While so much snow has fallen lately, the warmth of the sun has encouraged the meadow birds to keep pushing toward springtime.
The Mountain Bluebirds have formed pairs who stay close to each other almost all the time.
They are starting on their nests mostly inside boxes although some use tree cavities.
When one of the pair leaves briefly, he never goes far. This guy had his eye on his mate near the nest box.
He returned to the nest box with nest material, and she landed on his back, much to my surprise!
I adore these meadows. Often, the sun rises gorgeously over them. It did just that the other morning. I have a short video of the sunrise shot from the sky if you want a zen moment.