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What’s on in April

April signals the start of the hot season and as temperatures soar across the country, the numbers of winter migrants melt away fast. This is a good season to catch some of the passage migrants on their way back, especially in the north and north-west regions, although the birds may only stop over for a short time. But it isn’t quite over yet! [Read more…]

What’s on in March

March is an interesting time of the year. Flowers begin to blossom as spring slowly creeps in to the landscape, and with it brings birdsong and the initiation of breeding activity amongst the resident species. This is also the time when winter migrants begin their long journey back to their breeding grounds. In southern India, several winter visitors are seen for the last time until next winter while in the north, some species (such as the Sulphur-bellied Warbler in Rajasthan) see an increase in numbers on passage as they move further. [Read more…]

What’s on in February

February is usually a happening period that sees a lot of bird and birding activity, and this month promises to be no different. Migrants hang out in large numbers in their wintering grounds while some resident species begin breeding by the end of the month.

February also brings a plethora of birding events, from the global Great Backyard Bird Count, to the nationwide Campus Bird Count and Big Bird Day, and events like the Manipal Bird Day and bird races in Pune, Mumbai and Hyderabad. [Read more…]

eBird Server Maintenance on 11 Jan – website unavailable 1300 to 1730 IST

All of eBird will be unavailable on 11 January between 1300 hrs (1 pm) and 1730 hrs (5.30 pm), due to regularly scheduled server and database maintenance. We have to do this semi-annually to keep everything up to date and offer the best user experience possible. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. During that time, please note down your sightings in a notebook or in the eBird Mobile app for later entry, since you will be unable to enter them here on eBird India. Thank you for your understanding!

What’s on in January

It’s the start of the new year and January is, of course, peak birdwatching season. A number of exciting birds are being seen across the country, such as Amur Falcons in Kerala, Great Bittern near Noida, Red-breasted Merganser in Mumbai, and more.

By now, most migrants should settled into their wintering sites. And while there may not be much to look out for in terms of migratory movements – January also signals the commencement of the breeding season for some of our resident birds. [Read more…]

5 million records from India

eBird went global in 2010, but it was only in beginning 2014 that Indian birders started using it in large numbers — in particular after the Bird Count India partnership was formed and started publicizing the eBird platform.

Since then, eBird in India has grown considerably. Nearly 7,000 birders have uploaded birding sightings from India to eBird. The total number of lists stands at 270,000, with 1,223 species represented. [Read more…]

What’s on in December

With the winter migrants now settled, birders are out and about looking for birds everywhere and the season has thrilled thus far with reports coming in of expected and unexpected species from across the country. Remember to check the bar charts (change location to a State, District or hotspot of your choice) to see what is regular and expected in your region. December is a great month for birdwatchers and a week in to the month, the 3 most active States have already had over 1300 checklists submitted. [Read more…]

What’s on in November

November is the time of the year when (in birding terms) winter truly sets in. Most winter migrants will have arrived by the end of the month and those on passage wouldn’t be seen until spring next year. The chirps of leaf warblers can be heard across the country while the wetlands now play host to varying amounts of waterfowl. This is a wonderful time to be out birding and start exploring to look for the many surprises that this season has in store! [Read more…]

What’s on in October

Juvenile Jungle Prinia

For much of India October is one of the most exciting months – with migrants such as waders and a few passerines starting to arrive in August and through September, it is not until October when numbers and variety truly increase. Not many ducks, apart from mainly small numbers of Garganey and Shoveler, are present […]

eBird Mobile 1.3: breeding and behavior codes

Following the release of the new eBird profile pages, now is the turn for a new version of eBird Mobile.

Our recent monthly “What’s on in…” posts have talked about breeding birds and how to report breeding evidence. The new release of the eBibrd Mobile app (version 1.3) allows one to enter breeding and behaviour codes through the app. This makes it easier to track breeding bird activity and also lets you log ‘flyovers’ (for example, when you see a cormorant flying right over a forest habitat). [Read more…]