I just learned about this event, taking place this Sunday, called The Big Sit. Think of it as the hardcore version of Project Feederwatch. Clear your calendar for Sunday (it should be pretty clear anyway it being Sunday and all), register with the Birder's World website, and check your backyard (or any other small area you like) throughout the day, keeping a running tally of the birds you see.
The name naturally comes from the idea that some people will get a deck chair and sit in their backyards to participate. Not a bad idea, as long as it's sunny.
If I had known about this event in advance, I definitely would have participated. Now that it's eleven at night, the night before the night before, I'm not sure...
(Oh hell, I will join in. Maybe even do another Great Backyard Birdcount-style live-blog. Cause I'm crazy like that.
Besides, how can you NOT join in something called The Big Sit?)
My circle was all like at the Lunes* and at the Ravens and Osprey. Here's hoping the Golden Bird is in that list, though I'm expecting that to be something a bit more rare than anything we saw.
I didn't mention this yesterday, but the instructional Big Sit video is worth a watch:
Note the drunken birdwatching at around the seven minute mark. I am not saying that I condone such behavior, but I am wondering, if you're going to go ahead and birdwatch while intoxicated, why stop at alchohol?
"OMG, I see an Alicanto! Ooh! There's a Rahonavis! Wow! And there's a Zapdos!!! I gotta get a sketch of this!"
* - Check the etymology. Everyone else is doing it wrong.