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Geese Flying in Formation

Canada Geese often fly together in a classic “V” formation with a lead goose on each leg and a follower-goose at the downward point of the group.  This helps keep the flock together and is perhaps a safer way for the geese to travel.  They honk a lot when flying.  They communicate within their own flock in flight and also communicate with other geese on the ground that help guide the flyers toward their ultimate destination for that segment of the flight.

Sometimes the flight is very short as I often see the geese around here do.  They come and go between this pond and the nearby private small lake.  They also visit other lakes and farm ponds that are around in this neighborhood.  The geese are quite interesting to see in flight.  I took these pictures on August 14, 2012, in my yard.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo.  Enjoy!


Comments on: "Geese Flying in Formation" (5)

  1. TexWisGirl said:

    starting to gather. so neat!

    • Hi Theresa, Speaking of gathering – I am starting to see Pied-billed Grebes at the lake where I used to live. This AM I saw a couple of the Grebes. Won’t be long before we start seeing a lot of American Coots, and loads of different ducks. Have a great weekend!

  2. The geese seem to stay around your area don’t they. They have left here already and that’s pretty unusual for this early in the fall.

  3. It is neat to watch the geese flying in formation. Wonderful photos,. Hope you have a happy Sunday!

  4. We were just starting to see V’s of geese in Michigan before we left on vacation last week. I always love watching them. I’m enjoying catching up on your blog as we are driving from Maine to the Finger Lakes in NY (my husband is doing the driving–and I’m on my laptop :).

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