The Big Sit! at Commons Ford Park

6:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Big Sit! is an annual, international birding event hosted by Bird Watcher’s Digest and sponsored by Swarovski Optik. It is more informally known as a “tailgate party for birders.” The object is to see how many species we can count in a 17-foot diameter circle within a 24-hour period. This is usually done while sitting, visiting with fellow birders, eating, drinking, and relaxing! It’s a really cool way to see how the bird activity changes throughout the day.

This will be our fourth annual Big Sit! at Commons Ford. Last year’s sit was great fun and we ended with 78 species. Of course we want to beat that number this year! The count will officially start around 6:00 a.m. and will likely end around 5:00 p.m. or so, but feel free to join us at any time during the day. Stay as long as you like. We’ll be sitting near the covered picnic table, near the volleyball court, looking out over the prairie toward the lake. So pack some snacks and drinks, grab your binoculars and a comfortable chair, and join us!

Reserve your spot by registering online or just show up. If you have questions, contact Shelia Hargis at or 512-294-0272, or Deb Wallace at or 512-937-7572.

Register Here

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