser. If you still don’t like short lists, no problem! They are just a recommendation, not a requirement.
  • Please aim for ‘complete’ lists. That is, don’t leave out any species you have seen, regardless of how common or ‘uninteresting’ they are. If you are listing all species, you should say Yes to the question “Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?”, just above clicking the Submit button. Complete lists allow the calculation of the relative chance of seeing different species. But if crows and mynas (for example) were routinely left off such lists, then we couldn’t make this calculation for them.
  • Documenting the effort you spend birding is very important. You are likely to see more species if you spend 2 hrs birding than if you spent 30 min; or if you walked 2 km than if you remained at one spot. That’s why eBird asks for these details.

You can watch for (or listen for) birds virtually anywhere and at any time, so 20 lists in August should be easy! We look forward to congratulating many eBirders for having reached the target.

Please upload all your August lists by 5 September so that we can announce the results on 6 September. All birders who reach this 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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June eBirders of the Month

[Note: this post has been updated to correct an error in counting lists and therefore assessing those who met the target. There are thus three birders who have reached the target, and not two as incorrectly listed earlier. Our apologies for this lapse.]

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The third in our series of monthly eBirding Challenges for birders in India was a fiendishly tough one. We asked birders to try and upload at least 5 complete listsicon_tooltip from each of 4 distinct locations. This proved to be a difficult task, and only three birders managed to meet the target!

In all, 162 birders uploaded 1,023 lists of all types in June, together accounting for 22,711 records.

The 3 eBirders of the month for June are:

Bela Arora
Ganeshwar SV
Sudhakaran KK

Many congratulations to these three!

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

Sudhakaran KK

who receives a copy of Bird Sense: What it’s Like to be a Bird by Tim Birkhead. (You can read a review here, and there is a website devoted to the book too.)

We hope the July eBirding Challenge target will be easier to meet, and we look forward to congratulating many of you for exceeding it!

Here is the full list of contributors from June 2014:

abhijith a.p.c, Abhijith surendran, abhirami-niranjana C, Able Lawrence, adit soans, Aidan & Savio Fonseca, Aishwarya Varadharajan, Akhil Kulkarni, Amal Dev.A.V, Amil Prasad, Amirtavarshini Devarajan, Amrita Singh, Anagha Bagade, Andrea Fernandes, Anish Aravind, Ankam Vishak Keerthi, Anoop King, anshuman sarkar, Aravind AM, arshad ka, arun lal, Arun Patil, Arun Simha, Arya Vinod, Ashish Gupta, Ashritha Anoop, Bela Arora, Bhagyashree Ingle, Bhakti Salgaonkar, Bhalchandra Pujari, BHAVIK PARIKH, Chandra Sekhar Bandi, chetan harikishandas joshi, chithrabhanu pakaravoor, Chris Bowden, Conrad Pinto, david stanton, Deepak Balasubramanian, Deepak Chari, Deepa Mohan, dilip kg, Dinesh K.S., Dr George P J, Dr. Utkarsh Betodkar, Eveny Luis, Ganeshwar S V, Garima Bhatia, Gary Leavens, Gopi Sundar, G Parameswaran, Graham B Langley, HARI MAVELIKARA, HARSHADA GAUNS, harsha nr, Humayun Taher, Janet Leavens, jayaprakash m t, Jitendra Talavia, J.Thomas Cheruvallil, Kavi Nanda, Kiran bagade, Krishna Girish, Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, Maanav Jalan, madhushri mudke, Mahesh Ghanekar, Mandar Bhagat, Manish Kumar, Manjunath R S, Manju Sinha, Mathi Thumilan, Milan Sojitra, Mohandas G, Mohith Shenoy, M V BHAKTHA, Nandkishor Dudhe, Naveen MR, Neha Waikar, Nihar Madkaiker, Ninad Thakoor, nithin mohan, omkar naik, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, Pankaj Lad, Pavan Reddy, Prabhakar Manjunath, Pradnya Karbhari, Prajval Shastri, Prakash G, prashant Dhuri, Prashanth NS, Praveen Manivannan, Premchand Reghuvaran, Pronoy Baidya, Raghurama Hegde, Rahul Matmari, Raja Simma Pandiyan, Rajesh Kalra, rajesh nayak, Rajiv D’Silva, Raju Kasambe, RAJU MENON, Rakesh arti, Raman Kumar, Ramit Singal, raphy kallettumkara, Raviprakash KB, RESHMA BHAT, Ritesh D, Robin Duska, Rohit Chakravarty, Sagar Adhurya, sahana m, Samar Gupta, Samyukth Sridharan, sandeep srivats, Saneesh C S, Sanjay Thakur, sanket warudkar, sarayu ramakrishnan, Savita Kulkarni, Selvaganesh K, Sharath Adavanne, Shariq Khan, SHASHIKIRAN PARCHAKE, SHESHGIRI BAGDE, Shivaprakash Adavanne, Shivashankar Manjunatha, Shiv kumar, Shwetha Bharathi, Siddhesh Surve, Sivakumar AK, skanda sn, Soni Nambiar, Sonu Arora, Srikanth Bhat, Srinivasa Shenoy, sudhakaran kk, Sudhanshu Kothe, sugadev sugathan, Suhel Quader, Sumesh babu, Sumin George, syed muzamil, Tallulah D’Silva, Tanya Seshadri, Tarique Sani, Thaarini Kumar, TheNatureTrust (GroupAccount), Thomas Job, Thorkild Michaelsen, TKS Thathachari, vedang saunt, vedant kumbhar, Vignesh Menon, Vijayalakshmi Rao, Viola Rodrigues, Vishnupriyan Kartha, Vivek Puliyeri, Yagnesh Desai, Yogesh Malkhare, Yogesh Parashar.

Please note that ‘group’ accounts are excluded from the eBirding Challenges. Group accounts refer to those that receive contributions from multiple people, birding separately.

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July 2014 eBirding Challenge: 10 hours for birds

challenge-logoThe Challenge for June was quite steep: upload at least five lists from each of at least four distinct locations. Were you able to meet the target? While we wait until 5 July to compile the results, here is the Challenge for July 2014.

It’s simple: spend at least 10 hours eBirding through the month. As earlier, each list should be an effort-based, complete listicon_tooltip.

Ten hours seems like a long time, but it works out to an average of only 20 min per day. Grab any opportunity to make a bird list: while waiting for a bus or train; while drinking tea on your balcony; while doing your vegetable shopping; and of course on any longer trips you make that are dedicated to birding. Don’t forget possible night-time lists for nocturnal birds! And, of course, please record any signs of breeding under Add Details–Breeding Code; and embed photo, audio and video files to make your lists richer and more memorable.

While out and about, please remember to faithfully record the time you spend looking for birds: the correct durations are important not only for the integrity of the Challenge, but also for the scientific utility of the information you upload.

One further requirement of this Challenge: please upload a minimum of 10 lists. This is easy to do. If you are on a longer birding trip, make sure you submit separate lists for each 15-min segment of your time birding. Why do we encourage this? Because multiple short-duration complete lists are more informative than a single long-duration list — they tell you how consistently a species is sighted over time.

Please upload all your July lists by 5 August so that we can announce the results on 6 August. All birders who reach this 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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