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To start, I actually heard an odd noise, sort of a fluttering/purring sound. "What in the world?", I asked myself. Rather than answer, looked around for the source of the noise. Finally, looking upward, I saw a formation of geese directly overhead. However, they were not in the typical V formation - these geese were flying in a circle. This odd behavior continued for at least five minutes, and they made that flutter sound the entire time; nary a honk to be heard.
Suddenly, they resumed the V-formation and began to honk their way to where ever it is that geese over Atlanta will go. Seconds later, a rather low airliner came into view as it ascended into the afternoon sky. This plane (jet) was certainly higher than those geese, but lower than most that I notice flying overhead.
So, what's with the odd behavior and noises? Does anyone have a definitive answer? I might even accept wild guesses....
Was there a water body they were trying to land on but they got spooked?
I thought about that. The roof of the building will collect water, and then it drips into the warehouse for days. As far as I know we had no water on the roof that afternoon. I don't believe there is any sizable body of water nearby, maybe I'll have a look at a map.
no reason to honk when they're just milling around
I've seen this explanation in other places on the web. As for the noises they were making... that was goosetalk for <hurry up>.
[edited by: lawman at 1:45 am (utc) on Mar. 11, 2008]
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