The Big Sit! is an annual, international, noncompetitive (?) birding event hosted by Bird Watcher's Digest and founded by the New Haven (Connecticut) Bird Club. It is usually held one of the two days in the second weekend of October - see our Calendar.

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 is that "sitters" are restricted to tallying only while confined within a space 17 feet in diameter; but Sitters may come and go and the circle need not be occupied for the entire 24 hours.

The QCBC coordinator for the Big Sit is Corey Finger
; for any questions, email Corey at In the past, he has chosen the hawk watch/observation platform at Ft Tilden's Battery Harris East - select this Google maps link for directions.

Bring lawn chairs, bug spray, food, drinks and whatever you need to have a great time.

Message from coordinator Corey Finger

The 9th Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the Battery Harris Platform at Fort Tilden, Queens.

If you want to come this year please keep in mind we’re still in a pandemic and wear a mask and be ready to bird from next to the platform if necessary to keep us from crowding too close together. And, as always, bring snacks, warm drinks, and a willingness to scan the skies and scrub to add one more bird to our day’s checklist.

Over the years we’ve had some pretty amazing species, including Brown Pelican, Black-legged Kittiwake, Dickcissel, Parasitic Jaeger, and a host of others. Our best year was 2018 when we had 91 species though last year’s 82 species was pretty good too! Our cumulative list now totals 124 species, which is a pretty good number considering it’s from one spot.

Some links to descriptions of past years on Corey's blog "10,000 Birds":

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