The window for Montana closes again.

Time to return to SLC. Last front porch chilly sunrise with a warm cup of Joe. The mated pair of hummingbirds came out to the feeder and perched together in the lilac bush (probably mother and chick, as the males take off after mating leaving the female to build the nest, sit on the eggs without ever going into torpor no matter how cold things get, and feeding and raising the fledges), and all our Chipmunk friends gamboled about. As we were about to depart 8 Bluebirds came to the water tank in the corral- the first we’ve seen in months. The weasel had sat on the footbridge at dusk a few nights before. All our little critter friends have promised to “hold the Fort” while we are away. We made record time of 9 hours (530 miles) returning to SLC.

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