Spring must be just around the bend. I spotted Hooded Mergansers in the small patches of open water near our home. When we arrived a week ago we saw hundreds of Canada Geese in the air. A few large brilliantly colored American Robins beat us to Southern Minnesota. We are awaiting the song of the White-throated Sparrows. The male put on quite a display for his seemingly unimpressed partner. They will survive tomorrows snow as they did last year, but let's just cancel the snow and go right into spring.