Sunset Geese flight in V formation
Explore #4, Friday May 15, 2009
The Canada Geese are back home. That evening before and after sunset, hundreds of flocks were flying low, just above us. Many landed on the lake for an overnight stay. We’ve estimated that there were about 10,000 Geese on our small lake. This is the most Geese I’ve ever seen in one place, the lake was covered with them
You can imagine the loud chatter we had all night. As explained below, Geese are considered to be one of the most talkative animals. Early morning before sunrise they continued north to the nesting grounds.
Here are some amazing facts about those ‘world travelers’
How do Canada Geese communicate?
While many people only hear the trademark “honk” when geese make noise, there is evidence that Canada geese can communicate with different sounds. Scientists believe that there are as many as 13 different Canada goose calls for things like greetings, warnings and contentment.
Canada geese may be one of the most talkative animals after humans. Goslings, or baby geese, begin communicating with their parents while still in the egg! Once hatched, there is also evidence that they respond differently to different calls and noises from their parents, indicating a sophisticated level of communication.
FACT -- As each goose flaps its wings it creates an "uplift" for the birds that follow. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.
LESSON -- People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.
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