Yesterday I thought I should maybe do some “training” for the Berryman Epic, 60 mile MTB race, this Saturday. So I decided to go out and ride 5 hours on my MTB, throwing in a hour of rocky singletrack in the middle. It didn’t do much for my psychic. I’ve been trying to locate a 29’r fork for my rigid Eriksen, but haven’t had much luck yet. So, I was fully rigid and the rocks were not my friends. I’m not bleeding too much, though, I was like a pinball most of the time. Bill has a new Felt and was riding much smoother than me. He had pretty low pressure in 2.25 tires and was lovin’ it. If I don’t hear anything positive about the fork soon, I’m going to put my YBB back together and ride it. Berryman is pretty rocky and, like I said about, rocks and I aren’t getting along that great now.
While we were heading over to Clinton yesterday, a huge group of turkeys crossed the gravel road ahead of us. I was trying to figure out what a hoard of turkeys was called. I couldn’t come up with it. I think it is so weird that we have different words for groups of different animals. And we have different words for different kinds of the same types of animals. I usually think of a group of birds as a flock. Oh, how wrong I can be. Here are some examples for various sources.
A group of turkeys is called a rafter, although a gang is also an acceptable name. They have also alternately been called a gobble, although this definition is colloquial and does not appear in dictionaries.
A group of ducks is called a badelynge, bunch, brace, flock, paddling, raft or team. Also, one might call it a dover of ducks. (If it’s a group of ducklings (i.e., they’ve recently hatched and are being looked after by their mother), it is called a brood.)
A group of hawks is called a cast, aerie or kettle. (The only hawk you are likely to find in groups is the Harris and it is found in Arizona and Texas.)
Then I found this. It is baffling.
A group of birds is called a fleet, flock, flight, congregation, parcel, pod, volery or dissimulation (small birds only). A bevy of quail A bouquet of pheasants [when flushed] A brood of hens A building of rooks A cast of hawks [or falcons] A charm of finches A colony of penguins A company of parrots A congregation of plovers A cover of coots A covey of partridges [or grouse or ptarmigans] A deceit of lapwings A descent of woodpeckers A dissimulation of birds A dole of doves An exaltation of larks A fall of woodcocks A flight of swallows [or doves, goshawks, or cormorants] A gaggle of geese [wild or domesticated] A host of sparrows A kettle of hawks [riding a thermal] A murmuration of starlings A murder of crows A muster of storks A nye of pheasants [on the ground] An ostentation of peacocks A paddling of ducks [on the water] A parliament of owls A party of jays A peep of chickens A pitying of turtledoves A raft of ducks A rafter of turkeys A siege of herons A skein of geese [in flight] A sord of mallards A spring of teal A tidings of magpies A trip of dotterel An unkindness of ravens A watch of nightingales A wedge of swans [or geese, flying in a “V”] A wisp of snipe.
Wow, would you ever have’d guessed? I particularly like the parliament of owls. I think I’ll just use any adjective that I come up with at the time I spot them.
I did an interview with SkinnySki.com and it is posted today here. He could have picked a NORBA result without my absolute worse finish I ever had as a photo. I finished 5th the year before.
I can’t believe how sore my arms are from the cross races, then riding on rocks yesterday. Bill’s arms are sore too, as if that makes me feel better. Okay, I better get an attitude adjustment the next couple days or this weekend is going to be trying.