by Marilyn and Keith Davis

"Curious About Birds?"

Bewick's Wren

Bewick's Wren
        Did we have a winter? I know it’s cold enough to wear a warm jacket each time I go outdoors, but looking from my window, I see birds chasing each another on the ground, through the trees, acting like it's spring. My bulbs are popping their green leaves through the soil, and I think I see a tint of green on the bare branches of the willows. Maybe it’s my wishfulness that makes this so. What will happen when we get that next winter storm?

       When I get calls from out-of-state people wanting to know what the weather will be like in St. George for the Winter Bird Festival, I have to tell them . . . “If the weather isn’t good here, its gotta be really bad everywhere else.” Another phrase I use is . . . “The Snowbirds really like spending the winter here.” All this is true!

       Today there are wonderful birds in our area. One is the Bewick’s Wren. This noisy, hyperactive little bird is always a joy to encounter. Look for the bold white eyebrows, a long tail that flips back and forth, and its constant movement scrambling from branches to leaves, looking for insects. The Eastern Bewick’s Wren has had a persistent decline, whereas the Western Bewick’s Wren is on the increase in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. If you are curious about birds in general or how to look for birds, come to the Winter Bird Festival, January 26, 27, 28 - 2012. Two full days of Presentations at the Tonaquint Nature Center, two full days of Field Trips throughout the area, and a Junior Birder Program for kids 8 - 12. All FREE except the food. Pick up a schedule or go online at City of St. George site . If you have questions, call 435 673-0996.

       Judy Warren is the artist for the Bewick’s Wren. It is a pleasure to know artists like Judy, willing to share their talent with us.

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