I went for a late afternoon walk today. The pathway by the Bow River is always pleasant and relaxing, as long as you can avoid getting run down by a cyclist, inline skater, power walker or enraged gander. Canada geese are very territorial, and I saw several of them fighting. Their fights mainly consist of honking, flapping their wings and flying or running at one another. I've never seen them actually go at it tooth and claw (or beak and webbed foot). I also saw several black and white ducks of a type I can't recall seeing before. No, they weren't magpies! Trees are budding, and the ice is gone from the river, except for a few patches here and there along the bank. It was warm enough that I thought for a moment of removing my jacket. The thought passed, and my jacket stayed on.