Birds of a feather, flock together - or do they?

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Just a brief note to say that, just having discovered the term a “charm” of goldfinches, as mentioned by alipardoe on Mavis’ goldfinch blog, I had never heard this term, and googled it. Came across a Wikipedia page with a list of collective nouns for groups of birds, some of which are intriguing. You can find it by clicking on this link:-

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collective_nouns_for_birds

Would love to learn of any others, not mentioned, too!

:-))

Comments

17 Aug, 2010
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jane said:

Now this is very interesting David....just been over and recognised many but by no means all of them It was my belief that the collective name for rooks for example was a " Parliament" rather than a "Building ". This stems from a medieval belief that a parliament of rooks is judging the souls of the recently dead ! As we have a rookery in the churchyard next door,this would seem to make sense !

17 Aug, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

David..apparently there is a term known as a "Winter of Waxwings " which many saw last year when they arrived en masse. It could be 20 to 30 years before this happens again..hence the term !

17 Aug, 2010
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david said:

I agree, Jane, with the "parliament" of rooks, as is what I am familar with - never a "building" of them. i noticed that "parliament" is given to owls.

I like this one, Bb!!! Conjures up a nice wintery image!! :-)

18 Aug, 2010
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jane said:

Hi David
If the legend is true do you think I wil get a good judgement ? After all I do feed them in the winter !!!!Lol

18 Aug, 2010
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sixpence said:

It is a lovely name for them is nt it, had a charm last winter in the trees at bottom of the garden lasted comming to my garden till the end of spring, thanks for the link some nice and wierd terms there is nt there.

18 Aug, 2010
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david said:

Aren't there, 6d? A "siege" of bitterns, etc. I think that I like the miss-spelled "sedge" better, because I like those grasses, lol!

Definitely Jane - and Bb, too!!! Am sure that those rooks have been watching you providing homes, food and shelter for the ducks and many other birds. You certainly haven't risked putting all your eggs in just one basket! :-)))

18 Aug, 2010
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jane said:

LOL David..just putting a few feathers in our caps !! (groan)

18 Aug, 2010
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david said:

You "wise owls" :-)))

18 Aug, 2010
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jane said:

Well...wouldnt want them robin us of a decent judgement !! :o)

21 Aug, 2010
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alipardoe said:

Glad my inadvertent comment caused some interest! We could start a "best suggestions" competition.
How about a"flurry" of long-tailed tits?

21 Aug, 2010
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jane said:

Love it Ali...sure David will approve ! Got my thinking cap on now ! Lol

21 Aug, 2010
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jane said:

What about a Comedy of puffins ?

21 Aug, 2010
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david said:

Of course - love 'em all!!

Alipardoe - I really learned something from your comment!!! Many thanks for it! :-)))

re a "flurry" of tits - DON'T EVEN GO THERE on Google!!!!!!

Groooaaaan - re the robin one, Jane! :-)))

I like the "comedy" of puffins! Well, their beaks do look like they wear a bit too much lipstick - like the Joker, in the Batman stories!!

I was thinking of a "Gantry of Gannets", then realised that I was really thinking about "Pantry", with reference to food, and that "Gantry" would probably be more suited to another bird - Cranes!!! :-))

22 Aug, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Thats very clever David a Gantry of Cranes what better term could there be !

Id like to add a few ..

A collection of Hobbys ?

A spread of Storks ?

A cathedral of Cardinals ?

22 Aug, 2010
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david said:

Marvellous, Bb!!!!! Love 'em all!! :-))))

Was thinking, today, of a "choir" of linnets, or a "string" of mythological harpies!

23 Aug, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Lol David .. last one had me struggling then realised harp strings brilliant .

On a similar vein began wondering about sporting terms using birds like golf with its birdies and eagles etc cricket out for a duck ..teams using birds as mascots nicknames etc seems so common but dont know how the connection started.Perhaps will need to research a bit ..

Till then ..

A lethargy of wood pigeons ?

An adoption of cuckoos ?

A gulp of swallows ?

23 Aug, 2010
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david said:

Oh, Bb - yes, very interesting, indeed, those sporting terms - good thinking!!! :-))

I like these ones, lol! Especially, the "lethargy"! :-)))

Until then, a friend works for the toronto Blue Jays, which is a baseball team, and not ice hockey, as I keep thinking, for some reason. So, to remind me of their sport correctly, am going to think of a "base" of blue jays.

24 Aug, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Oh dear David .. well bit of a raw nerve regarding Toronto Bluejays I m afraid.Visited after they won the world series ?
at baseball back in early 1990s had never seen a game but they laid down their bats and the whole league refused to play in demands for more money when already on huge mega salaries.

Your friend will know they all refused to play for over a year and missed a whole season and never got to see them play so as far as I m concerned its a strike of bluejays would say lol but travelled so far to see them Canadians so excited think the first time any side had won outside the US and the Skydome is a wonderful venue.

25 Aug, 2010
Gar
alipardoe said:

Tickled to see I set something off. it needs another blog, Dave, and/or a list of all the suggestions.

27 Aug, 2010
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david said:

Oh, Bb, sorry about that :-(((((((((

I guess that the family friend would know about that event - she now works in their finance dept!!! Personally, I'd have struck them all off!! So, a "strike" of bluejays is ideal! :-))

Ali, you certainly did that! Will consider posting a "Part Two" with the suggestions to date, to see if we some from more folks. :-))

7 Feb, 2011
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bonkersbon said:

Just to let you know David its now official that a group of Robins is to be known as a round.

Over recent winters they have been seen in groups as their terroritorial disputes put to one side when food so scarce , too energy sapping to be fighting .Recently BTO asked for suggestions as no collective term for Robins.

A Round of Robins was voted best.

7 Feb, 2011
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david said:

This is great, Bb! Many Thanks for posting this news here. I think it is a brilliant name, specially if thinking about a "round robin" sports contest. I can just imagine a group of robins fighting or competing! :-))

9 Feb, 2011
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david said:

Many Thanks to Muddywalters, who has kindly given me permission to extract the following comment from his blogpost "Lunch at Martin Mere" (7/2/11), with regard to collective nouns for a group of swans:-

Thanks JP and Bulbaholic for your comments. I've always thought the collective noun for a group of Swans was a 'Herd', so I Googled it and was surprised to find all of these :-

swans - a gaggle of swans
swans (flying) - a wedge of swans
swans - a bank of swans
swans - a bevy of swans
swans - a whiteness of swans
swans - a herd of swans
swans - an eyrar of swans
swans - a gargle of swans

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