Grab your binoculars, look for birds

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – Bring your binoculars to help the Island team call out as many birds and help win the state Big Sit competition.

Everyone is invited to experience the 20th annual Great Texas Birding Classic Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau boardwalk and gardens.

“It’s quite entertaining seeing all these people in a circle trying to find as many birds as they can without leaving the circle,” said Scarlet Colley, a member of the Big Sit team. “Plus the gardens are a magical place; it’s full of butterflies and colorful birds.”

The Big Sit is often called a “tailgate party for birders.”

Big Sit teams have organized on the Island in the past, but this is the first time the Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is sponsoring a team.

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If you go

Join us for a day of birding for The Great Texas Birding Classic Big Sit, a statewide bird-watching competition on the Island from 10 to 4 p.m.

Who: Bird experts, beginners, or enthusiasts — all skill levels, interest levels, and ages are welcomed.

Where: South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Boardwalk.

What to bring: Bring a lawn chair, binoculars, and any snacks or drinks for yourself or to share.

Cost: This event is free with park entrance fee. No need to register just show up.