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What’s on in November

Kentish Plover by Albin Jacob/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab (Checklist)

November arrives with the promise of more birds and more birding. Warblers, raptors, waterfowl, and a bunch of passerines have been enthralling birders who’ve been reporting them all over the country. This month is usually the time of the year when Amur Falcons pass by through the mainland, Common Cuckoos tend to be seen in larger numbers in Southern India and Geese begin to arrive in Northern India in large numbers. Will these trends continue this year? Or are there other surprises in store?

Several wintering subspecies augment the populations of our resident species in this season. The lineatus subspecies of the Black Kite, also known as the Black-eared Kite, tend to come down in droves; the Eurasian Hoopoe of the nominate form (told apart by their paler brown colour, white tips to crest) adds to the resident subspecies orientalis. If you’re in the south, observe Brown Shrikes closely for any individuals that may belong to the lucionensis subspecies, also known as Philippine Shrike (told apart by their grey crowns). Do you have Greenish Warblers in your area? Are they the trochiloides subspecies or the viridanus subspecies? Or some other altogether? Could they be Green Warblers? The article below may be useful for those who want to find out.

Identification Articles

Winter can also be a confusing time for many as several species that are now found around us are rather confusing and look similar to their congeners. The following articles may help birders separate one species from another:

a. Green Warblers and Greenish Warblers

b. Telling a pipit apart from a lark

c. Wader Identification 1: Sandpipers and -shanks

d. Wader Identification 2: Stints and small calidris sandpipers

See more here.

eBird Challenges

The Monthly eBirding Challenge continues, and the task for this month is to upload at least 11 lists from each half of the month, with at least 11 lists submitted from a single location. You can also take part in the global eBirder of the Month challenge, which asks you to upload 3 lists on at least one day of the month.