Endurance, One Leg at a Time
You think you have it bad? Just imagine being a wild creature having to endure the cold on days like today (1/18/2016) with a high temperature of around 15 degrees F, and most of the day being well below that temperature. These geese were congregated at one end of a pond in Platte River State Park (Nebraska) that had open water. Most of the waterfowl were Canadian Geese, but there was a pair of what appear (based on Wikipedia) to be Greylag geese, which I don't believe are common to the US (again, based on Wikipedia). The greylags didn't appear to be enjoying themselves as much as the Canadians.
Post edit...I've learned that this is a Greylag Barnyard Goose. They originated in Europoe and were domesticated for their meat. Probably brought to North America a long time ago...