Mumbai Bird Race 2021
Every morning for the last 13 years or so I’ve woken up to the sound of parrots and sparrows chirping outside my bedroom window but never, not even once have I ever wondered about the other bird species. This year, I was presented with an opportunity to participate in the Mumbai Bird Race - a dawn to dusk bird-watching event where participants (ranging from college students to teachers to people who are passionate about birding, or first-timers like me) try and record as many species of birds as possible in and around the metropolitan region. Each team documents their sightings in a logbook, where they record field observations and submit detailed checklists. Data collected is analyzed by experts to track bird movement and habitat distribution. Teams have the freedom to choose any area they’d like to cover. It’s no “race” as such; but being part of the event is an excitement in itself.
Here are pictures of the other birds we sighted:
CHESTNUT TAILED STARLING