ARTISTS AND BIRDS
by Marilyn and Keith Davis
"Free Symphonies This Spring"
Birds from Young Artists
Some people will pay big bucks to go hear a symphony. For the price of a tank full of gas, you can sit comfortably, in your own car and hear the Costco Grackles perform. The serenade begins around 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily in the greenery around the gas station and the parking lot. The feathered performers will tell you that any donations are welcome (wheat breads, grain, fruit or even left over hot dog buns and pizza crusts).
Another symphony is probably going on right outside your home, if you have trees and shrubbery in your yard. This symphony will be performed by a mixed group of Finches, Phoebes, Warblers, and Sparrows. The home performance starts much earlier . . . somewhere around dawn and sunrise. The music may diminish gradually at midday, and then begin again as the sun sinks in the west. Male soloists, still single, will use this time to attract and win approval of females in the area. You can always add another bird feeder to your outdoor yard for a greater variety of music. With one more feeder, your visitors are sure to put the word out that . . . This Is The Place . . . for dinner and song.
Other symphonies can be heard high in the sky from migrating waterfowl heading north, even in the dark. Flying troubadours sing out to encourage the flocks to take heart, keep up and make their way to new feeding grounds far away from what was home.
Yes, there is music all around us if we are listening. But there is just one rule to follow . . . ‘you gotta look and listen to find the good things’ . . . and when you do, they’ll be right under your nose.
Tyler Jessop, Keith Clone, Jason Weiss and Jara Galvin are the artists this week. These and other Young Artists pictures can accessed from our home page . For more information about birds or Red Cliffs Audubon activities call 435 673-0996.
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