Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Bunches of birds.

A string of starlings, out the front window.

A gaggle of geese, Garden City Community Park.

A pod of pelicans, Long Key, Florida.

A cabal of coots, Monterey, California.

A siege of herons, Terra Nova.

A rash of robins, across the road.

A parliament of owls, greenhouses at Boundary Bay. (A scan of a slide, another in my collection of bad bird photos.)


Cicero Sings said...

Every time I see coots this poem comes to mind:

"I come from haunts of coot and hern,
I make a sudden sally,
And sparkle out among the fern,
To bicker down a valley.

By thirty hills I hurry down,
Or slip between the ridges,
By twenty throps, a little town,
And half a hundred bridges.

Till last by Philip’s farm I flow
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever .... "

-- Alfred Lord Tennyson --

Just can't help myself ... had to let you know that ... I must driver poor DH mad with my many quotings!

Never heard of cabal paired with coots before though. I wouldn't have thought of them as conspiratorial ... or into intrigue. Hmmm.....

A Local Naturalist said...

Thank you for the poem!

Coots are very conspiratorial. While I was lying on the ground taking that picture, a squad of them sneaked around behind and stole the wide-angle lens from my camera bag.

Wanderin' Weeta said...

I love that line of starlings!

And were those live owls or those fake ones people put up to frighten off seed eaters?

A Local Naturalist said...

Those are real snowy owls. There were about 20 in total, although in that blurry picture I can only see three. There was an owl eruption several years ago and a large number of them gathered at the greenhouses at the foot of 64th Street.