Here in the mountains, it feels as if spring explodes all at once. After having 3' of snow piled on our deck a few weeks ago, I am now spending almost every daylight moment outdoors, enjoying the warm air and sunshine. I start with breakfast on the deck, which both dogs adore. They find the warmest sun puddles and bask while I have breakfast.
Meanwhile, I watch our Cordillaren Flycatcher pair work on building their nest. We made a "nest tray" for them under our deck years ago. Every year, a pair stakes out the tray as their own and starts building the nest about now. I'm not sure what building material this flycatcher has on his beak. He was waiting for me to look away from him so that he could "sneak" under the deck.
The hummingbirds buzz around the feeder on the deck, making me smile with delight. They battle for supremacy over the feeder, not understanding that I'll always refill it. There's an unlimited supply of sugar water. This one was doing a crazy maneuver to chase off another male before landing on the feeder.
After that, we usually head out for a mountain bike ride. More flowers are blooming with each passing day. Look at that smile! I was smiling too!
Yellow is the dominant flower color at this time of year.
To fill out my day outdoors, I spent time on the deck working on my computer, I did nosework with Shyla, I worked a little on my veggie gardens, and we finally went for an evening walk. One highlight of the day was when a wild turkey landed on the deck railing! She took off right away upon seeing me. This photo was after she landed a short distance away.