by Marilyn and Keith Davis

"Find The Vermilion Flycatcher"

Vermilion Flycatcher

         We need some good detectives. We need to find the Vermilion Flycatcher for the St. George Winter Bird Festival. Will you help us? The Vermilion Flycatcher is common along stream sides and near small wooded ponds. With a name like ‘flycatcher’ you know what’s on his daily menu. The Vermilion Flycatcher is the bird everyone from northern Utah wants to find, take pictures of, and put on their bird list. Very few vermilion
                        flycatcherWashington County residents are aware that there is a bright red bird here. It has been here but a short time and we are proud to boast having the Vermilion Flycatcher in Utah’s Dixie. This flycatcher has been seen in various areas of southern Utah, namely at the Red Hills, Bloomington, and Green Springs Golf Courses, at Tonaquint and Cox Parks, at Barnard Seegmiller’s and Grandpa’s Pond, and the St. George Water Treatment Plant. Each year this beautiful red bird finds new areas with new food sources to make an appearance.

If you are interested in joining in the search, the male has a bright red head, throat, and breast with black wings, back, tail, and a black eye stripe. The young males have very little red the first year. The female, like most females, dresses in a camouflaged state of gray/brown head, back, and tail. She has a white eyebrow and white breast with light streaking. Only the belly and tail coverts have a peachy color. Keep in touch with me for more information to help you find the Vermilion Flycatcher.

Brenda Rusnell is the artist of the Vermilion Flycatcher. The public is invited to attend our next Red Cliffs Audubon General Meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 p.m. at the Tonaquint Nature Center. Kevin Wheeler of the Division of Wildlife Resources will present "Winter Bird Identification." For more information about the Vermilion Flycatcher or Chapter activities, call 435 673-0996.

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