Endemic Bird Day

endemic bird day 400pxEndemic Bird Day was celebrated on the 9th of May, coinciding with Global Big Day across the world. A larger number of Indian birders marked the event by braving the May heat to go out birding. Take a look at the Endemic Bird Day page for a summary of the birds seen, and also for the results of the endemics identification contest!

 

 

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April 2015 eBirders of the month

challenge-logo-2015The India eBirding challenge for April 2015 was an echo of April the previous year. The target was to upload at least 20 complete, effort-based birdlistsicon_tooltip during the month.  In April last year, 17 birders met or exceeded this target. Given the way eBird has been growing in India, we were curious about how many rose to the challenge this time!

Overall, during April, the number of complete, effort-based lists of at least 15 min duration was 2,853. In all, 408 birders uploaded 3,352 lists of all types from April, together accounting for over 62,700 observations of birds from across India.

Of all the birders who uploaded lists in April, 35 uploaded 20 or more eligible lists for the month. These 35 are (as always, excluding group accounts):

Abhirami C
Alan Knue
Ameya Mundle
Anamika Menon
Anish Aravind
Anjitha Devarajan
Anoop CR
Anuj Raina
Aparajita Datta
Arathy S Kumar
Chinmay Rahane
Chithrabhanu Pakaravoor
Dr George P J
Erle Brito
Ganeshwar S V
Harikrishnan Surendran
Hitha P T
Jaydev Mandal
Krishna Girish
Madhushri Mudke
Manju Sinha
M D Madhusudan
Neethu George Thoppan
Nimitha Damodaran
Panchapakesan Jeganathan
Pavithra Sankaran
Premchand Reghuvaran
Rajneesh Suvarna
Ramit Singal
Raphy Kallettumkara
Sachin Krishna M V
Suhel Quader
Swati Sidhu
T R Shankar Raman
Vidhya Sundar
Wahiba Humam

Many congratulations to all of them!

One of these 35 was chosen using a computer-generated random number to receive a small gift, and that person is

M D Madhusudan

who receives a copy of How to be a (bad) birdwatcher by Simon Barnes. (You can read reviews here and here.)

Here is the full list of all 408 eBirders from April 2015:

abha manohark, Abhijith surendran, Abhirami  C, Able Lawrence, Aditya Agnihotri,  Aidan & Savio Fonseca, AIswARya c, Ajay Kulangara, AJAY RAJAN, Akshay Surendra, Alan Knue, Alex John, Alkesh Thakare, Alok Bhide, Ameya Mundle, Amol Lopes, Anamika Menon, Anand Kalinadhabhatla, Anand Sundaram, Anantha  Krishnan.K, anant pande, André Weiss Pryde, ANEES AHAMMED A, Aneesh Sasidevan, anisha jayadevan, Anish Aravind, Anjali J, Anjana Mohandas, Anjana Nair, Anjitha Devarajan, anju t joshy, Ankit Vikrant, anna p a, Ann Crawford, Anoop CR, anshuman sarkar, Anubhab Dey, anuj raina, Aparajita Datta, Appavu Pavendhan, Arabinda Pal, Arathy S Kumar, Aravind AM, Aravind Balagopalan, Archana Nair, Arjun R, Arnav Anish, Arpit Deomurari, Arun Bhaskaran, Arundev G, ARUN KR, arun  lal, ARUNSANKAR N, Arya Vinod, Ashish Gupta, Ashu Singh, ATANU MODAK, Athira K Nair, Atluanga Ngente, Atul Joshi, Avinandan D, Avisek Chatterjee, Ayilai Hoopoe, Balwant Negi, Basil Peter, Bela Arora, Bhalchandra Pujari, BHAVIK PARIKH, BHAVYA MM, bineesha k, Biswajit Saha, Biswanath Mondal, Brajesh Sayem, Brodie Lewis, Chandrasekaran Venkatraman, Cheran Jagadeesan, Chethan GS, Chinmay Rahane, chithrabhanu pakaravoor, Chris Bowden, CLAREENA JOSE, CNS Nature, Dakota Mork, david stanton, Debashis Chowdhury, Deepak Jois, Deepa Mohan, Deepshikha Mehra, Devdulal Chandra, Devika Rani, Dhananjai Mohan, dhananjay bhamburkar, Dhanesh  Ayyappan, Dharmaraj Patil, dhiren malani, Dhruvam Desai, Dilan Mandanna, dilip kg, Dilip Polpakkara, Dilip Virkhade, Dimple Varu, Dinesh K.S., dipak bowalkar, Dipak Gudhekar, Divya Mudappa, divya srivastava, Dr George P J, Duraiswamy Navaneetham, Dwiref Oza, Enakshi Bhattacharya, Eric Finley, Erle Brito, fermin jose, Gajanan Bapat, Ganeshwar  S V, Garima Bhatia, Gaurang Bagda, gayathri mukundan, Geetha  Venkataraman, Ger Thys, Ginu George, Gitanjali Katlam, Gnanaskandan Kesavabharathi, G Parameswaran, Guy MIRGAIN, Hari Hariharan, hari krishnan, Harikrishnan Surendran, hari kumar, HARI MAVELIKARA, Harsha Jayaramaiah, hashim kp, Hemanth Byatroy, hemant kumar, Henna. Hashim, HITHA  P  T, Humayun Taher, induchoodan sreedharan amalath, Irene Daniel, jadeswamy madaiah, Jaichand Johnson, James Boyce, James Williams, Javid Ihsan, Jayant  Wadatkar, jayaprakash m t, Jaydev Mandal, Jishnnu B, JISHNU V G, jismi m o, jobin kuriakose, Jorge Valdez Power, Joseph Miller, Josh Engel, Joshua Dharmaraj, kalpana jayaraman, Kalyan Varma, Kanak Bakre, Karan Chellappa , Karan Tambe, Karthikeyan G B, Kaustubh Rau, Krishna Girish, Krishnamoorthy Muthirulan, KRISHNANUNNI M R, krishna vinayan, Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, Lakshminarasimha  Ranganathan, Lalnun Zira, Lekshmi  Jayakumar, Lloyd Fernandes, Maanav Jalan, madhushri mudke, Madhu Varadaraj, Mandar  Bhagat, Manju Sinha, Manoj Karingamadathil, Maulik Varu, Maya  Ramaswamy, Mayur Bawri, M D Madhusudan, Meghna Banerjee, meher preetham, Mike Prince, Minarul Haque, Mittal Gala, Mohan Raj K., Mohith Shenoy, monali shah, Monica Kaushik, Muansanga Khiangte, mujeeb pm, muruga raja, Muthu Narayanan, M V BHAKTHA, NADHA GAFOOR, Nandana prasanth, Neethu George Thoppan, Neha Waikar, Nelson George, nimitha damodaran, Niranjana C, Nirmal Gourav Das, Nisha M, Nishant Shah, Nishit Soni, nithin mohan, Nosherwan Sethna, Omkar Dharwadkar, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, PANKAJ GUPTA, Pankaj Lad, paramita mazumdar, Patrick David, Pavithra Sankaran, P. B. Samkumar, Peroth Balakrishnan, Phani krishna Ravi, Prabhakar Sastri, PRADEEP KUMAR V B, Pradeep Sangwan, Pradyut Choudhury, Prakash G, Pranjal Mahananda, Prashanth  Badarinath, Prashant Tewari, prasob enose, Prathamesh Desai, Pratiksha Kothule, Pratyush T Hazarika, Praveen es, Praveen J, praveen shenoy, Premchand Reghuvaran, prithvi chandrasekar, Priyal Shah, Pushkar Kulkarni, Raghurama Hegde, Raghuram R, Raghuvanshi Rajesh, Rahul Matmari, rahul narlanka, Raja Bandi, Rajan KC, Rajaram M R, rajdeep Fadte , Rajdeep Mitra, RAJESH SONI, Rajgopal Patil, Rajneesh Suvarna, Raj Phukan, Raju Kasambe, Rakesh  Patel, Raman Kumar, Ramesh Desai, Ramit Singal, RANJINI MURALI, raphy kallettumkara, raveendran kc, Raveendran Natarajan, RAVI DHONGLE, Raviprakash KB, REEF RCOEM, Rejitha  V, renju tr, RESHMA  BHAT, Rick Fox, Rithika Fernandes, Rohan Chakravarty, Rohit Chakravarty, Rohit Hazare, Ronit Dutta, Rushil Fernandes, Sachet Khandeshwar, SACHIN KRISHNA M V, sahana m, Sahas Barve, Saloni Tirodkar, Saloni Wadhwa, Samad Kottur, Samanyu Neelson, sameer  shendre, Samiran  Jha, Sampreeth Desai, Samyak Kaninde, Sana M  Ali, Sandeep Balan, Sanjay Karanth, Santanu Manna, Santanu Pal, Sarath Champati, sasidharan manekkara, satish siwatch, SEDHULAKSHMI K UNNI, Shah Jahan, SHAHNAS K F, Shah Nawaz Jelil, Shailee Shah, Shanmugam Kalidass, shanmuga  priya, Shariq Khan, Shashank Birla, Shashikantha Koudur, shashikant  Naik, SHESHGIRI BAGDE, Shivaprakash Adavanne, Shivaram Vinjamuri, Shreya Yadav, Shubham Patil, Shubham Srivastav, Shwetha Bharathi, Siddhartha  Balakrishnan, Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, sidharthan katteri, Simanta Medhi, Simon Tickle, Sivakumar AK, sivakumar Hariharan, Sivakumar SS, Sivakumar Swaminathan, Sivashankar Ramachandran, Siva T, skanda sn, Sneha G Ajay, Sneha Gupta, Snehasis Sinha, Soham Sinha, Soma Ateesh, Somen Sarkar, Some Subhra Patra, Somoyita sur, Soni Nambiar, Soumen Mukherjee, Soumya Prasad, SOUMYA  SENGUPTA, Sourajit Ghosal, Sravan Kumar, Sreedhar Vijayakrishnan, Sreekumar E R, Srijan Roy Choudhury, SRI RAMAN, Srushti Mehatkar, S S Cheema, steffin babu, Subhasmita Patro, sugadev sugathan, Suhel Quader, Sujit Kumar Das, Sulabha Chakravarty, Sumanta Pramanick, Sumesh  b, Sumin George, Sunil Rajagopal, Supriya Kawadkar, supriya sharma, Suresh Brar, Suresh  Rana, Surya Prakash, sutirtha lahiri, swathi chandramohan, Swati Sidhu, Swetika Sachan, SYAMILI MANOJ, syed  ateeq, Syed Muzamil, Taksh Sangwan, TheNatureTrust (GroupAccount), TheNatureWeb.Net Team, Thomas Job, Thorkild Michaelsen, Tilroy  Fernandes, tony antony, T R Shankar Raman, ts prasanth, Udiyaman Shukla, Umesh Mani, vaisakh george, vedang saunt, vedant kumbhar, Venkatesh Prasad, Vidhya  Sundar, Vignesh Menon, Vijaya Lakshmi, Vijay kumar, Vijay Kumar, Vijay Yerra, Vikas madhav nagarajan Madhav, vikram chauhan, Vinay Das, Vinoba Anand, Viola Rodrigues, Vipul Vedi, Viral  Pankaj, Virender Sharma, Vishal & Sophia D, vishnu dattan, Vishnupriyan Kartha, Vishnu Thavara, VISHNUVARTHANAN GUNALAN, Vishnu Vinod, Vishwatej Pawar, vivekanand vivek, Vivek M, Vl Hriatzuala Sailo, vrinda  lath, Wahiba Humam, Yagnesh Desai, Yogesh Parashar.

Are you doing your best to match the target for May? And don’t forget the several flavours of yearlong challenges for 2015!

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May 2015 eBirding challenge: 6 lists a week

challenge-logo-2015While we wait for everyone to upload to their April lists to see who meets the target for April, it’s time to think about the challenge for May. Now, we’ve been told by many people that since May is a very hot month we should set a rather low target. But we don’t agree! Birding happens anytime we are outdoors, and surely most of us are outdoors for at least 30 min each day; even in the burning month of May?

The target for May last year was 4 lists per week. This year the target is increased to 6 lists per week (as earlier, with a nod towards the IPL). As before, each list should be an effort-based, complete list, of at least 15 min durationicon_tooltip.

The weeks are counted like this: seven days each, except for the last week, which includes all the remaining days of the month. So the last ‘week’ is the 22nd to the 31st of May.

Birding and uploading 6 lists a week is neither trivially easy nor hugely difficult for most of us. You might enjoy a cup of coffee or tea on the balcony early in the morning while it’s still cool — there’s a 15 min bird list already! Or if you go for an evening walk, or visit a park on the weekend. Birding need not wait for a special trip to a fabulous habitat!

Of course, do mark your calendar for the 9th of May: Endemic Bird Day. How many species can we all see together on that one day? How many endemics?

What follows below is a repetition of the text of last month’s challenge announcement — just in case you missed it then.

We would like to encourage you to try out two additional things:

  • Try making a regular bird list at the same location through the month — for example at your home or place of work. If possible, make these lists at approximately the same time of the day. This gives you an overall idea of what species you are likely (or unlikely) to see at that particular location; and also gives you an idea of whether on a single day, you can expect to see only 50% or as much as 90% of all birds seen at that location.
  • May is breeding time for many species in many parts of India. However, the breeding distribution and timing of our species is still rather poorly known. Help document the locations and timing of breeding of birds by adding a suitable ‘breeding code’ whenever you see any signs of breeding. These codes are classified depending on the strength of evidence for breeding, from ‘Singing male’ (indicating possible breeding) to ‘Nest with young’ (indicating confirmed breeding). More information on these codes is available at this help page; and you can enter the appropriate code next to each species in your eBird list by clicking on ‘Add details’ and then ‘Breeding code’ as in the screenshot below.BreedingCodes

 

 

 

 

Please upload all your lists by 5 June so that we can announce the results on 6 June. 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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March 2015 eBirders of the month

challenge-logo-2015February generated a lot of birding enthusiasm, in part due to the Great Backyard Bird Count, and a record number of lists were uploaded to eBird in that month. In March, rather than taking things easy, we thought to challenge ourselves to even more dedicated birding, all through the month. Hence, the eBirding challenge for the month was to upload at least one eligible listicon_tooltip on 25 or more days of the month. Not a very easy task, but a number of birders did rise to the challenge!

Overall, during March, the number of complete, effort-based lists of at least 15 min duration was 3,387. In all, 580 birders uploaded 4,171 lists of all types from March, together accounting for over 90,082 observations of birds from across India.

Of all the birders who uploaded lists in March, 19 uploaded eligible lists from 25 or more days of the month. These are truly star birders! Some may have gone to exotic places to watch birds; others carefully and regularly documented the birds they saw where they live or work. These 19 are (as always, excluding group accounts):

Abhirami C
Aparajita Datta
Balwant Negi
Devi Ambika.S
Dr George P J
Erle Brito
Ganeshwar S V
Hari Kumar
Jaydev Mandal
Lakshminarasimha Ranganathan
Lloyd Fernandes
Manju Sinha
M D Madhusudan
Panchapakesan Jeganathan
Premchand Reghuvaran
Ramit Singal
Siva T
Surendhar Boobalan
T R Shankar Raman

Many congratulations to all of them!

One of these 19 was chosen using a computer-generated random number to receive a small gift, and that person is

Jaydev Mandal

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.)

Here is the full list of all 580 eBirders from March 2015:

Abdul Raheem P A, abhijith a.p.c, Abhijith surendran, Abhinand C, Abhinav Chaudhary, Abhirami C, Abhishek Gulshan, Abhishek Maiya, Able Lawrence, Adarsh VC, Aditya Agnihotri, ahil rishi rajasekaran, Aidan & Savio Fonseca, Aisha Sultana, AJAY RAJAN, Albin Jacob, Alkesh Thakare, Aman Williams, Amit Ghosh, Amol Lopes, Anand Pendharkar, Anantha Krishnan.K, ANEES AHAMMED A, Aneesh Sasidevan, Anil Goyal, Anil Mahajan, anil subramaniam, Anil UK, Aniruddh Naik, Anish Aravind, Anita Mani, Anjali J, Anjana Mohandas, Anjitha Devarajan, Ankit Vikrant, anna p a, Anoop CR, anshuman sarkar, Anuj Gupta, anuj raina, Anuj Saikia, Anuradha Krishnan, Aparajita Datta, Appavu Pavendhan, Arabinda Pal, Arathy S Kumar, Aravind AM, Aravind B, Arindam Pachoni, Arjun Prakash, Arka Sarkar, Arnav Anish, Arpit Deomurari, Arun Bhaskaran, arun lal, Arunprasad Dhanapal, ARUNSANKAR N, Arun Simha, Arvind Patole, Arya Vinod, ashish dwivedi, Ashish Gupta, ASHISH SHUKLA, ashok raj v m, Ashu Singh, ASHUTOSH MALLIK, Ashutosh Singh, Ashwin Baindur, Ashwin Gokhale, Atharva Damle, Athira K Nair, Awmawia Sailo, Babita Angle, BAHAR BAVISKAR, balakrishnan pakaravoor, Balwant Negi, bankim baruah, BBD2014 GA-002, BBD2014 GA-003, BBD2014 GA-004, BBD2014 GA-008, BBD2014 GA-009, BBD2015 GA-001, BBD2015 GA-005, BBD2015 GA-006, BBD2015 GA-007, BBD2015 GA-011, BBD2015 GA-012, Bee Trotter, Bela Arora, betsy selvakumar, Bhagyashree Ingle, Bhakti Salgaonkar, Bhalchandra Pujari, bhargav dwaraki, Bhavik Thaker, BHAVYA MM, Bheemaneni Bhanu Prakash, Bhoj Kumar Acharya, Bias Chakraborty, bineesha k, Biswajit De, Bob Dawson, Bopanna Pattada, Carey Bergman, Carol Anderson, Catherine Rodricks, Chandrasekaran Venkatraman, Charlie Singh, Cheran Jagadeesan, Chinmay Rahane, chithrabhanu pakaravoor, Chris Bowden, Christian Stern, Conrad Pinto, Daniel Tillotson, David Irving, david stanton, David Vanlalfakawma, Debashis Chowdhury, Deepak Sahu, Deepa Mohan, Deepika Prasad, Denize Rodricks, Devdulal Chandra, Devi Ambika.S, Devika Rani, devi s r, Devshri Pajai , dfo soil conservation nainital, Dhananjai Mohan, dhananjay bhamburkar, Dhanashri Salunke, Dhanesh Ayyappan, dhiren malani, Dhruvam Desai, Dilan Mandanna, dilip kg, Dilip Polpakkara, Dilip Virkhade, Dimple Varu, Dinesh K.S., Dinesh Pundir, dipak bowalkar, Dipak Gudhekar, Dipak Joshi, Divya Mudappa, divya srivastava, Dolly Prasad, Dr George P J, Dr. Utkarsh Betodkar, Dr Vivek Dubey, Duraiswamy Navaneetham, Enakshi Bhattacharya, Erle Brito, Evelyn Rangel, Faiyaz A Khudsar, FAKIM ECO CLUB, Farhad P, Fazlul Alam, FreeBirds UK, Ganeshwar S V, Garima Bhatia, Gaurang Bagda, Gaurav Nalkur, geethanjali ravindran, Geetha Venkataraman, Ghazala Shahabuddin, Girish Jathar, Gita Dattatri, Gnanaskandan Kesavabharathi, Gokul GB, Gopi Sundar, Gowthama Poludasu, G Parameswaran, gracy michael, Graham B Langley, Gunwant Mahajan, Hans-Peter Bieri, Hanuman Gawas, Hari Hariharan, Harikrishnan Surendran, hari kumar, HARI MAVELIKARA, Harjot Singh(Harry) Kahai, HARSHADA GAUNS, harsha nr, Hedayeat Ullah, Hemant Dhadnekar, Hemanth Byatroy, hemraj duraiswami, Henna. Hashim, Himansh Pahwa, HITHA P T, Hoolock Gibbon Eco Club, induchoodan sreedharan amalath, Instituteofbirdstudies Rishivalley, Irene Daniel, jadeswamy madaiah, jagrut rindani, James Boyce, James Hrahsel, jaseela saeed, Javid Ihsan, Jayadev Menon, jayant atrey, Jayan Thomas, Jayant Wadatkar, Jayaprakashan KP, jayaprakash m t, Jaya Sahana S, Jaydev Mandal, Jaydip Bhattacharya, Jaymeet solanki, Jinesh P S, Jishnnu B, Jory Vincent, Josh Engel, Joshua Dharmaraj, Joydip Sinha, Judy Ferris, Junglehome Mudumalai, Jyothi Krishnan, Jyothish Nelson, Jyoti Bikash Baishya, Kalpana Malani, kalpesh chodnekar, Kalyan Varma, Kanak Bakre, Karan Chellappa , Karan Tambe, karthick mahalingam, Karthikeyan G B, Kartik Pomal, Kathy Drake, Kaustubh Rau, Kavi Nanda, Khonoma Eco Club, Kiran bagade, Kiran Kashyap, kiran more, Kishan Meena, Komal Matieda, Krishna Girish, krishna kumar, Krishnamoorthy Muthirulan, Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, Kunal Munsiff, kusal gurung, Lakpa Sherpa, Lakshminarasimha Ranganathan, Lalnun Zira, lal ramtiama, Lalthanzara H, Lekshmi Jayakumar, Lekshmi R, Lisa Orchard, Lloyd Fernandes, madhushri mudke, madhushri mudke , Madhu Varadaraj, MAITREYA SUKUMAR, Manan Singh Mahadev, MANAS AGRAWAL, Mandar Bhagat, Mangirish Dharwadkar, MANIKA DAS, Manju Sinha, Manoj Bind, Manoj Karingamadathil, Manoj Sankav, Marella Viswa teja , Markus Craig, Maulik Varu, Mayur Bawri, M D Madhusudan, megha phadkay, meher preetham, Milan Sojitra, Mirthula Rani, Mittal Gala, Mohan Raj K., Mohith Shenoy, Monica Kaushik, Mousumi Dutta, Mridu Paban Phukon, Muansanga Khiangte, Mukund Thakkar, Mulagala Srinivas, Muthu Narayanan, Nabarun Sadhya, Nandana prasanth, Navojit Saha, Neethu George Thoppan, Neha Waikar, Nelson George, Nikhil Devasar, nimitha damodaran, Nirmal Gourav Das, Nisanth Raveendran, Nisha M, Nishant Shah, Nishit Soni, Nitin S, Nosherwan Sethna, Nritya Ganesh, Omkar Kekre, omkar naik, oyndrila sanyal, Panchami Manoo Ukil, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, PANKAJ GUPTA, Pankaj Lad, Pankaj Maheria, paridhi brahma, partap singh, PARTHA DAS, Paul Devanesan, Pavithra Sankaran, P. 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Samkumar, Peroth Balakrishnan, Pintueli Gajjar, POOJA PATTNAIK, Prabhakar Sastri, PRADEEP KUMAR V B, pradeep parameswaran, Pradeep Sangwan, Pradnya Karbhari, prajidev pillai, Prakash G, Prakash Loganathan, prakash pote, Pranjal Mahananda, Prasath Selvaraj, Prashanth Badarinath, Prashanth NS, prasob enose, Prathamesh Tamhane, Pratik Humnabadkar, Pratyush T Hazarika, Praveen es, Praveen J, Praveen Manivannan, praveen Rao koli, Premchand Reghuvaran, Pritam Baruah, Priyanshu Karmakar, Pronoy Baidya, Raghurama Hegde, Rahul Matmari, rahul narlanka, Rainbow Friends Bird Club, Rajah Jayapal, Rajan KC, Raja Nongkhlaw, Rajashree Khalap, Rajesh Kalra, Rajesh Panwar, Rajgopal Patil, Rajneesh Suvarna, Raj Phukan, Rakesh Kalva, Raman Kumar, Ramesh Desai, Ramit Singal, Ranjan Barthakur, raphy kallettumkara, raveendran kc, RAVI DHONGLE, REEF RCOEM, Regin George, Rejitha V, Rekha Nair, renju tr, Rick Fox, Ritvik Amarchand, Rochamliana Aineh, Rohan Chakravarty, Rohan Dekate, Rohit Chakravarty, Rohit Hazare, Ronit Dutta, RUBUL DEKA, Ruby Prakash, Rudraksha Chodankar, Rushil Fernandes, SACHIN KRISHNA M V, Sachin Sarode, Sagar Adhurya, sagar patil, sahana m, Sahas Barve, Sai Vivek, Sajib Das, SALINI HARIKUMAR, Samanyu Neelson, Samar Gupta, sameer shendre, Samir Naik, Sampreeth Desai, Samyak Kaninde, Samyukth Sridharan, Sana M Ali, Sandeep Bapat, sandeep keerthi, sandip das, Saneesh C S, Sangeetha AB, Sanjay Karanth, Sanjay Sondhi, Santanu Manna, Santharam V, santhosh kumar, sarath remesh, Saravanakumar veerasivam, sasidharan manekkara, sathi nair, sathiyapriya krishnan, Satish Chandra Thayapurath, satish siwatch, Saurabh Sawant, Sayoni Dutta, Senthilkumar Alagu, Sethu lal, Shah Jahan, SHAHNAS K F, Shah Sofiullah Mahmud Hussain, Shailee Shah, Shanmugam Kalidass, shanmuga priya, Sharad Kumar, Sharan venkatesh, sharath ram, Shashank Birla, Shashikantha Koudur, shashikant Naik, sheeba nanjan, SHEKHAR BOPARDIKAR, shino jacob koottanad, shishir shendokar , Shivaprakash Adavanne, Shivashankar Manjunatha, Shounak Banerjee, Shrikanth nayak, Shruti kulkarni, Shruti Patil, Shubham Srivastav, Shuvendu Das, Shweta Avinash , Shwetha Bharathi, sidharthan katteri, Sireesha Nemana, Sivakumar AK, sivakumar Hariharan, Sivakumar Swaminathan, Sivashankar Ramachandran, Siva T, skanda sn, Sneha G Ajay, Sneha Gupta, Snehasis Sinha, Sohail Madan, soham brahmbhatt, Soham Dixit , Soham Sinha, Somen Sarkar, Somoyita sur, Soumya Aon, Soumya Prasad, Sourajit Ghosal, Sravan Kumar, Sreedhar Vijayakrishnan, SREEJITH GOPALAN, sreekanth c, Sreelakshmi.R. 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Are you doing your best to match the target for April? And don’t forget the several flavours of yearlong challenges for 2015!

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April 2015 eBirding challenge: 20 complete lists

challenge-logo-2015The India eBirding challenge for April 2015 is straightforward: simply upload 20 complete birdlists during the month. As in earlier monthly challenges, each list should be an effort-based, complete list, of at least 15 min durationicon_tooltip.

Veteran eBirders may ask why we are setting such a simple task. Well, there are several answers. In the first place, we don’t always want to set such high targets that many birders may not be able to reach. 20 lists of at least 15 min duration each amounts to at least 5 hrs of birding during April. While this is not hard to reach, it’s also not trivially easy, especially accounting for the fact that April is a very hot month in many parts of the country!

Also, although this is not part of the target for April, we would like to encourage you to try out two additional things:

  • Try making a regular bird list at the same location through the month — for example at your home or place of work. If possible, make these lists at approximately the same time of the day. This gives you an overall idea of what species you are likely (or unlikely) to see at that particular location; and also gives you an idea of whether on a single day, you can expect to see only 50% or as much as 90% of all birds seen at that location.
  • April is breeding time for many species in many parts of India. However, the breeding distribution and timing of our species is still rather poorly known. Help document the locations and timing of breeding of birds by adding a suitable ‘breeding code’ whenever you see any signs of breeding. These codes are classified depending on the strength of evidence for breeding, from ‘Singing male’ (indicating possible breeding) to ‘Nest with young’ (indicating confirmed breeding). More information on these codes is available at this help page; and you can enter the appropriate code next to each species in your eBird list by clicking on ‘Add details’ and then ‘Breeding code’ as in the screenshot below.BreedingCodes

 

 

 

 

Please upload all your lists by 5 May so that we can announce the results on 6 May. 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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