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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…]

What’s on in September

September is an exciting month of the year and it usually signals the start of the “birding season” for many as the rains finally begin to retreat and a number of the migrants now start passing through.

Some of the birds that make their way through India at this time of the year are those which are on their way from breeding grounds further north to their wintering grounds in Africa. At this time, birds such as the Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin and Spotted Flycatcher make short stops in the North West parts of the country before continuing with their migration. [Read more…]

2016 taxonomy update for Indian birds

Each year, eBird updates the base eBird/Clements checklist to take into account any changes resulting from newly discovered species or better taxonomic understanding — including species splits, lumps, name changes and changes in sequence. In addition, various new helpful options for data entry for birds that cannot be identified to species are added, e.g. spuhs, slashes, hybrids, and domestic forms.

The 2016 update for the global eBird/Clements checklist is now available, and has been implemented in eBird. A number of these changes impact Indian birds, and these are described here. [Read more..]

What’s on in August

August is an interesting month of the year. While most parts of the country continue to receive heavy rainfall, the amount of water and associated increase in vegetation and prey items stimulates changes in birdlife both locally and in terms of long-distance migration.

August is a good time to look out for some resident birds that are otherwise hard to detect; and for early-returning migrants! [Read more…]

What’s on in July

Although a relatively quiet month in the year for some birders, July can be an exciting time to add to our knowledge of birds. As the rains hit various parts of the country, a number of changes occur in the birdlife of the region as well.

Skulking waterbirds like bitterns and watercock become more visible. Within-country migration means that species like Indian Golden Oriole are seen much more frequently in northern India. And birding through the year has revealed hitherto unsuspected local migration, for example the departure of the supposedly resident Black Drongo from Mysuru district in summer. [Read more…]