Spring is definitely in the air. The water fowl are showing up back in our beloved park. The first mallards of the year showed up at powderhorn on march 8. I saw a pair of very cold-looking ducks huddled near the only little patch of open water on the lake. By the end of the week, there was substantial open water and there are at least 40 mallards on the lake. They were joined by the first group of Canada geese on March 13, and there are still just a few (about 3-4) at the lake so far.
Outside the neighborhood, I went down to black dog lake for a couple hours this beautiful sunday and got a really nice look at a northern shrike and some common mergansers. Other than that, the birding was pretty slow, but the weather was so beautiful that it didn't matter too much.