We’re past the midway mark on the annual calendar and amidst one of the most awaited events of the year – the annual monsoon. Have you experienced the monsoon showers in your part of the country yet? If you haven’t, perhaps the sighting of a Pied Cuckoo in the vicinity will act as a sign of impending rains!
But the Pied Cuckoos aren’t the only birds which signal the rains. A quick visit to a marshy wetland near you may prove to be quite fruitful at this time of the year! All the three species of bitterns are sighted more often in this season than in any other. They are joined by birds such as the Greater Painted-Snipe and the Watercock. If you’re in Goa, then this is the right season to find the endemic Vigors’s Sunbird in your garden or local park. And of course, this is the time of the year when heronries come alive with egrets, herons, cormorants, storks and other wetland species that capitalise upon the increase in food availability to raise their young.
Events and Challenges
A lot does happen in July – and one of the best ways of finding out how the birdlife around us is changing is by birding more often! The monthly eBirding Challenge is fairly simple and asks you to do just that, i.e., upload 31 lists during this month. The global eBird of the Month Challenge is not much different and the winner for that will be drawn from whoever uploads at least 31 lists this July.