A reminder — Tuesday, Oct. 21:
Fun guy in the forest — Naturalist Steve McKee will serve as guest speaker for a GMAS-sponsored presentation entitled Fungi in the Forest at 6:30 p.m. October 21 at the Ashland Public Library. (In this photo, Steve points out coral mushrooms found in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada.)
Updated Oct. 13 – GMAS VP Gary Cowell submitted a count from the Oct. 12 Big Sit:
Charles Mill Lake Park (near the swimming beach) Oct 12, 2014 7:25 AM - 4:25 PM Participants 17 43 species (89 species total all 10 years) 1st bird : Am.Crow 7:25am Last bird : Black Vulture 3:58pm
Canada Goose 50 Ruddy Duck 7--new sit bird Pied-billed Grebe 1 Double-crested Cormorant 200 Great Blue Heron 2 Black Vulture 3 Turkey Vulture 100 Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Cooper's Hawk 5 Bald Eagle 3 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Red-tailed Hawk 10 Sandhill Crane X heard calling at 7:45am--new sit bird Bonaparte's Gull 1 Ring-billed Gull 50 Herring Gull 7 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 1 Chimney Swift 5 Belted Kingfisher 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 Downy Woodpecker 1 Hairy Woodpecker 1 Northern Flicker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Blue Jay 5 American Crow 5 Carolina Chickadee 2 Tufted Titmouse 2 White-breasted Nuthatch 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Eastern Bluebird 1 American Robin 1 European Starling X Blackpoll Warbler 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler 20 Red-winged Blackbird 50 Common Grackle 300 House Finch 1 Pine Siskin 2--new sit bird American Goldfinch 1 House Sparrow 1 ... See MoreSee Less
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So, what is The Big Sit anyway? Here's an explanation from Bird Watcher's Digest:
(For info on the GMAS Sunday, Oct. 12 sit at Charles Mill Lake Park, see the previous post)
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.