The Canada Geese are back on the river. We heard a pair go honking by a couple of mornings ago on the dog walk, then yesterday & today they have been landing on the river in increasing numbers. As I sit looking out the south window over the water, I can see four crows lumbering around in the maples along the riverbank, a bluejay on the deck railing, two mourning doves scratching for seeds in the crusty snow, & about seventy-five redwing blackbirds in the still-bare trees over by the little creek. I've put out more sunflower seed this year than ever before & have put it out more consistently, along with suet and thistle. My reward has been all this bird life to see me throuh a long, cold, gray spring. We still have high snow banks along the road, but we were able to take the longer dog walk this morning because enough snow has melted off the bridge that the sidewalk was clear enough to walk on, though still icy in patches.