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When Blue Means Warm… March 27, 2012  |  By Jim McNutt

Many people look for the return of robins as the harbinger of spring. Not so, say some experts. More reliable birds include kestrels, whose range covers an immense part of North America, Mexico, and the Caribbean, and return quickly to colder regions as the snows melt.

In Jackson Hole a favorite is the Mountain Bluebird. The male pictured here in a recent painting by Greg McHuron is part of the Museum’s collection. Ghosted by a moose cow (another creature that makes people stop and stare), McHuron’s Bluebird braves the snowmelt, but warms people up because they know that seasonal change is on the way.

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