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Team Information: DudleyDowright
Participants: Helen, Bill, Darryl, Lawrene, Anne, Barb, Dave, Lynn, Neal, Miles, Moon and Flag.
Weather: Brisk! Rain late Saturday evening.
Location: The usual Grateful Dog Groves in east Dayton, Ohio
Time At Location: 24 hours
Our theme was Brisk Bird Brisket this year. Bill roasted a 10-pound grass-fed beef brisket overnight Friday. The group ate almost non-stop this year, due to the above-mentioned briskness. We saw not one warbler, not even the cold-tolerant yellow rumped. The 30-degree drop in temperature two days before the sit made insects sparse, but our Philadelphia and blue-headed vireos found what they needed.
This year's sit featured dogs! Everyone brought theirs. It was pandemonium. Very little sleep was accomplished Friday night, which made for some sleepy birding Saturday. Also, spectacular spills. A tall bloody Mary involving a taller celery stalk, then a jar of peanut butter involving an electric mixer and most tragically a black lab in the pond. But saved by an ever alert Darryl, Flag suffered no long term effects from the dunking. In what will go down in local parlance as "The Screen Door Incident," Moon the bred-for-intensity German Shepherd decided a screen is hardly an impediment and jammed his giant head through it; Miles, impressed, jumped on through, then Moon tried to follow, only to realize he would wear the screen door rather than pass through it. The clang of wind chimes and scrabble of claws and creak of hinges subsided with the door still remarkably in its frame. Best Prize this year was a chirping wine pourer, The Chirpy Top.