It's great to see the first signs of life. The gophers also love these new shoots (to eat).
The buds on the trees are swelling. The magpies are collecting twigs for their unruly nests. The Canada geese have been arriving for a while in small numbers but now huge flocks are passing noisily overhead.
The pond was a sheet of ice in the morning, as this goose found, but by afternoon there were patches of open water and already the water boatmen were rowing around.