Being a relatively early riser, I took Gillis for a walk up the road this morning while Mike slept. Up by the old Inman farm I saw a female mountain bluebird flitting between fenceposts, and two as yet unidentified shorebirds who seem to have no business living at 3500+ feet with no body of water in sight.
When we got well past the second cattle guard, Gillis suddenly stopped, became very alert, and let out a very soft "woof". About 50 metres away, I caught a glimpse of a mama moose and her last year's calf. We all turned around and went our separate ways.
Wild strawberry plants are beginning to emerge in the woods. Where the ground gets full exposure, the snow is now gone, where it gets very little, it is still knee high in places.