Friday, October 10, 2008

Preparing to Sit

Big Sitters in action last year in the Indigo Hill birding tower.

I still have a long list of things to do before starting up the Indigo Hill Big Sit at 12:00:01 am on Sunday morning. Some of the highlights from this To-do List are:

  • put more rotten meat on the meat pile in the meadow
  • make brownies
  • make chili
  • buy Beano
  • ice down the beverages
  • grind the coffee beans
  • find my longjohns
  • find the intercom units
  • make a sign for parking
  • find a Sharpie marker for people to sign the tower (don't ask)
  • remove the wasp nests from the tower cabinets
  • hide the cookies from Jim McCormac
  • wash the spiders out of the coolers
  • fill the bird feeders
  • scatter seed under the pines
  • find my playlist of nocturnal flight calls
  • get some sleep early Saturday night
The next post here will probably be my first one during the Sit, in the wee small hours of Sunday morning, October 12. If you're interested, I'll be posting updates throughout the day on Sunday.

Keep your fingers crossed for enough birds to get us past the all-time high Indigo Hill Big Sit record of 65 species.

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At 3:18 PM, Anonymous Mike said...

Fingers crossed. Have fun!

At 3:27 PM, Anonymous Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Good Luck and have fun.Hope the birds far surpass your expectations.

At 5:53 PM, Anonymous T.R. said...

I will be rooting you on from Albania. A Big Sit here would be fantastic as the bird life is prolific. It seems a largely undiscovered birding paradise. Wish I was here as a birder! Good counting.

At 7:08 PM, Anonymous KatDoc said...

I am so, so jealous. Please post updates often, so I can live vicariously.

Also, please don't mix up the meat for the rotted meat pile with the meat for the chili. Or else, get Jimmy Mac to taste-test the chili first.

Here's hoping you break your record!


At 7:51 PM, Anonymous NCmountainwoman said...

Fingers crossed here. And totally green with envy. How better to get away from all the stuff that's going on?

Hope it's the best ever! I'll drink an extra glass of wine to honor the Big Sit. But no Cheetos, thanks.

At 12:19 AM, Anonymous Bill of the Birds said...

Thanks for all the good wishes everybody. I'm looking forward to a big day!

At 11:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, hey, what's this "hide the cookies from Jim McCormac" biz?! Who finds all the birds on these big sits?! And you want to remove the reward system? Dude!

Oscar the Cookie Monster

At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Janet Creamer said...

I heard the what "Oscar" really likes is a big, leafy, green salad.
And definitely don't give him any cookies if he plays with his new toy too much,taking pictures of bugs, and not birding. Hope you all break your record. Good luck!

At 9:40 PM, Anonymous RuthieJ said...

Good luck & Good Birds!


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