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Canada Geese Migrating

9-25-13  migrating C. geese2 224This is the time of year when the honking of migrating Canada Geese can be heard as the familiar V-shape formation passes overhead. Many of these birds have a long, arduous migration and they need to conserve as much energy as possible. The V-formation that they fly in enables them to do so, in that it greatly boosts the efficiency and range of flying birds. Geese flying in a V-formation have slower heart beats than geese flying solo, and they can achieve a distance of 71% greater than single birds. The birds in front make this possible by enduring the most air resistance and, at the same time, improving the aerodynamics of the birds behind them by reducing the drag by up to 65 percent. The geese are constantly rotating positions in order to share “flight fatigue.”

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4 responses

  1. Penny March (ex VINS bander)

    Enormous groups going over in the Adirondacks yesterday, some so high as to be almost invisible.

    September 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

  2. I’ve been looking and listening but nothing so far here in Sunapee (which I’m sure is just timing and luck). I so enjoy watching them fly over like this!

    September 25, 2013 at 1:29 pm

  3. Rita Pitkin

    We humans can learn a lot from geese!

    September 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm

  4. cool pictures… we have alot of them here in South Carolina becasue of all our lakes. I took some pictures on my back to the house today, just posted them.

    Take a look: Canadian Geese

    You’ve got alot of nice pitures and good reading on your site. I enjoyed it much.

    October 2, 2013 at 12:30 am

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