In the meadows, the mountain bluebirds are industriously working on nests inside of tree cavities. The couples hang out in close proximity to each other.
The nest building duties seem to fall to the female. She busily flies back and forth, collecting nest materials as her mate looks on. She is a gorgeous bird!
In contrast to the meadows where spring is in full swing, the forests are barely waking up. In the midst of towering pines, the snow melted only about a week ago. Snow drifts linger in the midst of the matted down ground that has just been uncovered. In one such place, I had a trail camera all winter long. I recently visited it to see what animals had passed it over the winter. I was quite amazed by the variety of animals from huge mammals to small birds. It was an active place!
Check out the short video if you have time. And don't be startled - there is a surprise moment in it!