The hummingbirds have arrived in the Bitterroot Valley. Bob Danley on this week's Bitterroot Outdoor Journal reported that a rufus hummingbird was spotted. That means the other little buzzers will soon be here. He reminds those who have hummingbird feeders to fill 'em up with non-colored sugar water. Many other birds are already back for the summer. In a recent birding event at the Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge, over 65 species were spotted in a little over two hours.

Butterflies are out on these warmer days, Bob says. He has seen Single Brown Elfin and Sara Orangetip butterflies in the Rattlesnake. Another good place for early butterflies is the Bass Creek area. It needs to be a sunny, warm day, though.

Wildflowers are going...well...wild! Bob has seen Shootingstar, Glacier Lily (up Blodgett Canyon), Pasqueflower (see photo below), Balsamroot and that wild renegade in our lawns - the dandelion!

The Bitterroot Outdoor Journal is heard weekly on KLYQ 1240 AM and klyq.com at about 7:45 a.m. on Thursdays. There will be a two-week break with the next show May 17th.

Pasqueflowers and pinecones. (Bob Danley)