Global Big Day

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 ( 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!

Georgeson Botanical Garden-11 birds westernmeadowlark
lessergoldfinchgreenback_edited-1 Joshua Tree NP 2.26.10-14 Welsh Visit-12
LoggerheadShrike2 EveningStroll-12 canalwalk-6
Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge-3 Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge-16 Birdies-3

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!)


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