Almost every morning this week my breakfast has been interrupted by skeins of geese flying South West in the early morning light. Led by one goose they form a V shape as they go across the sky and I feel a sense of excitement each time I see them. How do they sense it is time to go? How do they know where to go? How do they usually arrive at the same place they spent Winter last year? ?
Birds and animals are so much cleverer than we give them credit for aren't they? Most of the time. But their sense of direction does sometimes go awry. In today's Times is a story of a penguin who has made a 1,800 mile detour this year. An Antarctic Penguin has this year made an unexpected 1,800 miles journey - a detour - from the Antarctic, across the icy ocean 1800 miles to New Zealand.A young Adelie penguin, native to Antartica coastline has made landfall at Birdlings Flat Beach near Christchurch in New Zealand.
A man walking along the beach saw what he though was a child's discarded toy but as he bend to pick it up it moved its head and he saw that it was a very emaciated and weak penguin. It was very dehydrated and weak and has been fed on plenty of fish and given plenty of fluid. He has made regular calls to the Royal New Zealand Air Force who have regular flights on the route but all requests to take the bird back have been rebuffed and now back to full health it has been released near to where it was found. You would think they could have found room on a pland for one little bird wouldn't you?