The Ugly Duckling

There is a strange duck-goose-swan that has taken up residence on our lake. I don’t know which she is. She swims around the lake alone. Maybe she is injured and can’t fly out. I have never seen anything like her. She quickly swims up to any human who gets close to the lake. She is tremendously friendly.

I went down to the lake this evening and sang to her to see if she would come closer to me so I could make a diagnosis. She liked the songs I sang because she swam back and forth very happily but kept her distance. I am falling in love with this bird. She is like some strange spirit that has taken up residence on the lake at Oak Haven. She is mysterious, precious and elusive. I have called her Grace.