by Marilyn and Keith Davis

"Eggs And Ravens"

        Common Raven When I was a kid, and growing up in St. George, we looked forward each year to our cousins coming out of the cold country, down to the warm country, in search of green grass for an Easter Picnic. Sometimes we had to go all the way to Beaver Dam, Arizona. The color green was a true indication that spring was here, or on its way. When we finally found just the right spot, with enough green, we would all get out of our vehicles, spread the table cloths and blankets, and bring out the food.

        Picnics were fun. Finding the right hard boiled egg our Moms cooked for the picnic was even more fun, because if a kid found a really tough egg, he could win the “Cracking Eggs Contest.” You must hold the egg with either end sticking out and hit your opponent’s egg as hard as possible. If his egg cracks, you win, and then get to go to the next kid’s egg. But, if it doesn’t crack . . . it’s his turn to hit your egg with his egg. Finding the right egg is so important.

        Well, it’s spring here in Dixie. Easter picnics have passed, but there is still someone out there trying to find eggs. This time the eggs are in a bird's nest. If you hear a cr-r-raw, cr-r-raw, cr-r-raw . . . Look up. I did, and found a big black Raven flying from tree to tree. This Raven had a reason to go from tree to tree. He was looking for unprotected bird eggs or baby chicks for lunch. Mother birds are excellent defenders, and when the male factor is added to the equation, Mr. Raven had better get out of the area. If you see one large bird being chased or bombarded by smaller birds you will know that the large fella was up to no good and deserved what he got.

        Good or bad, birds have to find food. There are no grocery stores with “Free Food.” Ravens are very intelligent birds. They are able to communicate with humans and their numbers grow in spite of the odds against them. For an interesting video about Ravens, go to song bird vs raven - youtube . Brenda Rusnell is the artist of the Common Raven. What an intelligent, magnificent, beauty the Common Raven is.

        Call 435 673-0996 for information about birds, or the Red Cliffs Audubon General Meeting  held the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00, Tonaquint Nature Center. Information on meetings and field trips can also be found here. Public is welcome.

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