A few weeks ago, we had a new friend join our flock of ducks on the lake – a beautiful, bright white #goose. Based on his size, we believe he may be a Ross's Goose, a relative of the true Snow Goose, which is slightly smaller and more compact. Snow geese, including the Ross's Goose, travel in large families, and are not often found this far east. In fact, the Ross's Goose typically lives on the west coast, and even their migration patterns do not often cross the Mississippi River. Based on the fact that this bird is alone, and has stayed so long, we feel he might have found a new family in our flock of #mallards and #welshharlequins for the winter, and they have welcomed him with open wings. He has adapted easily to the regular #mealplan on the farm, although he remains wary of his human caretakers. One of the most magical things about the farm for us is how wildlife, our "domestic" animals and our people all #coexist here.
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