Why Do Geese Fly in a v Shape Formation? Feb 11, 2023

The geese flying V formation is so efficient because the birds in the back use the air currents created by those in front of them to help them fly. This allows the whole flock to travel further and conserves energy.

Geese travel in family groups within larger flocks. The V shape helps them conserve energy which then allows them to fly longer. Each bird flies slightly higher than the bird in front of them. This formation helps reduce the amount of wind resistance so less energy is spent.

The birds take turns in the front, when one goose gets tired. This way, the geese can fly long distances before stopping for rest.

When a goose gets sick while in flight, two other geese will break away with the sick bird and stay with it until it recovers and is able to fly again or when it dies. (birdsandwetlands.com)

We had ample opportunity to see these formations at Scarborough Bluffs this morning.

Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese
Canada Geese

Other birds:

Long-tailed Ducks
Long-tailed Ducks
Long-tailed Ducks (female)
Trumpeter Swans
Trumpeter Swan

Park scenes:

Some botany:

Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Willow Pine Cone Gall
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)

Today’s group:


Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things. – Mary Oliver

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Why Do Geese Fly in a v Shape Formation? Feb 11, 2023

  1. BernieSchwartz

    Would like to join your hiking group I live in Thornhill if you would be so kind and send me a schedule it could join you in the future
    Thank you

  2. Carrie

    Missing early Saturday morning walks led by Miles, being new, it was the highlight in my week. In the spirit of his work, hope that everyone is out with their binoculars and utilizing what we learned. Hope to see some of you at one of the meeting spots over the spring/summer.

    Rest in flight dear Miles.


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