[Tweeters] Big Sit help needed

n3zims at comcast.net n3zims at comcast.net
Wed Sep 18 11:13:20 PDT 2019

Hello Tweeters,

I have been doing the Big Sit for about ten years. This year it falls on the weekend of Oct 12-13. My friends who help form the core of our team will not be here this year. Our spot is on the South Bluff of Discovery Park in Seattle. The last two years, we have had 56 species, which is our record. The combination of salt water, woods and meadows give us a great mix of birds. I am looking for people to stop by and help out. It can be all day 7-4 or just for a couple of hours. We some times call it the Big Snack because that is what we do pretty much all day while scanning for birds.

What is a Big Sit? Here is part of the description from Bird Watcher's Digest.

The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. Every year, bird watchers from around the globe unite on this special day by participating in this free event, open to any person and club in any country! The Big Sit! is sponsored by Swarovski Optik.

The Big Sit! is like a Big Day or a bird-a-thon in that the object is to tally as many bird species as can be seen or heard within 24 hours. The difference lies in the area limitation from which you may observe.

Some people have called it a “tailgate party for birders.” Find a good spot for bird watching—preferably one with good views of a variety of habitats and lots of birds. Next, create a real or imaginary circle 17 feet in diameter and sit inside the circle for 24 hours, counting all the bird species you see or hear. That’s it. Find a spot, sit in it, have fun. Then submit your findings.

Participants are allowed to come and go from the circle—especially for the purpose of bringing food back into the circle—and the circle need not be be occupied for the entire 24 hours.

There are Big Sit! circles all over the world, including Guatemala, India, the Netherlands, England, Vietnam, and New Zealand.

Let me know if you would like to stop by and help beat the record from the last two years. We usually shoot for the Saturday date but if the weather is better on Sunday, we have changed the date before for better birding.

Neil Zimmerman

Brier, WA
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