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Charm of hummers, raft of ducks: can you name that flock?

A flock of geese rest near the snow-covered bank of a stream on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. The Jammu-Srinagar highway has been blocked because of heavy snowfall in the region, according to news reports. (Dar Yasin / Associated Press)
A flock of geese rest near the snow-covered bank of a stream on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. The Jammu-Srinagar highway has been blocked because of heavy snowfall in the region, according to news reports. (Dar Yasin / Associated Press)

BIRDING -- "I haven't seen any hummingbirds up here, yet, but I did find out what to call a group of them when they do arrive: a 'charm' of hummingbirds," said Janis Woolbright of Woodland, Idaho, in an Inland Northwest Birders post last week.

"We don't have to resort to saying group or flock for all our different species," she said, noting some of the chucklers in the bunch, such as a conspiracy of ravens.

Lists of collective nouns for birds and other wildlife are posted every now and then, but this one by the Palomar (Calif.) Audubon Society is one of the best organized.
 
But there's still room for expanding the list. 
 
I looked it over closely, and I saw no reference to the term that's been used frequently in headlines but which needs to be coined officially here and now: a blizzard of snow geese.



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