National Bird Day 2019

It’s #NationalBirdDay today according to the TwitterSphere. Spare a thought for our feathered friends.  Aldbourne Archive sends greetings to Dabchicks everywhere (and ‘Bobchicks’!).

bobchick 3 june 1920 sorley wilts gazette

From the cuttings books in the library at Wiltshire Museum, Devizes

National Bird Day was first marked on 5 January 2008 in America.  Interesting snippet of history, the inspiration appears to have been a Mr Babcock …

History of Bird Day

Back in 1894, Charles Almanzo Babcock, the superintendent of schools in Oil City, Pennsylvania, declared the first holiday in the United States to celebrate birds. Babcock wanted to advance bird conservation as a moral value and it seems that his holiday caught on. Babcock’s Bird Day is actually what is now known as International Migratory Bird Day, though it isn’t actually related to Bird Day in terms of history. Bird Day marked the end of the annual Christmas Bird Count in the mid-21st century.


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