A Round of Robins

is circling the backyard listening for worms.

Not hunting like a cauldron of hawks.

Or being an ominous murder of crows.

Not charming as a shimmer of hummingbirds.

Good citizens, just shopping in the neighborhood.


There is much poetry and humor in the English terms of venery (venery being an archaic word for hunting) that go back to the Late Middle Ages that we use as collective terms (such as herd and flock) for some animals. The birds seem to have especially interesting ones: a skein of geese flying, a banditry of chickadees, a paddling of ducks, a flamboyance of flamingos, an asylum of loons, a committee of vultures or a parliament of rooks.        see more

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