Re: Collective bird nouns and heron tucker.

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Subject: Re: Collective bird nouns and heron tucker.
From: "Martin and Frances" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2005 16:30:54 -0400
I decided to try wikipedia for a source of collective nouns (they are on-line which augmented my trepidation about admitting to reading anything to do with Readers Digest).  They gave quite a good list but said the most extensive (often they thought fictitious) list was at  Many things get insulted by being called "a parliament of ..." 
Getting back to birds.  We were at Jamaica Bay this afternoon and watched a juvenile heron (possibly black-crowned night-heron) attempting to predate a saucer sized terrapin by grabbing it by the neck.  As far as we could determine the bird gave up but I think the terrapin would at the least have a severe headache.  Has anyone ever seen an Australian heron of any species take on a turtle?
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