Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Failed Attempt



Yesterday I failed in my attempt to capture a shot of a group of Starlings swooping through the farmette. While they are a non-native, invasive species, I still enjoy seeing them sway through the air.

And, did you know that a group of Starlings is referred to as a murmuration?  




A group of ducks is known as a raft.  

A flock of Finches is called a charm. 

A bunch of Ravens is known as a horde. 

A flock of Pheasants is called a nye. 

A group of Owls is wisely known as a parliament.  

And, one I have heard of.....a group of Crows is called a murder.  




37 comments:

  1. Morning Michelle, love the picture, ya done good my friend.....Thanks for the tid bit abouty the birds, who would of thunk it, neat, Francine.

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  2. what always makes me laugh is the group of crows ... who came up with this stuff? so wild??! ( :

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  3. Murmuration. NOw there's a word for scrabble!

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  4. Good picture and good info...can't beat that.

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  5. My bird feeders have been overmurmmurated the last week and I'm sick of it....

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  6. and did you know that deer are a "flock" lol...my daughter said that one day when she was driving and had to avoid the "flock of deer" she makes me laugh :D
    i didn't know a group of crows were a murder, that's eery!

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  7. I learned something! Great picture!

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  8. I enjoy seeing starlings too. Murmuration? That's a new one for me.

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  9. I love your list! I love little facts to thrill my friends and families with....a charm for finches? How appropriate!

    I despise starlings! They are unfriendly! They are obnoxious!

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  10. Love the picture and wonder who came up with the names for these groups of bird.....funny!

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  11. All very good information for this amateur ornithologist. I must admit, I was only familar with the last two. I love that a cluster of ducks is called a raft...is that only when they're on the water? : )

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  12. Okay, I only knew like one of those :) Know I will know the next time one of my kids ask, which they always seem to do when I don't know the answer. Now I will know ahead of time!

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  13. I have never heard of any of those terms! Wow. I, too, tried to capture the swarm of starlings not long ago.

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  14. Yeah, the starlings are truly a nuisance but if you look at them up close, they are beautiful birds.

    I'd heard of the murder, raft and parliament before. Murmuration, huh?

    Have a good day.

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  15. Great picture and even more interesting information: I didn't absolutely know about this subtle distinctions!

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  16. i've heard of a few of those. and i think you did a fine job of catching some of these fliers!

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  17. Nice shot, Michelle. I'd heard of a murder of crows, but the rest were new to me. That's for the trivia lesson. I enjoy stuff like that.

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  18. :) I was suddenly reminded of the movie, The Birds!

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  19. I'm not a great fan of starlings but I have to say that watching them is fun!

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  20. I just watched a youtube video of a murmuration yesterday- it was amazing!

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  21. I didn't know any of these. Who says you can't teach this old dog new tricks.

    Then I wondered what other group names exist and found this list.

    http://baltimorebirdclub.org/gnlist.html

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  22. How neat! I never knew all those terms, except for the group of crows. Usually when it comes to birds, I just call them a flock. Now I know the other terms!

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  23. I have a friend who is an avid birder and she just last week informed me that each genus of bird has a different name for a group of them. I have to say, that seems awfully confusing! We've had big groups of Starlings take over our farm for periods of time. Quite noisy, they are! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  24. I think your photo shot of the birds is very good. You captured it clearly and full of action -- barbara

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  25. Yes, they are a challenge indeed.

    Please have you all a good Wednesday.

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  26. I knew about a parliament of owls and a murder of crows. How many points do I get?

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  27. This is a great photo, i think you captured their movement really well. I love vignetting too.

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  28. I've learned something new! Thank you, Julie.

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  29. I knew a few of those... Learned a few new ones

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  30. A raft of ducks....I will use that again

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  31. I've heard of a murder and a raft, but the others, never! Catching a flying swarm of birds isn't as easy as one might think, you did well!

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  32. A flock of birds taking to the sky can be inspiring (native or not)-As always, beautiful photo.

    Velva

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  33. Great picture and that you for the fun facts too. Very informative.

    Blessings,
    Betsy
    Http://www.betsy-thesimplelifeofaqueen.blogspot.com

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  34. A charm of finches... too charming!

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