Nov 2014 eBirding Challenge: 20 lists from a single location

challenge-logoIt’s time again to announce a new eBirding Challenge — this time for November. (And to remind everyone to please upload your October Challenge lists by 5th November.)

Winter brings a number of exciting migrants to our region, and we birders tend to make the most of the season by covering as many locations as possible. This is excellent, but November’s Challenge is actually about consistency.

The target for November is to upload at least 20 complete lists from the same location during the month. As in earlier challenges, each list should be an effort-based, complete list, of at least 15 min in durationicon_tooltip.

Why focus on the same location? The idea is to encourage us all to live and breathe birding — that is, be on the watch for birds all the time, not only when we go to a specific place where many species can be seen.

The advantages are several: when we get into the habit of being on a constant lookout for birds, we tend to notice much more of what is around us. When walking around within binoculars and fieldguide we better understand our personal limitations as birders. While doing so, many of us have realized that we can’t tell the difference between the calls of Red-whiskered and Red-vented Bulbuls; or between a glimpse of Common and Jungle Mynas. In learning these differences, by trial and error, we become better birders.

Further, by regularly recording the birds in a familiar area, we better understand how regularly or irregularly particular species are seen at the same location, and how their occurrence and numbers change over the seasons.

We don’t mean to discourage you at all from exploring a diversity of birding spots during the month! But at the same time, do try and do a regular 15-min list through the month at your home, office, campus, or any location you can easily visit; perhaps a nearby lake or park.

Please upload all your November lists by 5 December so that we can announce the results on 6 December. 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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Bird Count happenings, October 2014

Bird Count happenings‘ will be an irregular series of updates describing various snippets of news related to bird listing and monitoring in India. Our focus will be on activity from India in eBird, a public repository of bird information, but is not restricted to this. Although we view eBird as a valuable tool for accumulating information in Indian birds, it is not the only way in which Indian birdlife is being documented.

The Bird Count India partnership

This partnership exists to encourage and support bird listing and monitoring in India. Since its inception in early 2014, a large number of organizations and online groups have joined the partnership, supporting its goals in various ways. We welcome any group into the partnership in the spirit of working together to better understand our precious bird life.

One way in which the partnership encourages birders to document and share their bird lists is to run a monthly series of eBirding Challenges. Each challenge focusses on the effort spent in birding rather than number of species seen or the rarity of species. All birders who reach the monthly target are recognized on the website and one among these is selected at random to receive a small bird-related gift. The challenges have been run since April 2014, and you can see the monthly list of birders who met the target at this link.

Ongoing projects and new events

The Asian Waterbird Census, our oldest bird monitoring programme, picked up in 2014 with better participation and more site coverage than in recent years. We are told that a summary of the results from 2014 will be out soon.

Other events from early 2014 included the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC; 14-17 Feb), which saw a large jump in contributions thanks to the simultaneous occurrence of the Kerala Common Bird Monitoring Programme (CBMP), the Big Bird Day and the Bengaluru Bird Count. This resulted in India topping all countries in number of species reported, and coming third behind Canada and the USA in terms of the number lists contributed to the GBBC.

A follow-up event to the Kerala CBMP occurred on 12-15 Sept. This event, the Onam Bird Count, garnered even more participation than in February, and results should be out very soon. Other projects in Kerala include the Heronry Count (preliminary summary here) and the pelagic bird surveys — which are also taking off in other States, including Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Goa. Lists from pelagic surveys are being uploaded to 11×11 km ‘hotspot’ cells in eBird.

During the months of June-August, the Goa Bird Conservation Network ran the Monsoon Sunday Bird Challenge, where birders were encouraged to upload their weekend lists to eBird. The eBird platform is also being used to document and archive the findings from formal bird surveys, for example the 2014 Melagiri Bird Survey by the Kenneth Anderson Nature Society.

A significant advance in Indian birding has been the initiation of the Mysore City Bird Atlas. In this, the city of Mysore has been divided into grids, and systematically surveyed in February and in June 2014. This atlas endeavour builds on a long tradition of serious bird documentation by the Mysore Nature group, as shown by the monthly Mysore Birding Diary. Discussions about possible bird atlassing in other parts of the country are going on.

Upcoming events

Winter is almost upon us, and there is a packed schedule of events ahead. The India Bird Races will continue as usual in different parts of the country, spread over the winter months. The Asian Waterbird Census will happen in the month of January. And the Big Bird Day and Great Backyard Bird Count are scheduled for February. Please do check birdcount.in for announcements of these and other upcoming birding events.

eBird in India

Until late 2013, the majority of eBirding activity from India was by visiting birders from abroad. Since that time, more and more Indian birders have been using eBird to document their birding outings, and as a consequence, information on the occurrence and abundance of Indian birds is rapidly building up. On 1st January 2014, the number of records of birds from India stood at about 1,20,000. This number crossed half a million in early September, and now (end October) stands at just over 6,00,000 records. The number of India eBird users (ie, those who have uploaded at least one list from India) is 2,100, up from 540 on 1 Jan 2014. Since March, every month roughly 150-300 birders have been uploading one list or more from India.

Past records
Past information on birds in India is scarce, and mostly tucked away in notebooks and offline and online reports (but see the digitized records in the BirdSpot, South Asia Birds and India Biodiversity Portal databases). Thanks in part to the bulk upload feature in eBird, birders are uploading their older observations to the system. Since January 2014, a large number of lists (over 5,500 lists, totalling > 1,30,000 records) from the past (ie, from 2013 and earlier) have been uploaded. Many of these lists (over 1,000 lists, >30,000 records) are from Mike Prince, whose lists from India go as far back as 1995 and cover 22 States/UTs. Other major contributors of past lists include the Kerala Birder group, who have uploaded nearly 1,000 past lists (>23,000 records), including those from previous Kerala Forest Bird Surveys, as well as all Asian Waterbird Count data from Kerala. Shivaprakash Adavanne, Praveen J, and Fionna Prins have each uploaded over 200 of their previous lists, and a number of other birders have contributed smaller numbers of lists from the past.

Such historical information on Indian birds is extremely valuable; please do consider adding to the database by digging up your old lists and records and uploading them!

Gaps
Despite all the recent activity on eBird from India, we have a long way to go, both in absolute terms and in achieving adequate coverage across different parts of the country. For example, the number of lists for all of India is about equal to the number of lists from a single reasonably well-birded county like Miami-Dade county in the USA. Within India, coverage across different Districts is highly uneven. Until there is relatively high coverage across India, it will be difficult to generate accurate species maps, and compare seasonality or changes over years. This is our major challenge.

eBird assistance and features
Uploading lists to eBird can be done through the regular web interface, through smartphone apps, and through the bulk upload feature. We have worked with eBird to display English names that are familiar to Indian birders, but many of us still face some confusion about names, especially because of the large number of recent splits in species. These new names (and also a comprehensive list of Indian bird names) are described here. Several additional features of eBird will be highlighted in the coming months on the Bird Count India website.

Join the effort

We invite individual birders and birding/nature groups from anywhere in India to join the effort to collectively document India’s birds. There are various ways in which you can do so: as individual birders, we can take care to note all the birds we see on our birding trips and upload these lists to a site like eBird. As groups, we can design surveys or monitoring programmes in the areas we cover, to generate and aggregate information on bird distribution and abundance. Entire projects can be run through eBird, like many of those described above, and also MigrantWatch, which gives the option of reporting of migrant sightings to eBird or directly to their database.

If you are interested in listing, surveying or monitoring birds, please do contact us if you would like any advice or other help.

To get updates from Bird Count India automatically into your email inbox, you can sign up here. If you are on Facebook and would like to join our discussion of bird listing and monitoring in India, do join our Facebook group. We also have a Google group, which we hope to re-energize soon!

To add your organization’s name to the list of Bird Count India partners, please email us at birdcountindia |at| gmail.com. And please do be in touch if you have any questions or comments about what we are trying to do.

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eBird names for Indian species

eBird-names-collageIf you have ever been confused by the names that eBird uses for Indian birds, have been frustrated at not being able to find the species you want, or would like to see how eBird names correspond to other major bird naming systems, then this article is for you!

[You can skip ahead to a listing of common naming confusions, and can download an excel file with names of Indian species.]

The eBird taxonomy and naming system

The eBird taxonomy follows the Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World and in fact, eBird and Clements are tightly integrated. The taxonomy is updated annually, in August, to reflect changes that have occurred in the previous year. These include the addition of newly-discovered species, renaming of English or scientific names because of better taxonomic understanding, additions resulting from subspecies or subspecies groups being ‘elevated‘ to species status, and so on.

Species splits and naming

In the last case (subspecies elevated to species status; ie a ‘split’ in the original species), the changes are often confusing for us birders, because the English names often change as well. For example, when the Eurasian Golden Oriole (Oriolus oriolus) was split, the Indian subspecies became known as the Indian Golden Oriole (Oriolus kundoo). Similarly, a split in the Great Tit (Parus major) resulted in the various Indian subspecies being collectively called Cinereous Tit (Parus cinereus).

Then there are species that are split within India: eg Plaintive Cuckoo (Cacomantis merulinus) has been split into Plaintive (C. merulinus) and Grey-bellied (C. passerinus), with Grey-bellied being restricted to central and southern India. Similarly House Swift (Apus affinis) has been split into Little Swift (Apus affinis) and House Swift (Apus nipalensis), with A. nipalensis being restricted to the Himalayas. These changes cause a lot of confusion, with birders trying to report ‘Plaintive Cuckoo’ and ‘House Swift’ from southern India, where the species with these names now do not occur!

eBird/Clements English names for Indian birds

For the majority of species, the English names used in the eBird/Clements taxonomy are identical or at least similar to the English names that we in India are used to. Bar-headed Goose, Little Grebe, Spotted Owlet, Blyth’s Reed-Warbler, and Baya Weaver are the same names in both cases. But there are some species for which the names differ. For example Common Kingfisher and Small Blue Kingfisher are the same species (Alcedo atthis), but many of us are more used to the latter name; similarly with Spot-breasted Fantail and White-spotted Fantail (both Rhipidura albogularis). And, of course, for recent splits, we may still be accustomed to the name given for the overarching species (eg Great Tit) because that is what is written in most current field guides.

For these situations, the eBird/Clements names are unfamiliar, and need translation. Fortunately, eBird has a feature for alternative English names to be displayed. We have implemented such a set of names for India. If you go to your eBird account preferences and adjust the settings to display names as ‘English (India)‘, you will see English names customized for Indian birders based on what names are most familiar to us.

For example, we noticed that many birders were unaware that the ‘Great’ Tits they were seeing are now called Cinereous Tit; so while the eBird/Clements standard name is Cinereous Tit, the ‘English (India)’ name has been set to ‘Cinereous Tit (Great Tit)’, so that when you search for Great Tit, you will find this species. (Be sure to look for the scientific name Parus cinereus, to doublecheck that you are reporting the correct species.) Similarly, birders in the peninsula have been reporting House Swift, when actually, following the split, the southern species is Little Swift, and the Himalayan species is House Swift. To make the distinction clearer, the ‘English (India)’ names are ‘Little Swift (Indian House Swift)’ and ‘House Swift (Nepal House Swift)’ respectively. In doing this, we are not attempting to invent new English names for birds, but rather to just provide guidance for birders trying to report their sightings.

Common taxonomic and naming confusions

Below is a list of common taxonomic confusions based on changes over the past few years. All English names here are given as specified by the ‘English (India)’ setting in eBird. The listing of species is not in taxonomic order, but rather in roughly decreasing order of common-ness.

Splits resulting in single (mainland) Indian species

  • Great Tit Parus major is now split into European Great Tit Parus major (outside India) and Cinereous Tit (Great Tit) Parus cinereus.

  • Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus is now split into Eurasian Golden Oriole (O. oriolus; outside India) and Indian Golden Oriole (O. kundoo).

  • Common Stonechat Saxicola torquata is now split into many species of which only Common/Stejneger’s Stonechat (Siberian/Stejneger’s Stonechat) Saxicola maurus occurs in India.

  • Eurasian Thick-knee (Eurasian Stone-curlew) Burhinus oedicnemus is now split into Eurasian Stone-curlew (B. oedicnemus; outside India) and Indian Stone-curlew (B. indicus).

  • Plain Martin Riparia paludicola is now split into Plain Martin (R. paludicola; outside India) and Grey-throated Martin (R. chinensis).
  • Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris is now split into Eurasian/Brown Treecreeper (C. familiaris; outside India) and Hodgson’s Treecreeper (C. hodgsoni; W Himalayas)

  • Barn Owl Tyto alba is now split into Barn Owl (T. alba; widespread in India) and Andaman Masked-Owl (T. deroepstorffi; Andamans).

  • Green Imperial-Pigeon Ducula aenea now split into Green Imperial-Pigeon (D. aenea; mainland) and Nicobar Imperial-Pigeon (D. nicobarica; Nicobars).

  • Hill Swallow Hirundo tahitica is now split into Hill Swallow (House Swallow) (H. domicola; W. Ghats) and Pacific Swallow (H. tahitica; SE Asia, Andamans).

Splits resulting in multiple Indian species

  • House Swift Apus affinis, is now split into House Swift (Nepal House Swift) (A. nipalensis; Himalayas) and Little Swift (Indian House Swift) (A. affinis; India S of the Himalayas); ranges abut and may overlap in some places.

  • Plaintive Cuckoo Cacomantis merulinus is now split into Plaintive Cuckoo (C. merulinus; NE India) and Grey-bellied Cuckoo (C. passerinus; rest of the country).

  • Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus is now split into Square-tailed Bulbul (H. ganeesa; W. Ghats) and Himalayan Black Bulbul (H. leucocephalus; Himalayas and NE India).

  • Plain Flowerpecker Dicaeum concolor now split into Nilgiri Flowerpecker (D. concolor; W. Ghats), Plain Flowerpecker (D. minullum; NE India) and Andaman Flowerpecker (D. virescens).

  • Black-headed Munia Lonchura malacca now split into Tricolored Munia (L. malacca; S, C and W India) and Chestnut Munia (L. atricapilla; N, E and NE India)

  • White-throated Fantail Rhipidura albicollis is now split into White-throated Fantail (R. albicollis; N, E & NE India) and Spot-breasted Fantail (White-spotted Fantail) (R. albogularis; C and S India). These two species have a hybridization zone in Odisha.

  • Yellow-cheeked Tit Parus xanthogenys is now split into Black-lored Tit (P. xanthogenys; Himalayas), Indian Tit (Indian Black-lored Tit) (P. aplonotus; peninsular and S India) and Yellow-cheeked Tit (P. spilonotus; NE India).

  • Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch Sitta castanea is now split into Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch (S. cinnamoventris; Himalayas and NE India) and Indian Nuthatch (S. castanea; India S of the Himalayas); range may overlap along the Shivaliks.

  • Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus now split into Orange Minivet (P. flammeus; W. Ghats) and Scarlet Minivet (P. speciosus; N, C and NE India).

  • Common Hill Myna Gracula religiosa now split into Common Hill Myna (G. religiosa; C & NE India) and Southern Hill Myna (G. indica; W. Ghats).

  • Chestnut-tailed Starling Sturnus malabaricus is now split into Chestnut-tailed Starling (Sturnia malabarica; most of India) and Malabar Starling (S. blythii; W. Ghats).

  • Large Woodshrike Tephrodornis gularis is now split into Large Woodshrike (T. gularis; parts of N, E and NE India) and Malabar Woodshrike (T. sylvicola; W. Ghats).

  • Changeable Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus is now split into Crested Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus; peninsular India) and Changeable Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus limnaeetus; N and NE India). Note change in genus name.

  • Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus is now split into Black-capped Bulbul (P. melanicterus; Sri Lanka), Black-crested Bulbul (P. flaviventris; N, C and NE India) and Flame-throated Bulbul (Ruby-throated Bulbul) (P. gularis; W. Ghats).

  • Grey Nightjar Caprimulgus indicus is now split into Grey Nightjar (C. jotaka; N & E India) and Jungle Nightjar (C. indicus; S. India).

  • Pompadour Green Pigeon Treron pompadora now split into Sri Lanka Green-Pigeon (T. pompadora; Sri Lanka), Grey-fronted Green-Pigeon (T. affinis; W and E Ghats), Ashy-headed Green-Pigeon (T. phayrei; part of N and NE India) and Andaman Green-Pigeon (T. chloropterus; Andamans and Nicobars).

  • Crimson-throated Barbet Megalaima rubricapilla now split into Crimson-fronted Barbet (Psilopogon rubricapillus; Sri Lanka) and Malabar Barbet (Crimson-throated Barbet) (Psilopogon malabaricus; W. Ghats). Note change in scientific name of these and all Indian Megalaima barbets to Psilopogon.

  • Isabelline Shrike Lanius isabellinus is now split into Isabelline Shrike (L. isabellinus; wintering in N & NW India) and Red-tailed Shrike (L. phoenicuroides; autumn migrant in W India).

  • Asian Drongo-Cuckoo Surniculus lugubris is now split into Fork-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo (S. dicruroides; widespread across India) and Square-tailed Drongo-Cuckoo (S. lugubris; NE India), although note that the distribution of these taxa is very poorly known.

  • Mountain Hawk-Eagle Spizaetus nipalensis is now split into Mountain Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus nipalensis; N, C and NE India) and Legge’s Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus kelaarti; W Ghats). Note change in genus name.

  • Dark-throated ThrushTurdus ruficollis now split into Red-throated Thrush (T. ruficollis; wintering in Himalayas) and Black-throated Thrush (T. atrogularis; wintering in N and C India).

  • Rufous-headed Parrotbill Paradoxornis ruficeps now split into White-breasted Parrotbill (Psittiparus ruficeps; N of Brahmaputra) and Rufous-headed Parrotbill (Psittiparus bakeri; S of Brahmaputra). Note change in genus name of this and other Paradoxornis.

  • Brown-throated Treecreeper Certhia discolor is now split into Sikkim Treecreeper (Brown-throated Treecreeper) (C. discolor; E Himalayas) and Hume’s Treecreeper (C. manipurensis; S of Brahmaputra).

Full India bird list (excluding rarities)

For your reference, we have collated the names of 1,160 species known to occur in India into an excel file. For each of these species, the eBird default name, the ‘English (India)’ name, the eBird scientific name, and a link to the species map on eBird is given. Also, for each species, the English and scientific names under two other taxonomies is given: the International Ornithological Committee, and BirdLife International. Note that ‘rarities’ are excluded from this list; these are defined as species that are represented by 10 or fewer records from India. Therefore, please do not use this as a comprehensive list of all species recorded in India! Many thanks to Praveen J, R Jayapal, and Aasheesh Pittie for compiling the master list based on which this file was generated.

[Download the India bird list]

Note: another valuable resource for viewing bird lists from various parts of the world, under a taxonomic system of your choice is Avibase.

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Mysore city bird atlas — a pioneering effort!

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Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur) breeding distribution, from the 2008-2011 British Bird Atlas.

When assessing the status and distribution of birds across a given region (eg, a city, district or even an entire country), one very useful approach is to construct a bird atlas. In such an atlas, relevant information (eg species occurrence and abundance, and number of species) is collected in the field, and this information is often represented as a map onto which a regular grid has been overlaid (as shown to the right).

An atlas may use existing information on bird sightings, then overlay a grid, and look at which species were found in which grid cell. This is an excellent start, but one drawback is that grid cells may vary in their coverage, and so one doesn’t know whether regions with a small species list actually contain few species or whether less effort spent birding resulted in fewer species being seen. (Two previous atlases from India are of this nature, see note at bottom.)

But with advance planning, one can lay a grid and fix a birding protocol, and ensure that subsequently all grid cells are visited with equal frequency, and birds looked for in the same way.

To our knowledge there is no such planned and systematic atlas of birds for any region of this country… until now!

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Green Bee-eater occurrence in Feb and June 2014, from the Mysore City Bird Atlas.

Mysore Nature, a group of enthusiastic birders and naturalists, has embarked on a path-breaking project to document the distribution and abundance of birds in and immediately around Mysore city. So far, they have conducted two repetitions of the atlas survey, in Feb and June 2014.

You can see some of the results of their efforts at this page, which describes how the atlas surveys were carried out, and provides interactive maps to explore some of the findings. This is still a work in progress, but Mysore birders have made a tremendous start. Please join us in congratulating them!

Note: Two previous bird atlases from India are the pathbreaking Atlas of the Birds of Delhi and Haryana (2006) by Bill Harvey, Nikhil Devasar and Bikram Grewal; and those included in A Birder’s Handbook to Manipal (2013) by Ramit Singal.

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September eBirders of the month

challenge-logoThe eBirding challenge for September was somewhat unusual. Instead of there being a fixed target of lists or hours of birding, the task for each of us was to upload as many complete lists icon_tooltip as possible during the month. So, how did we do?

September saw a large jump in the number of effort-based, complete lists, of at least 15 min duration. In all, 2,864 such lists were uploaded to eBird from India during the month, almost double the number for the previous month, and higher than any other month in the eBird database excepting Feb 2014 (when the GBBC and associated events created a massive spike — 3,451 such lists).

One important factor contributing to this buzz of activity was the Kerala Onam Bird Count: 1,692 of the September lists were from Kerala — more than half!

In all, 266 birders uploaded 3,153 lists of all types in September, together accounting for 40,525 records.

As described in the announcement for the September challenge, here is a word cloud of all 113 September participants who uploaded at least 5 effort-based, complete lists of 15 min duration or longer. In this picture the font size of each name is proportional to the number of lists contributed. You can click on the picture to see a larger version.

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The individual who uploaded the highest number of lists was Ganeshwar S V, who contributed an amazing 160 eligible lists in September — wonderful work indeed! And although they are not depicted here because they operate a group account, with contributions by multiple birders, we must mention the superb efforts of The Nature Trust, who collectively uploaded 210 eligible lists — we salute their passion and their teamwork for birds!

As described in the earlier announcement, one of the 2,864 eligible lists from September was chosen using a computer-generated random number. The winning list was from 27 Sept, from Kumarakom in Kerala, which was contributed by

Dr George P J

who uploaded 51 lists during the month, and, in birding appreciation, 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.)

As an aside, this same book was the gift for two earlier months, but we have been unable to reach the winners, Sudhakaran KK and Syamili Manoj. If you (the reader) knows either of them, please ask them to write to us at birdcountindia@gmail.com to arrange for the delivery of their gift.

Here is the full list of all 266 contributors from September 2014:

abha manohark, abhijith a.p.c, Abhijith R.S, Abhijith surendran, Abhinand C, Abhirami M Jayakumar, Abhirami-Niranjana C, Able Lawrence,  Aidan & Savio Fonseca, Aishwarya Varadharajan, AIswARya c, AJAYDAS C, Ajit A, AKHIL R NADH, Amal Dev.A.V, Amirtavarshini Devarajan, Amith Kumar, Anagha Bagade, Anamika Menon, anant pande, Andrew Johnson, Aneesh Sasidevan, Anil  Mahajan, Anish Aravind, Anish Mohan Thampi, Anjali J, Anjana Mohandas, ANJANA VIJAYAN, Anjitha Devarajan, ANJU  T JOSHY, anna p a, Anoop CR, Anoop King, anshuman sarkar, Anu Cherian, Arathy S Kumar, Arjun Guneratne, Arjun R, Arnav Anish, Arun Bhaskaran, Arun C.G, arun  lal, Arya Vinod, Ashutosh Singh, athira james, Avadhesh Malik, balakrishnan pakaravoor, Bala S., Bela Arora, Bhagyashree Ingle, Bhakti Salgaonkar, Bhalchandra Pujari, Biju PB, bineesha k, Bird Sonic, chandra shekhar, chithrabhanu pakaravoor, Chris Bowden, CLAREENA JOSE, david stanton, Deepak Sahu, Deepika R, Devi Ambika.S, Devika Sanghamithra, Devika V S, Devipriya K.S, dhanesh  a, Dilip Polpakkara, Divya Mudappa, Dr George P J, Dr. Utkarsh Betodkar, Eveny Luis, Facebook Birders, Fionna Prins, Ganeshwar  S V, Garima Bhatia, gayathri mukundan, Gnanaskandan Kesavabharathi, gopal prasad, Gopika NV, G Parameswaran, hari kumar, HARI MAVELIKARA, harsha nr, Henna. Hashim, Himansh Pahwa, HITHA  P  T, induchoodan sreedharan amalath, Jacob Thomas, Jafer  Palot, Jaichand Johnson, James Williams, jayakrishnan mannar, Jayant  Wadatkar, Jiju VS, jilna joy, Jinesh P S, Jishnu R, jismi m o, joby varghese, jolly kv, J.Thomas Cheruvallil, Jyothi Krishnan, Kaajal Dasgupta, Kartik  Pomal, Kerala Birder, Kim Peacock, kiran more, Krishnadas Mallya, Krishna Girish, krishna vinayan, Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, Lloyd Fernandes, madhushri mudke, Manish  Chinchane, Manish  Kumar, Manju Sinha, Manoj K, Manoj Karingamadathil, MAYA T JOY, Mike Prince, Mohith Shenoy, Monica Kaushik, Mrinmayee Thakur, MUHAMMED NEZEEM V N, Muthu Narayanan, NADHA GAFOOR, Nameer PO, Nandini Sadanandan, Nandkishor Dudhe, Naveenlal P, Naveen  MR, Neeraj Amarnani, Neethu George Thoppan, Neha Waikar, Nikolaj Thomsen, nimitha damodaran, Nisha M, nithin mohan, Omkar Dharwadkar, omkar naik, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, Parvez Kaleem, Patrick Wheeler, Pavan Reddy, Prabhakar Manjunath, Prakash G, Prashant Kumar, Praveen es, Praveen J, Praveen Manivannan, Premchand Reghuvaran, Prem Prakash Garg, Pronoy Baidya, Pushpa C R, radhika renganadh, Raghurama Hegde, Rahul Matmari, RAINOLD LAZAR, Raja Simma Pandiyan, Rajasree Vasudevan , Rajesh  Kalra, rajesh nayak, Rajgopal Patil, Rajiv D’Silva, Rajkumar  K P, RAJU MENON, Raju  Sankaran, Raman Kumar, Ramit Singal, raphy kallettumkara, Raviprakash KB, reeja jose, Remya Mohan, Remya s, renju tr, RESHMA  BHAT, Reuben Johnson, Ribish Thomas, Richa Kolachena, Rohit Chakravarty, Ronit Dutta, Roshnath R, RUGMA RAJEEV, Sachin K Aravind, SACHIN KRISHNA M V, sahana m, Sana M Ali, Sandeep  Das, Sanjay  Karanth, Sanjay Thakur, santhosh kumar, sarayu ramakrishnan, Sashi Kumar, Sastha Prakash, Sathyan Meppayur, Scott Lin, SEDHULAKSHMI K UNNI, Shah Jahan, SHAHNAS K F, Shariq Khan, Shashank Birla, SHESHGIRI BAGDE, shibi moses, Shivaprakash Adavanne, Shivashankar Manjunatha, Shubhadeep  Mukherjee, shweta mukundan, Shwetha Bharathi, shyamkumar puravankara, Siddharth  Hardikar, Sidharth  R Prakash, Simon Tickle, Sivakumar AK, Sivaprasad R, Sivashankar Ramachandran, skanda sn, Sneha G Ajay, Soni Nambiar, Soumya Aon, Sreehari V S, sreenivasan pp, Srikanth Bhat, sruthimol g, Subramanian  Sankar, Subramniam Venkatramani, sudhakaran kk, Suhel Quader, Sumesh  b, Surya Bharanidhara, Susan Sridharan, SYAMILI MANOJ, Syed Muzamil, Taksh Sangwan, Taniya Mallick, Tanya Seshadri, teddy nirappaan, The Bhubaneswar Bird Walks TBBW, TheNatureTrust (GroupAccount), Thomas Job, Thorkild Michaelsen, TKS Thathachari, Troy Blodgett, ts prasanth, vaisakh george, veena babu, VEERBHADRA SINGH, Venkatesh Prasad, Vijayalakshmi Rao, Vijay kumar, vijesh vallikunnu, Vinayan PA, vineetha v.s, Vinoba Anand, VINOD KUMAR P.K., vin shutterbug, Viola Rodrigues, violet v.n, vishnudas ck, vishnu dattan, Vishnupriyan Kartha, Vismaya L, Vivek Puliyeri, Wahiba Humam, Yagnesh Desai, Yogesh Parashar.

Now on to the eBirding Challenge for October: 15 hr, 15 lists!

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