Friday, May 09, 2008

Crows = Scary

They are. They're probably the biggest bird around here that struts around on the ground, since hawks and eagles and buzzards usually perch in trees. And man the racket. A bunch of them were going off really early this morning, like 6am, and it sounded so ominous and weird. And here's your word lesson for the day:

While other animals get cute names for their group like "pod" or "shoal" or "gaggle," the croaking crow gets a couple very odd ones (the literary one I hadn't heard of before, but it makes sense, like they're perceived to be telling each other something mysterious).


Blogger The Vicar of VHS said...

It just doesn't get better than "a murder of crows." And I don't mean the Tom Berenger/Cuba Gooding Jr. movie.

I always wondered what the difference between a raven and a crow was, and recently an orinthologist friend of mind clarified it for me: a raven has SIX pinions on its wing, whereas a crow only has FIVE.

So there you have it--the difference between a raven and a crow is a matter of a pinion.


11:42 AM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

Ahem. Puns aside (as they should be), ravens are MUCH larger. If I saw an unkindness of them (another good one) in my yard, I think I'd get really scared.

11:44 AM  

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