Tales From Mother Goose

7 Aug

I like geese.  We have geese at Alexandra Park and they will take bread from your hands and hiss if they think you are ignoring them.  I thought I’d share some interesting facts:

  • they always fly in a ‘V’ formation; it gives them 71% more flying range (I wonder how scientists measured that?)
  • all the geese in the flock go off on holiday together; no matter how weak or old they are, no-one is left behind; they fly at the back, where it’s easiest 
  • if a bird becomes too weak to fly, a couple of the others will accompany it to land and stay with it until it dies  or recovers.  How wonderful is that?  here’s a haiku to celebrate:


Geese guard a stricken
comrade until it dies or
flies again – how neece.

  • they mate till death do them part and might be widowed for years before choosing another mate
  • they home, which reminds me that I’ve been meaning to tell you about the Hub’s Granddad Herbert, who raced pigeons as a hobby, carefully feeding and breeding and cherishing them and then, once their useful life was at an end, eating them

  • each formation has a lead goose who sets the pace; when it tires, it falls back and another goose takes the lead
  • they honk to encourage each other to keep going, a bit like the Hub’s wife when he’s tired of stroking her hair
  • lost geese or those who’ve stayed behind to help a poorly pal are welcomed into passing formations as members of the family

  •  they make great guard dogs (warning: this video contains excessive melodrama):


7 Responses to “Tales From Mother Goose”

  1. vivinfrance August 8, 2010 at 08:17 #

    Nice post. It reminded me of Harry N’s “Lessons from the Geese” which I have on my wall. Google it or ask him about them.


    • tillybud August 8, 2010 at 11:44 #

      Consider it done.


  2. pamela August 8, 2010 at 18:50 #

    Tillybud love this
    and the history about the geese
    some of which I knew.


    • tillybud August 8, 2010 at 19:44 #

      I never liked geese until I saw ‘Fly Away Home’. They are amazing birds.


  3. Musings August 8, 2010 at 19:51 #

    I tried to leave a comment last night and just could not load this comment page. It must have been something to do with my computer since now everything is working OK.

    I just wanted to say I enjoyed reading about geese. Those videos are amazing.


    • tillybud August 8, 2010 at 19:59 #

      Thanks Kay. Hope you are feeling better.



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