Whats on in July

By eBird India June 29, 2020
Cinereous Tit Parus cinereus

Half-way through the year, July falls right in the middle of the birding “off-season” with hardly a migrant in sight. With several states still under travel restrictions, birders may not be able to venture out much. But thankfully, birds are everywhere and you don’t have to go too far! Look out of your window and you are most likely to see a bird preening or foraging. A small shower followed by sunshine and you can see them taking a bath. If you are an early riser you may hear the songs of Asian Koel or the Oriental Magpie Robin.

eBird Media

Do consider adding media (photos and audio recordings) from your archives to your eBird checklists. So far, more than 7 lakh media has been uploaded on eBird/ Macaulay Library from India!

eBird Mobile Explore -New way of exploring hotspots near you

The eBird Mobile Explore feature was introduced in June 2020. This is an interesting way to find out what hotspots are closer to you or those that you haven’t visited recently. To know more about this feature, see here 

Here is a quick video on eBird Mobile Explore from Macaulay Library on Vimeo.

Update on ‘My eBird’ pages

With the new update on ‘My eBird’ page, you can easily summarise your bird observations and organise your checklists,  locations. Under ‘My eBird’ click on the Life List to see the when and where was your sighting of that species. You can also filter your list for a  specific location or a time period. See here to know more.

Bird Webinars

The lockdown has spawned a large number of excellent webinars. Take a look at this list of bird-related webinars, put together by Early-Bird

Early Bird is organising an online fun bird quiz on 5 July 2020, from 11 am -12:30 pm.

This quiz is the perfect way to test your knowledge about birds and get to know them better! Suitable for kids (preferably 12 to 18 years old). : https://bit.ly/wise-quacker. Once you register, you will be sent a mail with the joining link. Suitable for 12-18-year-old kids. Please refrain from registering if you are older!

Events and Challenges
This month’s eBirding Challenge involves uploading at least one checklist a day: at least 15 min, complete, with no ‘X’s. Please see here to know more about the monthly challenge. The yearlong eBirding challenges for 2020 can be seen here. The results for the Lockdown Challenge are also available.