Ducks always fly in a V.

Ducks and geese migrate in a V-formation.  One bird flies in the front and the rest follow forming the lines of the V.  By doing this, they split the work of flying a long distance.  The first bird in the formation takes all the force of the wind resistance, but in doing so, it breaks the wind flow behind it, making it easier for the other birds to follow.  Without the wind resistance, they have much less to fight against to make the long journey every winter and spring.

I was also once told that whenever one of the birds is injured or tired, it will find a place to land and one of the other birds from the formation will stay with it until it is rested or healed.  It will protect the injured bird, help it get food and be there for it in any other way it can.  Then, together the two birds will again take flight and help each other continue on their long trip.  It’s a great system.  No bird is ever on its own.  There’s always help to fly straight and far.  There’s always protection.  There’s always the presence of another to communicate with.

This morning as I was getting into my truck, I heard a haronk.  I looked up to expecting to see a V fly overhead.  Instead, I saw a single goose flying overhead with great intensity.  I can only imagine it stayed behind to help an injured friend only to watch its friend die and be left alone to fend for itself.  That was definitely a sad way to start the day.

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