The Illusion of Springtime.
The mild temperatures this winter in Montana have created the illusion of "Springtime in the Rockies". Last spring a pair of chickadees set up housekeeping in the decorative birdhouse sitting on the window box outside my kitchen window. They moved into the nice house with the vaulted ceiling one spring morning, and remodeled (I could hear them hammering away). They raised their 7 babies and left one early morning without paying a penny of rent. I saw them yesterday flying in and out of the old homestead. They think it is springtime. The weather has been balmy for Montana the last couple weeks 50's and 60's for afternoon highs .............but the weather man says minus temperatures by Tuesday. The chickadees will be confused and disappointed; and so will I.