Looking for something to do a week from today...Sunday? How about some leisure birding at a Big Sit?
What is a "Big Sit" you ask?
Well a Big Sit is similar to the birding event called a "Big Day", in both events participants try to count as many species as possible, the difference is that in a Big Day you travel all over a geographical area whereas during a Big Sit you sit (or stand) in one location (a 17-foot diameter "circle") and count as many species seen or heard as possible in the course of the day. This is a worldwide event and as of this posting there are already over 100 Big Sit "circles" registered for this year's event!
The Denver Field Ornithologists and Colorado Parks & Wildlife will once again sponsor and I will host "The Big Sit!" at Chatfield State Park next Sunday, October 14th. This will be the 15th year for this fun and frivolous event. It is open to the public and EVERYONE is welcome! It will be held from dawn to
dusk, come for an hour or stay all day, whatever works for your schedule. In addition to a day list we will perform hourly counts so that every hour there are "new" birds to be added to the hour's count.
"The Big Sit!" at Chatfield will be located at the Heronry Overlook on the east side of the reservoir. NOTE: ENTRY TO THE PARK FOR THIS EVENT IS ONLY FROM THE SOUTH, THE WEST ENTRANCE TO CHATFIELD WILL NOT GET YOU THERE AS THE PLATTE RIVER BRIDGE IS OUT. Just follow the signs from the south entrance.
Bring your own chair or use the bench seating provided by the heronry overlook deck. Bring binoculars, spotting scope (if you have), food, water, treats to share or whatever you need to spend time birding! Colorado Parks & Wildlife will be providing a canopy for shade from the sun,
or shelter from rain. So far, this year's weather looks to be perfect...for once!
If you cannot attend "The Big Sit!" at Chatfield create your own! The details and rules can be found at: