ARTISTS AND BIRDS
by Marilyn and Keith Davis
"Thunderstorms and Scrambled Eggs"
After nearly three months, the drought finally ended in southern Utah. Yehhhhh! There we were, rainwater sheeting off our roof, wind swirling around our house, and the tall trees swaying one way and then another. We went into the garage and raised the doors to look out at the downpour, watch the lightning flash in the sky, and hear the thunder roll. In just a few minutes the driveway, ditches, and road out front were washed clean, and the temperature had dropped about twenty degrees. Our bone-dry lawn, garden, and pasture were literally soaking up the water like a sponge. The storm was so heavy and the wind so strong that the electricity kept flicking off, on, off, on, off, on. This was a day to be thankful for the safety of a modern day home, which was almost immune from the outside weather.
During a break in the storm we went outside to smell the air and to check the garden to see how it had fared. The tomato plants looked fine, but next to the garden, under a large tree, we found several bird eggs that were blown from a nest. Many bird species build elaborate, stormproof nests. Other bird species act like there are no building codes and put up extremely flimsy nests. Well, if they are lousy builders, they better have multiple hatches to make sure their specie survives when it storms. Take a walk around your yard, on a trail, or in a park. See what the summer thunderstorms brought to your area. Hopefully it won't be scrambled eggs.
Keith Davis is the artist. If you want to talk thunderstorm, birds, eggs, or the monthly Red Cliffs Audubon activities, call 435 673-0996. The public is always invited. If you wish to read more of the Artists and Birds articles, they are listed below.
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