Did you know that today (May 5) was (along with Cinco de Mayo and the running of the Kentucky Derby) Global Big Day? Me neither!
In the birding world, a “Big Day” is an attempt to see or hear as many bird species as possible in 24 hours. So a Global Big Day is when “Dedicated bird watchers worldwide …do their part … in parks, forests, backyards, desert scrub, and every habitat imaginable [to see or hear as many bird species as possible in 24 hours]. On that day, participants report their observations to the eBird website (ebird.org) run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.”
As much as I love spotting birds and trying to identify them, I can in no way claim to be a birder. I can’t say I actually participated in this Global Big day, although I did spot a cardinal and a robin. Since it got me thinking about birds in general, I did a quick search through my pictures to see what I could spot there!
Here are some of my favorites!
Well, I enjoyed my little search! It was a little trip down memory lane for me, since those pictures are from Alaska, Vermont, Texas, Maine and California (at least as best as I can recall!)
I did sign up for an eBird account, just in case I actually want to submit any sightings in the future. As of 8:45 this evening, there have been (globally) 5,586 different species reported by 14,910 participants.
Global Big Day. Who knew? (Obviously at least 14,910 did, silly!)