Our snow is almost gone. This time last year, we had just gotten here, and it snowed almost every day. I didn’t write a springtime post until the end of May. This year, though, spring is already here. Many of the animals in the area move northward as the snow melts. The Mountain Bluebirds showed up a few weeks ago, while we still had some snow. This was the first time I had been able to photograph one this year, and this little guy was pretty insistent that I take his picture. Pictures, since he sat there and posed for several minutes. This bull bison was one of three “boys” that hung out close to us over the winter. More than once, I had to wait for them to cross the road on my way to work.Most of the bison spent the winter much closer to town. Now that the snow has melted off, though, they are back in their summer haunt at Elk Ranch Flats. And on the road.The elk are also moving off of the Elk Refuge and into the Park. They have been EVERYWHERE for the last week or so. Also on the roads at night.Moose don’t really migrate. They can handle deep snow and prefer much colder temperatures. This one was hanging out by the river one day, though, and moose pictures are always fun.Sandhill cranes have become one of my favorite birds. They only stick around for the summer here, and they can be hard to spot. These four were close to one of the side roads, and they stuck around while I was taking pictures. Two of them even called while I listened.
With the melting snow, we are seeing more wildlife, and the flowers should start blooming any day now. Even though it’s early, spring seems to be moving right along here in the Tetons.