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A Murder - 8-4-19

Sunday, August 04, 2019

of crows! Lynette Weaver found this flock of crows perched on a fence line:



I knew a flock of crows was called a "murder", but had to look up WHY. It appears it likely originated because occasionally crows will kill a dying crow who doesn't belong in their territory or much more commonly feed on carcasses of dead crows. The term "murder" was used to describe a flock of crows as far back as the 15th century!

They're one of the few bird species who hang around here through the winter, providing a contrast against the white snow.
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