They're back! Canada Geese disappear from the lake during August for their annual molt. They can't fly until their feathers grow back so they relocate to a spot where food is plentiful and predators are few. The geese always return around Labor Day so they're right on schedule.
Although it's been nice to walk into the backyard without worrying about angry geese attacking or stepping in goose poop, I'm still glad to see them cavorting on the lake again!