The 'Big Sit!' 2017 bird-watching is set for Oct. 8 at the Plaquemine Lock

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

Birdwatchers will spend the day on the Mississippi River levee at the Plaquemine Lock State Commemorative Area trying to see as many species of birds as possible from a 17-foot circle as part of the Birdwatchers Digest's annual "Big Sit!"

Some people have called the Big Sit!! a "taligate party for birders." There are Big Sit! circles all over the world, including Guatemala, India, The Netherlands, England, Vietnam and New Zealand.

Last year the circle at the Plaquemine Lock was occupied from sunrise to sunset with birders from the Baton Rouge Audubon Society and the Friends of Plaquemine State Historic Site. 

Observers may be able to identify 46 different species of birds, ranging from ruby-throated hummingbirds to bald eagles. The big surprise of the day at last year's Big Sit! was a scissor-tailed flycatcher.