flock of herons???

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  1. JTHphoto

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    I was driving to work this morning and i saw a whole "flock" of blue herons flying north... i say "flock" because i don't know what the word is, i've never seen more than one at a time, i didn't realize they were a social bird, but there was like 10-12 flying in a formation of sorts... i've seen lots of photos of these guys on here too, i was just wondering if anyone has seen more than 1 or 2 hanging out together...

    and why does every animal have to have a different name when it gets into a group... who decided this...

    pack of dogs,
    herd of elephants,
    pride of lions,
    covey of quail,
    flock of turkeys....

    i'm bored, there is nothing to do at work except sell (and by sell i mean drive around all day getting rejected) :meh:
     
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    A University of Owls

    A Murder of Crows are two good ones.
     
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    are dolphins and whales pods? and school of fish
     
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    we always use the terms " whole passel of" or "a crop of" if you dont know what to call them....

    herd of turtles...
    a whack of insects...( dont think its the technical term...)
    mess of fish...
     
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    yeah, i was thinking there was a ****load of 'em, but that's not exactly a scientific term either :lol:

    i was thinking passel was actually for a specific animal, but can't remember... isn't troupe or troop for something too...

    swarm of bees
     
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    What about a gaggle of geese.

    Anyway I've only ever seen them one at a time, well sometimes 2 but there never very close to each other. We have one that likes wipe out all the fish in our pond here at work. They ussually put up a decoy to scare it away.
     
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    Asses: herd or pace of assess Badgerscete of badgers
    Bears: sloth or sleuth of bears
    Bees: hive of bees; a swarm, drift,
    or bike of bees
    Birds: flock, flight, (dial.) parcel, pod, fleet, or dissimulation of
    (small) birds; a volary of birdsin an aviary

    Boar: sounder of wild boar
    Boys: blush of boys
    Buffalo: herd or gang of buffalo
    Cats: clowder or glaring of cats; adowt (= ?do-out) or destructionof wild cats
    Cattle: herd, drove, (dial.), or (US & Austral.) mob of cattle

    Chickens: brood, (dial.) cletch or clutch, or peep of chickens
    Choughs: chattering or clattering of choughs
    Cobblers: drunkship of cobblers
    Colts: rag or rake of colts Cookshastiness of cooks
    Coots: covert of coots
    Cranes: herd of cranes

    Cubs: litter of cubs
    Curlew: herd of curlew
    Curs: cowardice of curs
    Deer: herd or mob of deer
    Dogs: pack or kennel of dogs Dottereltrip of dotterel
    Dovesflight, dole, or piteousness of doves

    Ducks: raft, bunch, or paddling of ducks on water; a team of wild ducks
    in flight
    Dunlins: fling of dunlins
    Elephants: herd of elephants
    Elk: herd or (US) gang of elk Ferretsbusiness of ferrets Finchescharm or chirm of finches
    Fish: shoal of fish; a run of fish in motion
    Flies: cloud of flies

    Foresters: stalk of foresters
    Foxes: skulk of foxes
    Geese: gaggle or (in the air) a skein, team, or wedge of geese
    Giraffes: herd of giraffes
    Goats: flock, herd, or (dial.) trip of goats
    Grouse: pack or covey of grouse Hareshusk or down of hares

    Hawks: cast of hawks let fly
    Hermits: observance of hermits
    Herons: siege of herons
    Horses: stud or haras of (breeding) horses; (dial.) a team of horses
    Hounds: kennel, pack, cry or mute of hounds
    Insects: flight or swarm of insects

    Kangaroos: mob or troop of kangaroos
    Kittens: kindle of kittens
    Ladies: bevy of ladies
    Lapwing: desert of lapwing
    Larks: exaltation or bevy of larks
    Leopards: leap of leopards

    Lions: pride of lions
    Magpies: tiding of magpies
    Mallard: sord or sute (= suit) of mallard
    Martens: richesse of martens
    Merchants: faith of merchants
    Moles: abour of moles

    Monkeys: roop of monkeys
    Mules: barren of mules
    Nightingales: watch of nightingales
    Nuns: superfluity of nuns
    Partridges: covey of partridges
    Peacocks: muster of peacocks

    Pedlars: malapertness (= impertinence) of pedlars
    Penguins: rookery of penguins
    Pheasants: head or (dial.) nye of pheasants
    Pigeons: kit of pigeons flying together
    Pigs: herd of pigs
    Plovers: stand, wing, or congregation of plovers

    Pochards: rush or flight of pochards
    Porpoises: herd, pod, or school of porpoises
    Prisoners: pity of prisoners
    Ptarmigan: covey of ptarmigan
    Pups; litter of pups
    Quail: bevy or drift of quail

    Racehorses: string of racehorses
    Ravens: unkindness of ravens
    Roes: bevy of roes
    Rooks: parliament or building of rooks
    Ruffs: hill of ruffs
    Seals: herd or rookery of seals; a pod of seals

    Sheep: flock, herd, (dial.) drift or trip, or (Austral.) mob of sheep
    Sheldrake: dopping of sheldrake
    Snipe: wisp or walk of snipe
    Sparrows: host of sparrows
    Starlings: murmuration of starlings
    Swallows: flight of swallows

    Swans: game or herd of swans; a wedge of swans in the air
    Swine: herd of swine; a sounder of tame swine, a drift of wild swine
    Taverner: glozing (= fawning) of taverners
    Teal: spring of teal
    Waterfowl: bunch or knob of waterfowl
    Whales: school, herd, or gam of whales; a pod of whales; a grind of bottle-nosed whales

    Widgeon: company or trip of widgeon
    Wildfowl: bunch, trip, or plump of wildfowl; a know (less than 30) of wildfowl
    Wolves: pack or rout of wolves
    Women: gaggle of women
    Woodcock: fall of woodcock
    Wrens: herd of wrens
     
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    yeah, what he ^ said
     
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    a covan of witches :lmao:
     
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    a siege of herons! guess i could have just looked it up on the internet, eh rob? that's quite the list...
     
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    i resemble that statement.....
     
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    :lmao: Yea, I admits I had you in mind when I wrote that :lmao:
     

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