augury doggerel

Saturday, October 05, 2002


I saw three flocks of geese yesterday. According to very helpful bird expert Jerzy Dyczkowski, I'm probably seeing the White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) and the Bean Goose (Anser fabalis), perhaps (if I understand him) even in mixed flocks.

I've been making quite a study of their flocking habits. Geese arrange the sky about themselves according to the tricky interplay of several factors, including which geese just don't feel like flying this autumn, which geese are shy or sly or geezered, which geese have the shapeliest tail feathers, which geese goose, and which object to flying behind bean geese. And it always comes out a perfect vee.


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