Geese and Temperature
Name: Beverly R.
Do geese fly in circles several times daily to generate
heat in freezing temps? I have noticed them doing this morning noon an
night in the same areas. It has been very cold,and i thought they may
freeze if they do not keep flying.
Interesting question. I don't think they fly to generate warmth, they do
move from place to place, often in morning and evening moving from feeding
to resting areas. There are many other reasons geese might fly, like
disturbance, or moving from one feeding area to another. Small birds
frequently shiver to generate warmth in cold weather, I don't know if geese
do but I think that would be a more likely response than flying.
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Update: June 2012