The "Twa Corbies":  where shall we go and dine today, oh?  Upon the battle 
field!

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On Jun 1, 2012, at 11:02 PM, Linda Post Van Buskirk <l...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> Anglo-Saxon poetry, often and not surprisingly about war, death, and mayhem, 
> associates ravens with battlefields.  While a raven is not a crow,  the 
> association of death (murder) with black carrion eaters is not too 
> far-fetched. 
> Linda
>  
> From: bounce-61034112-3493...@list.cornell.edu 
> [mailto:bounce-61034112-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Anne Clark
> Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 3:49 PM
> To: Marie P Read
> Cc: Kevin J. McGowan; CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mob of crow (or is it called death of crow?)
>  
> And the irony is the "murders" often form when (the crows fear that?) a crow 
> is threatened...  They don't go after prey in flocks; they group in response 
> to THEIR predators, immediate or potential.
>  
> Anne
>  
>  
>  
>  
> On Jun 1, 2012, at 3:35 PM, Marie P Read wrote:
> 
> 
> <Perhaps there is some logic behind it.> Hmmmmm...
> 
> While I do love the old poetic terms for animal gatherings, I tend to agree 
> with Kevin. After all, many birds kill and eat other animals , so why crows 
> should be singled out as the only murderers in the bird world I don't know. 
> No-one seems to get bent out of shape when our noble Peregrine Falcon nails 
> some hapless shorebird. Or our charismatic Great Horned Owl nails a bunch of 
> baby Peregrines in their nest, come to think of it. How come THEY don't have 
> such nicknames.
> 
> Marie
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> From: bounce-61033880-5851...@list.cornell.edu 
> [bounce-61033880-5851...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Kevin J. McGowan 
> [k...@cornell.edu]
> Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 2:43 PM
> To: CAYUGABIRDS-L
> Subject: RE: [cayugabirds-l] Mob of crow (or is it called death of crow?)
> 
> It's a flock.  "Murder" is an insulting term, poetic or not.
> 
> Kevin
> 
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> [mailto:bounce-61033781-3493...@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of John Wobus
> Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 2:25 PM
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> Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] Mob of crow (or is it called death of crow?)
> 
> Meena wrote:
> 
> (or is it called death of crow?)
> 
> "Murder of crows" is the old poetic phrase.
> Perhaps there is some logic behind it.
> 
> John
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