In between all that is going on here, I have had the opportunity to make a new friend, besides the ducks that visit.
I was told by the neighbors when I moved here last year that about 2 years ago there was a wild Canada goose without a beak that would visit and that they would feed it, and then it just disappeared and they didn't know what happened to it.
Well, yesterday morning I spotted a lone goose on the other side of my fence and when I approached it, I saw that it was this one that they had told me about so I called it by name ("Beak", named by my neighbor- quite original, huh?) and it came toward me and fed from the bowl of feed that I offered it.
Here are two of the photos that I took- looks like it might have been some sort of accident or something as the edges are ragged.
Here it is preening itself after I offered it some water...
It seems to be a pretty resilient creature. Does anyone know how to tell what sex it is?