Monday, January 10, 2011
When geese do migrate, they fly in a big "V" shape, and they honk a lot while they are flying, so that if you hear them, you can look up and see the "V" flying through the sky. The reason they fly in that shape is because it makes the birds less tired -- well, except for the lead bird, who has to be really strong to fly through the air first, ahead of all the other birds. But when the lead bird gets tired, he trades places with another bird, so the other bird can do all the hard work for a while. Geese can fly in this way at 30 to 55 miles per hour, and they can travel more than 650 miles in a day. When they get tired and hungry, they can just stop and take a break in a marsh or a farmer's field or at a McDonald's.
Anyway, I will just mention before I stop writing, that my brother Gabe, who went away to the Rainbow Bridge, used to love to be where there were lots of geese because he liked to roll in goose poop. Mom hated it when he did this, because it made him all green and slimy. Well, I hope that there are some nice, poopy geese at the Bridge, and that Gabe is doing all the rolling he wants to do!