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What's on in May

By eBird India May 4, 2018
Black-breasted Parrotbill Paradoxornis flavirostris

The summer truly arrives in May. Birds like the Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Booted Warbler, Western Yellow Wagtail and Eurasian Marsh Harrier that are our ubiquitous companions in winter, will now have almost entirely left for their temperate breeding grounds. If you still see any around, they may be practicing elaborate songs that they use to find mates at their breeding grounds. The last Blyth’s Reed Warblers left southern India by the second week of May last year, and northern India by the third week of May (see a map of the species in May 2017). Will they do the same again? Do keep an eye out for when the last of the migrants depart!

Events and challenges

Although the month of May is hot, devoid of migrants and seemingly uninteresting, it is a period of intense breeding activity for our resident birds, many of which are endemics. Several are still in song while many others are already raising young. On the endemic bird day on 5 May and for this month’s India eBirding challenge, do document the poorly known breeding behaviour and seasonality of our resident birds. You can also take part in the global eBirding challenge by uploading at least three checklists during our endemic bird day on 5 May, which is also Global Big Day.