Formation Flying~

Pelis-can

fly in formation.

The birds in the back coast,

on the updraft from the birds in the front.

They swap positions regularly,

so no one gets tired.

Cooperation is a powerful force,

and much more fun than fighting.

Cheers to you from the pelis who can cooperate~

214 thoughts on “Formation Flying~

  1. Cindy, wondrous commentary on cooperation. Naturally, the birds can give us a lesson we need today.
    During my morning walks I listen for the sounds of the geese flying in formation as they migrate for the winter. I just love it when I hear them, and I wonder whether they follow the same rules your pelicans do with changing positions in flight? Makes sense.
    I used to hear them every morning with large groups, but now it seems there are only a few stragglers…but even a group of six flies in formation. Amazing creatures.
    Hope your twin boys love the birds as much as you do!

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    • Your morning walks sound magical Sheila. I would love to hear and see your geese. So much is being learned about how/why birds fly in formation, how they navigate thousands of miles, and how they can fly so far and survive. It is all so complex and fascinating. The twins are learning the names of all The Holler birds and wait by the French doors in the mornings for the roadrunner to come stare them down! Happy & Healthy New Year to you and yours Sheila დდ

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      • The twins sound magical!!! We have had Covid rob us of our family time this Christmas as it has so many other families for the past two years. It gets closer and closer with each wave until it finally strikes our hearts.
        Happy and Healthy Safe New year to you and yours, too!

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          • Oh, Cindy…I’m afraid not. These have been trying times for us for the last week – our son and daughter-in-law have been sick with the virus for over a week, and our little Ella got it this week. Needless to say, we have been devastated. Our son has had 3 negative tests this week but our daughter-in-law and Ella remain ill. We took food to them last night – they have put a little stool outside the kitchen window where we can leave things and talk to them through the window. Ella was in good spirits – as she always is – but doesn’t understand why we can’t visit. As my grandfather used to say, Hard times done came upon us.
            But we have to hope all will be well. Pretty and I tested twice and have been negative both times. Neither of us has symptoms. Thank you for asking and for your loving support.

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            • Oh no! I am so sorry. So scary for all of you. I am so afraid for the younger children who are not qualified for vaccination. You must be so too. You know my twin grandsons are the same age and in the same situation. I am frustrated that our policy makers are ignoring the youngest amongst us who are so vulnerable due to immature immune systems. I hear more of the little ones are getting sick now with omicron. I am so glad you and Pretty have been spared. My thoughts and hopes are with all of you. If everybody is hanging in there after a week, that is very hopeful and good news, as is the fact that your son is recovering. So VERY sorry Sheila. This is going to be happening to lots of families over the next two months.

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  2. My dad was part of the recovery team of the Aleutian Canada Goose (now called the Aleutian Cackling Goose)—a subspecies of the familiar Canada Goose. I’ve read that geese also switch positions as the lead goose has to work the hardest. They fly from the Aleutian Islands (Alaska) to the Central Valley of California and sometimes to Mexico during migration.

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    • What a very cool Dad! I imagine you have some wonderful memories of trips with him. Bird migrations are simply incredible and so complex. We are only just beginning to understand all the complex interplay of factors that enable to carry out these amazing feats every year. Birds are incredible and I love the name Cackling Goose! So descriptive დ

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  4. Looking at one close, the bird is more majestic than I imagined them before. Great pictures of them flying in formation and some even close to see details. I loved watching them fly in formation when I lived down in Fl.

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