SHOALS – Saturday, October 9 will be the biggest day for birders this fall. So, wherever you are, plan to join the world of birders as we enjoy birding on October Big Day. 

You can report birds from anywhere in the world, for as long as you wish, within the 24-hour period from midnight to midnight – even 20 minutes or more in your own yard will help. Simply identify and count all 

the birds you see in a location of your choice, and report your list on eBird. You can visit a number of your favorite birding locations if you wish to. It’s fun, it’s an opportunity to join the worldwide birding community, and you will help add to our knowledge about what birds can be found where on a single day during fall migration.

Last year 33,671 birders from more than 170 countries submitted 80,619 checklists during the October Big Day 2020. This added up to an amazing 7,167 species! That included 703 species in the United States and Canada.

Recognizing that the covid pandemic continues to impact our communities, even if your local conditions have improved, eBird organizers encourage everyone to put safety first, follow local guidelines, and enjoy birding in mindful ways.


Get an eBird account: eBird is a worldwide bird checklist program used by millions of birders. It’s what allows us to compile everyone’s sightings into a single massive October Big Day list—while at the same time collecting the data for scientists to use to better understand birds. Sign up here. It’s 100% free.

Watch birds on 9 October. It’s that simple! October Big Day runs from midnight to midnight in your local time zone. You don’t need to be a bird expert, or go out all day long. You can report birds from anywhere in the world—even 10 minutes in your backyard will help.

Enter what you see and hear on eBird. You can enter your sightings via our website or—even easier—download the free eBird Mobile app. The app allows you to keep and submit lists while you’re still out birding, explore nearby Hotspots, and will even track of how far you’ve walked so you can focus on watching birds. Please submit your eBird checklists before October 13 to be included in our initial results announcement.

    During the day keep an eye on how the lists are growing in different parts of the world. Follow along with reports from more than 160 countries. Stats will be updated in real-time on our October Big Day page. 

To get all the information about how to participate in the October Big Day on Saturday October 9, please refer to