Good Evening

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Hello Mr Grosbeak what a big bill you have.

The Evening Grosbeaks have made an extended appearance this spring and we are enjoying seeing them in the trees nearby. Such a large finch (about 6.5-7.0″), that imposing beak and so darn colorful they really stand out compared to the other birds in the Finch family that typically hang out in our forests like the demure (5″) Pine Siskin and slightly larger (6″) Cassins Finch.

Yellow

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Mostly yellow and just a touch of green on a cloudy spring afternoon.

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Yellow bells ringing and although short and sometimes hidden in the grass they make a statement that is always bold.

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Arrow-leaf Balsamroot is just now riding into town and when in full abundance paints the fields with that sunny shade of yellow.

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Now on the wane yet still holding on the Biscuit root is one of those flowers inside a flower inside a flower. Fascinating to look at from macro to micro and back again.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Early Risers

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Spring has come late this year. With a late April round of snow and subfreezing temperatures to a wetter and colder than typical May. By Memorial Day the Glacier Lillies and Shooting Stars have typically given way to other spring wildflowers but not this year. They are still abundant and fresh.

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While the rest of springs basket is starting to burst forth into bloom I am always thankful for these two early risers that signal spring is indeed here and especially this year.

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