Friday, May 2, 2008
Today marks the transition between pure spring and spring-summer. For the last six weeks, we have had Montana's version of spring - lots of wet snow and cloudy skies, birds arriving, gophers appearing, and catkins blooming. For the next six weeks or so, we will see summer days sneaking into the mix, full of sun and warmth, until by June 21 we will have full summer. The meadowlarks are just starting to sing, chickadees flock to the aspens when it snows, the robins and grackles are ubiquitous, pheasant roosters are crossing roads, and kestrels are showing up on power lines. Trees are starting to put out leaflets, the grass is greening up and is ready to be cut, yellowbells are blooming in the fields, and it is time to clean up the gardens.