In the fall when you see geese heading south for the winter (already a brilliant idea!) and flying along in formation, you might consider what science has discovered about why they fly the way they do. Research has showed, as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in V formation the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if the birds flew on their own.
People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily as well, because they are travelling on the thrust of one another.
When a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone..and quickly gets back into formation to again take the advantage of the “ lifting power” of the bird in front.
We have as much sense as a goose, when we will stay in formation with those who are headed in the same direction as we are.
When the head goose gets tired, it routes back in wing and another goose flies to the point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs.
Geese honking behind the lead geese, are encouraging those up front to keep up their speed.
What are we saying when we are honking from behind ?
Finally, when a goose gets sick or wounded by gun shots, and falls
from formation, two other geese will fall out with as well and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is either able to fly or dies. Only then do they launch out their own, or try to catch up to their original formation.