After the Festival was over. After the crowd had gone. The Davis’s went out, still looking, for missed treasures hidden all week long. One was the Vermilion Flycatcher. It’s a 'main attraction’, and people come from all over just to see it. Well, would you believe - we never found a Vermilion Flycatcher until this morning! So if anyone out there wants to see one, give me a call and I will give you details.
The Winter Bird Festival has passed, but the birds are still here. Some birds are still coming, or passing over, like flocks of Snow Geese, on their way to the Snow Goose Festival in Delta, Utah. Lytle Ranch was closed because of the damage from the raging Beaver Dam Wash flood. People were disappointed not going to Lytle, but alternative trips were given and the people all had smiles on their faces. Presentations given at the Tonaquint Nature Center were superb. Jen Hajj, Hawkwatch International, brought excitement to the Festival with her live raptor presentations. Kid activities were great. Kids took home bird houses, feeders, and a knowledge of bird life‘ in southern Utah. So parents, if you have questions about birds, just ask the kids.
Yes, birds are still here enjoying our mild winter days. Take the time to bundle up, and go outdoors to find some of those feathery treasures. St. George has to be one of the best places in the west to spend the winter.
Brenda Rusnell is the artist for the Vermilion Flycatcher. Once you see this bright red bird, you'll be 'hooked'. For more information about Festival, birds, or Red Cliffs Audubon activities, call 435 673-0996.