These two were nearby too. Every year, the Mountain Bluebirds claim the nest holes in the towering aspen trees very early in the spring.
Then, the tree swallows arrive and kick out the bluebirds. The bluebirds stay in the meadow but in less popular nest holes. This swallow is already eyeing the most sought after nest hole in a big aspen. It is the first one to be claimed, year after year.
While the mountain meadows are filled with spring birds, the deep forests still have deep snow. Bear sows with new cubs are definitely still in their dens. The cubs are starting to find their walking and climbing legs. They need to do lots of practicing of clambering and climbing around the forest before they can leave the den with their mom in May. Four years ago, it was such a blast to watch the cubs emerge around now.
If you have time, check out video. These are my favorite videos from my trail cams. I hope that they make you smile!