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Out of the Blue

Somewhere along the way I recently figured out that the murder of crows haunting our backyard from the dead birch tree are not actually crows at all. It turns out they are grackles, which explains why they do not make the racket cawing that the local crows do (and also why they are not as giant as the crows). It still makes for a cool and haunting vista, but it would be cooler if I could still refer to them as a murder. I poked around to see if a flock of grackles has a specific Middle English collective name, but they don't seem to have one, so I'll have to make one up. For now I'll borrow gaggle from geese. Gaggle of grackles has a certain ring.

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14. removed Jun 26, 2011, 04:57 neilmike
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 26, 2011, 01:15 Hoop
 
Coffee: The Greatest Addiction Ever.

Been bean free now for 8 months, cold turkey caffine free. (No Caffine tea)
Best decision I ever made, some of the biggest benefits I have found.

Joint pain almost completely gone. (Just come back from a hill run & I never used to run)

If you have a few too many I still wake refreshed & don't think I have suffered a hangover since.

Don't feel heavy in the mornings, more refreshed at the days start.

Have'nt felt the cold as much this winter.

I did drink way too much of the stuff & it took a good 3-6 months to get past the fleeting troughs of depression but well worth it.

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12. Re: MGM Reboots Wargames Jun 25, 2011, 19:55 Cutter
 
[VG]Reagle wrote on Jun 25, 2011, 17:51:
I wonder if Blues "giant crows" are not really Ravens.

Only in Baltimore and Ray Lewis knows all about murders, haha!
 
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11. Re: MGM Reboots Wargames Jun 25, 2011, 17:51 [VG]Reagle
 
I wonder if Blues "giant crows" are not really Ravens.  
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I am MUCH MUCH better now.
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10. MGM Reboots Wargames Jun 25, 2011, 17:33 Jim
 
Why?

Hollywood sucks. They can't come up with anything original anymore.

 
Jim
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2011, 17:16 JohnnyRotten
 
grangle..  
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2011, 16:12 Wolfen
 
RRRRRRRRRRelease the Grackles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2011, 16:12 Cutter
 
Snap, grackle, pop!
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2011, 16:04 Dirwulf
 

This web site is pretty good. It even has the sounds they make. I only see the word "flock" used though.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Grackle/lifehistory
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2011, 16:02 mag
 
Sepharo wrote on Jun 25, 2011, 15:47:
I found it pretty quickly on Wikipedia and it's possibly better than a murder!

Grackles tend to congregate in large groups, popularly referred to as a plague.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Grackle#Ecology_and_behavior

But it is uncited and doesn't appear on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collective_nouns_for_birds

I found "cackle of grackles".
 
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2011, 15:53 Rhett
 
A plague of grackles? Sounds like a goblin sub-race in some fantasy world.

Still pretty bad-ass, though.
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2011, 15:47 Sepharo
 
I found it pretty quickly on Wikipedia and it's possibly better than a murder!

Grackles tend to congregate in large groups, popularly referred to as a plague.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Grackle#Ecology_and_behavior

But it is uncited and doesn't appear on this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_collective_nouns_for_birds
 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2011, 15:27 Capella
 
Googled grackles and they do look spooky. One of the pictures reminded me of the movie The Birds. That movie scared the shit out of me as a kid. I still remember the lady that had her eye pecked out. Yesh!  
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 25, 2011, 15:26 nin
 
they are not as giant as the crows

Yeah, I've seen some huge fucking crows...

 
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