ARTISTS AND BIRDS
by Marilyn and Keith Davis

"Looking For A Super Sleuth"

Vermilion Flycatcher

vermilion flycatcher       A world class detective is needed in Washington County, and you just might be the very person we need! We are looking for ‘the bird most likely’ to draw hundreds of people to our St. George Winter Bird Festival. We need to find the Vermilion Flycatcher! In past years, this elusive character has been seen in several areas. Red Hills Golf Course, Bloomington Golf Course, Waste Water Treatment Plant, Seegmiller Pond, Cox Fields, Washington, Middleton, Santa Clara, Jay William’s back yard, St. George Fields, etc. etc. etc. But this year the bright red flycatcher has evaded our searches. It’s an important part of our Festival. We need more eyes to find this guy. If you see this bird, please call 435 673-0996.

       TIPS: Vermilion Flycatchers prefer open semiarid habitats with brushy growth near riparian areas. They eat small flying insects. Only the male is a bright red color. They sometimes do not look red unless they are in full sunshine. They are attracted to the color red (Christmas decorations). They could be hanging out with other look-alike birds. They do not regularly visit backyards, but will come when there is a water source such as a pond or birdbath. Their song is a rapid “pip-pip-pip-pip.” If you need more tips, call me at 435 673-0996. Remember - we need your help. Play like a ‘super sleuth’. Give me a call!

       Pam Wheeler is the artist for the Vermilion Flycatcher and Patrick Williams' photograph was the inspiration for the drawing. The Winter Bird Festival is January 26, 27, 28, 2012. Mark it on your calendar. Seventeen Presentations and sixteen Field Trips. Everything is FREE, except the Saturday Banquet. Watch for the WBF Schedule so you can attend the things you want to go to. For further information go online to www.redcliffsaudubon.org .

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