[Ads-l] Buzzard grouponyms

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Mon Dec 27 07:59:05 EST 2021


Actually, and I think there are better birders than me here, "kettling" 
is not just flying: it's that circling around an area in the air, and 
it's not just buzzards/vultures that do it. You'll see other raptors do 
it. I am much more familiar with it as a verb than as a noun in birding.

---Amy West

On 12/27/21 00:00, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
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> Date:    Sun, 26 Dec 2021 11:08:56 -0500
> From:    Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject: Buzzard grouponyms
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> https://www.yahoo.com/news/kat-bergeron-cool-things-learned-060000703.html :
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> "Did you know that a group of our buzzard-vultures is called a committee,
> venue or volt? A flock in flight is a kettle. When they congregate on a
> feeding ground to share dinner, that’s called a wake."
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> Almost needless to say, none of these terms is in OED.
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> JL

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