The Canada Geese have begun to return. Hoards fly overhead, gathering at the river. I drove by them, on Richmond Road, just south of Twin Elm, west of Ottawa. I miss my lakefront seat in Muskoka, but enjoy them as I pass by. Harbingers of spring. They stand about on the ice, waiting for things to warm up. The wind was wicked, the passing traffic noisy!
Mergansers are usually the first to return to still-frozen lakes, the rivers run more quickly and thaw sooner than bays, but the mallards hold their own.