is an air pickup such a challenge?
Oct. 25, 2009 In the last month we have flown only a few times. The rain and the wind and the cold came after an extended period of perfect flying conditions. The rain and wind came just as we were joining the last cohort with the middle-and-youngest birds. These 20 birds barely got to practice flying together. But that's not the only hurdle.
three groups of chicks have learned to fly we bring them together to
form one flock.
They must then organize a new governing body within
their ranks. They peck, push, and bully each other with more bluster
than menace, like high school boys vying for top position in their
peer group. It doesn’t take long for each bird to find its place and
for order to be enforced under a new hierarchy.
• What are two reasons why it will be difficult to perform an air pickup so early in the migration with the Class of 2009?
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