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August instills an air of expectancy amongst birders. It is usually in this month that the first of the migrants begin to trickle in and many “oohs” and “aahs” follow the sightings of the odd Garganey or Wood Sandpiper. With the rains having been around, the increase in the amount of water and vegetation cover makes for pleasant and increased birding activity across the nation. [Read more…]
You can now view a digital bird guide for any hotspot or region in the world: an Illustrated Checklist. The best part? It’s all using sightings that you contributed! We take the highest-rated photo and sound from the Macaulay Library, combine with eBird data to show seasonal occurrence, and include the last date when a species was seen in that place. The result: a quick overview for the region that gives the most relevant information. Want your photo to be the best image for that region? Add them to your eBird checklists! To check out Illustrated Checklists, search for any region or search for any hotspot. At the top of the species list you’ll see a new tab titled “Illustrated Checklist”. [Read more …]
Half-way through the year, July falls right in the middle of the birding “off-season” with hardly a migrant in sight but birding in this month can prove to be quite fruitful as well. The monsoon capitalises over much of the country at this time of the year and several changes in the birdlife become apparent with it. [Read more…]
June welcomes the annual monsoon and so far, the patterns being observed haven’t disappointed. With resident species busy with nesting activity, and many being seen with fledged chicks – breeding season is in full swing as birds prepare for the abundance of the rainy season.
This is also the season when a number of cuckoos across the country are in business. [Read more…]
May is the time to check if the last of the migrants have left their wintering grounds – such as the Ashy Drongo and Garganey. It is also a good time to start looking for any summer/breeding visitors, such as the Indian Golden Oriole or the Indian Pitta. Even if there are no visitors, it is an excellent time of the […]
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…]
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…]
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…]
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