I am voting for a little levity. In the wake of the American presidential election, I decided to post something light, just for fun, knowledge with no true consequences. Being on the losing side of the ‘BIG ELECTION’ I have not quite embraced the dog, a place I like to go when I confront my own negativity. Next week I hope to have figured out how to get there and I’ll pass that knowledge along when it occurs. For now, let’s consider something benign.
My little murder of crows was scolding me for not being fast enough with the fish yesterday. (Every couple of days I set out the little ends of my salmon trimmings to share with the family in the trees.) They seem to know when I am filleting in the house and congregate in along the fence, waiting patiently…and sometimes not so patiently. And yes, I eat a lot of salmon. But it made me think about what other groups of animals are named, the venery (nouns of assembly) assigned to each collection of species. So I looked it up and by passing it on, you too can dazzle your friends and colleges with some completely useless information!
Here they are.
Geese – a skein Apes – a shrewdness Asses – a pace
Beaver – Colony Badger- a cete Pigs – drove or sounder
Cats – clowder Bears – a sleuth Buzzards – a wake
Dolphins- a pod Hyenas – a cackle Flamingoes- a stand or flamboyance
Eagles – convocation Cheetahs – a coalition Hounds – a cry or pack
Lions – a pride Swans – a drift Sasquatch – a pungent
Camel- a caravan Rabbits – a warren or down Quail- a bevy
Elk – a gang Baboons – a troop Turtles – a bale
Goats- a trip Swallows- a flight Peacocks – a muster
Hippopotamus – a raft Grouse – a covey
One would think I had better things to do...but apparently not. I did include sasquatch in the list because I thought anyone who saw more than three bipedal, hairy hominids hanging around together in the woods ought to know how to describe them properly when giving witness.
Was anyone out there wondering what a bunch of human beings are gathered together?
We are a tribe. ONE big beautiful tribe.