Second of many Spring thaws. April 5, 2020Covid Quarantine, Ranch 1 Comment Montana Covid Quarantine: Day 14 Bluebirding trek into the hills. This was the only Bluebird house on this section that didn’t need help. Two others were boinked by our Elk herd ripping out the hayfield fence and snapping off posts, one needed cleaning out from a late nesting last summer, and two Tree Swallow boxes still needed cleaning from last summer where an agitated Angus bull pushed us away. Two pairs of Bluebirds were in and out of houses, and flying all about us. This is our household deity of the Bluebird houses, he sings a lilting tone into “The Hum” when we need to get out and check the houses. E and Nora watch a mated pair of Rough-Legged Hawks sweep across the valley and along the far ridges. They are arctic birds that can winter here. This is our first time seeing them! Nora represents. #1 in the hood yo… Happy ladies. Dappled ground and sky. The infinity field. View from snowline looking down the valley to the Northern plain. The moon is just captured at the top. At full dark the moon sat in the center of a vast glowing ring of silver, and the hoots of the Great Horned Owl echoed within it.