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2015-04-01 · 1:29 PM

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. B. 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. Nair, sreesha kudoor, SRINIVASA Murthy S V, Srinivasa Shenoy, SRI RAMAN, S S Cheema, steffin babu, Stephen Murray, Steven Bonta, Subhasmita Patro, Subin Sudheendran, Subramniam Venkatramani, Suchetana Sen, Sudeshna Dey, Sudhanya Rath, Sudhir Moorti, Sudip Ghosh, Sudipto Roy, sugadev sugathan, Suhel Quader, SUJITRAJ DAS CHOUDHURY, Sukanya Rath, Sumant Rajguru, Sumesh b, Sumin George, Sunil Rajagopal, Suraj Gurung, Surender Verma, Surendhar Boobalan, Suresh Brar, Suresh Rana, suresh sharma, SURU NAIR, Surya Prakash, Susy Varughese, sutirtha lahiri, Swanand Deshpande, Swati Kittur, Swati Sidhu, syed ateeq, Syed Muzamil, Taksh Sangwan, Tanya Seshadri, TARUN K ROY, Tatiana Petrova, Tejaswini Limaye, Terje Gustavsen, TheNatureTrust (GroupAccount), TheNatureWeb.Net Team, Thomas Job, Thorkild Michaelsen, Tiger Club, Tilroy Fernandes, TKS Thathachari, Todd Watkins, tony antony, T R Shankar Raman, ts prasanth, Twisha Sangwan, Udayan Borthakur, Udiyaman Shukla, umar khan, Umesh Mani, Umesh Vaghela, Usha Lachungpa, Ushma Shukla, Uttam Pegu, Vaibhav Lothe, Vaidehi Gunjal, vaisakh george, vanlalhrima vanlalhrima, Varun Kher, vedang saunt, Venkatesh Prasad, Vidhya Sundar, Vignesh Menon, Vijaya Lakshmi, Vijay Anand Ismavel, Vijay kumar, Vijay Kumar, Vinay Chauhan, Vinay Das, Vinay Patel, Vinoba Anand, VINOD KUMAR P.K., Viola Rodrigues, vipin v nath, Vipul Vedi, viral joshi, Virender Sharma, VISANTH V S, Vishal & Sophia D, Vishnupriyan Kartha, Vishnu Thavara, Vish Subramanian, Vishwatej Pawar, Vivek M, Vivek Puliyeri, Vl Hriatzuala Sailo, vrinda lath, Wahiba Humam, Yagnesh Desai, Yashodan Heblekar, Yogesh Parashar, Zenobia Driver, zohmai ralte.

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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Feb 2015 eBirders of the month

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If it’s February, it must be the Great Backyard Bird Count. In recognition of this global birding event the eBirding challenge for the month was to upload at least 20 complete listsicon_tooltip during the four days of the GBBC (ie, 13-16 Feb). Some eBirders scoffed at such an easy target, but during last year’s GBBC only four birders uploaded 20 lists or more, so we thought that it was not so easy after all. Who was proved right? Read on to find out!

Overall, during February, the number of complete, effort-based lists of at least 15 min duration was 9,501. In all, 1,162 birders uploaded 10,442 lists of all types from February, together accounting for over 179,000 observations from India.

Of those birders who uploaded lists during the GBBC,  84 people uploaded 20 or more eligible lists; a huge jump from last year! They are (as always, excluding group accounts):

Abha Manohar K
Abhijith Surendran
Abhirami C
Abhirami M Jayakumar
Andrew Johnson
Anish Aravind
Anjali J
Anoop CR
Arjun R
Arun Jap
Arya MS
Arya Vinod
Ashish Nerlekar
Ashwin Warudkar
Aswathy Chandran
Avishkar Munje
Balakrishnan Pakaravoor
Chithrabhanu Pakaravoor
Devi Ambika.S
Devika Sanghamithra
Devika VS
Devipriya KS
Dhanashri Salunke
Dipak Bowalkar
Dona Jacob
Erle Brito
Ganeshwar SV
Gokul Harikumar
Hari Kumar
Haritha Krishnan
Hrishikesh Choudhury
Jafer Palot
Jaichand Johnson
Jayakrishnan Mannar
Jaydev Mandal
J.Thomas Cheruvallil
Jyothi Krishnan
Karan Tambe
Kedar Champhekar
Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi
Lloyd Fernandes
Manoj Karingamadathil
MD Madhusudan
Nameer PO
Niranjana C
Nithin Mohan
Nithish Kumar
Panchapakesan Jeganathan
Prajeesh P
Pranjal Mahananda
Premchand Reghuvaran
Purabi Deshpande
Rajgopal Patil
Raman Kumar
Ramit Singal
Raphy Kallettumkara
Reena Sunil
Rekha Nair
Renju TR
Ronit Dutta
Sajin Seethi
Sajith Mannar
Santharam V
Sathya Chandra Sagar H.S
Selvi Duraibalan
Shah Nawaz Jelil
Shah Sofiullah Mahmud Hussain
Shameena S
Sheeba Nanjan
Somoyita Sur
Sreekumar E R
Steffin Babu
Sumesh B
Surendhar Boobalan
Susy Varughese
Syam Babu
Syamili Manoj
Tanuja Dasharath Haunsbhavi
T R Shankar Raman
Vidhya Sundar
Vinod Bhagwat
Vinod Kumar PK
Vipin V Nath
Vivek Puliyeri

Many congratulations to all of them!

One of these 84 was chosen using a computer-generated random number to receive a small gift, and that person is

Vinod Kumar PK

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 1,162 eBirders from February 2015:

Aahanaa The Corbett wilderness, Aakash Upadhyay, Abdul Khan, abha manohark, abhijith a.p.c, Abhijith R.S, Abhijith sudarshan, Abhijith surendran, ABHIJIT NAMA, Abhilash Peter, Abhinand C, Abhirami C, Abhirami M Jayakumar, ABHIRAMI S, Abhiram V Rajandekar, ABIN ASWIN, Able Lawrence, Aby Crusha, Adithi Muralidhar, Adithyan thampi, Adithya Rathnakar, Adithy NLN, Aditi Deodhar, Aditi Surendra, Adolfo Castellino, ahil rishi rajasekaran, Aidan & Savio Fonseca, Aisha Sultana, Aishwarya nath, Ajay Kulangara, ajay neelamperoor, Ajish George, Ajit A, AJU RAJU, Akhil Bhardwaj, Akshay Bagkar, Akshay Onkar, Akshay Surendra, Al badush, Albin Jacob, Alkesh Thakare, Als Chn, Amal Dev.A.V, Amal. p ravindran, ambika nandini, AMBIKA NANOTH, Ameena Bhatia, Amil Prasad, ami prabal, amir sohail choudhury, Amith Kumar, Amit Kumar, Amol Bapat, Amol Lopes, amol mande, Amrita Menon, amrutha lakshmi, Amudha Hariharan, Anagha Bagade, anandha primary school, Anand Pendharkar, Anand Radhakrishnan, ANAND S, Anand Sundaram, Anant Deshwal, Anantha Krishnan.K, Anbazhagan P, Andrew Johnson, Aneesh Sasidevan, ANEESH SREEKUMAR, Anil Gulati, Anil Mahajan, Anil Sarsavan, Aniruddh Naik, anisha jayadevan, Anish Aravind, Anish Mohan Thampi, Anjali J, anjana hari, ANJANA VIJAYAN, Anjitha Devarajan, Anju Balakrishnan, ankita bhattacharya, Ankit Vikrant, Ankur Shringi, Annie Joseph, Anoop CR, Anoop N R, Anoop palode SS, anshuman sarkar, anuj raina, Anuj Saikia, Anula Amalraj, Anupam Roy, Anuradha Krishnan, anurag khaitan, Anu Rose Danial, Anushreedha Sivanandan, ANUSREE ASHOK, Anu Vk, Anvith KS, Aparajita Datta, Appavu Pavendhan, A R, Arathy S Kumar, aravinda hr, Aravind AM, Archana Radhakrishnan, Ardra B, Arjun Guneratne, Arjun P A, Arjun R, arjun suresh, Arnav Anish, Arnold Goveas, Arpit Deomurari, Arti Sood, Arun Ajayakumar, Arun Bhaskaran, Arun C.G, Arun Jap, Arun kumar, arun lal, Arunprasad Dhanapal, ARUNSANKAR N, Arun Simha, Arun Venkataramanan, Arvind Patole, ARYAKUMARAN M, ARYA M.S, ARYA SASI, Arya Vinod, Ashish Gupta, Ashish Kothari, Ashish Nerlekar, ASHISHY JOSHI, ashok raj v m, Ashritha Anoop, Ashutosh Singh, ashwin garg, Ashwini Kumar Bhat, Ashwin Warudkar, Asiem Sanyal, ASWATHI K, Aswathy chandran, Aswathy M Kurup, Athira A. S. Adoor, athira james, Athira K Nair, Athulya Gireesh, Atul Trivedi, Avadhesh Malik, Avinandan D, AVINASH BHAGAT, Avishkar Munje, BABUL ISLAM, baby shalini, Badri Narayanan Thiagarajan, Balachandran Radhakrishnan, Balaji B, Balaji S, balakrishnan pakaravoor, Balwant Negi, Bela Arora, Bency Benny, Benedict Dutemple, betsy selvakumar, Bhagirath Dave, BHAGYA R, Bhagyashree Ingle, Bhagyashri Patwardhan, Bhakti Salgaonkar, Bhalchandra Pujari, Bharti DK, Bharti Malvi, Bhaskar Chavan, Bhaskar Murthy, BHAVIK PARIKH, Bheemaneni Bhanu Prakash, Bhim Biswa, Bhuvaneswari J, Bias Chakraborty, bijumon ke, Biju PB, biju shekar, BINA MENON, BINU SREELAKAM, Blessy Babu, Brajesh Sayem, Brindha Velusamy, Byron Dias, Castro Karthi, Chandrasekaran Venkatraman, chandra sekhar, Chandrashekar Sundaram, Chandri N C, Chandru M, chetan harikishandas joshi, Chetan Rao, Chethan GS, Chetna Sharma, Chinmay Rahane, Chippy Vijay, Chirdeep Shetty, chithrabhanu pakaravoor, Chithra viswanathan, Chowgule Birders, Chris 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Are you doing your best to match the target for March? And don’t forget the several flavours of yearlong challenges for 2015!

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March 2015 eBirding Challenge: 25 days of birding

challenge-logo-2015February saw a huge leap in activity on eBird because of the Great Backyard Bird Count (13-16 Feb). The Challenge for February was directly about this event, and was to contribute at least 2o complete lists during the four days of the GBBC.

In complete contrast to the GBBC’s intense birding over a short duration, the challenge for March is to spread out your birding across the month. Many of us look for birds only during weekends, when we go someplace special, like a local lake or forest. But we would like to encourage the idea of birding being an ‘always on‘ activity. That is, you can look for (and note down) birds at all times and places. Why not do a birdlist from your balcony, or at your office, school or college? While waiting for the bus or train? Just anywhere?

The reason we suggest this is primarily that it’s fun! Having your eyes and (importantly) your ears always alert for the sight or sound of a bird makes life that much more enjoyable. And more challenging — for example, can you tell your species of bulbuls, sunbirds, and crows apart just by sound? Apart from the personal enjoyment, if lists are contributed from all manner of places and times, this enables comparisons that otherwise might not be possible. What is the birdlife of urban residential areas? What species can make a living in urban parks, but disappear where there is no green cover?

For these reasons, the eBirding Challenge for March is to distribute your birding over the month. The challenge is to upload at least one list for each of at least 25 days in March. In other words, list birds on nearly every day of the month! As in earlier monthly challenges, each list should be an effort-based, complete list, of at least 15 min durationicon_tooltip.

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