Four Canadian geese made their winter home right right outside of my work (I live in Florida), and let me tell you these are just the most diplomatic and patient birds I've ever met. They immediately established themselves with the local duck population, who are less Jumpy in their presence, but more surprisingly, one pair of geese started rowing close to the local mixed American coot / Common Gallinule population. Now these Gallinule are the least amiable birds I've had the displeasure of knowing, and immediately began their usual antics of shrieking like rubber chickens and sprinting back and forth along the Lilly pads. The geese responded with the most patient of retreats, and returned to the near side of the pond. Today I go to check on them, and low and behold there sit the goose pair, snuggled up in the shade with a new family of swamp chickens! Good show! You can see them here. The coots are hard to see, but if you look carefully they're quite a few birds harmonizing around these visitors. The Gallinule came out from the shade to threaten me. These geese certainly aren't intimidated by me, but they've been quite the pleasure and serve to calm the other birds. Has anyone else been impressed by their inter-species social skills? Or are these geese an exception? PS: the four geese arrived together, but yesterday there were only three, and now two. They were clearly pairs, so I worry an alligator might have gotten one, but my fears are somewhat alleviated because that lone third goose didn't seem upset. Maybe goose pairs split up in the winter.