Jon Crispin's Notebook


Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature by joncrispin on 07/01/2014

There is a group (collective noun?….any help here?) of bobcats that live next to my brother’s house here in South Carolina.  As I was out for my morning walk I saw this wing lying next to the road.  I looked around and it seemed to be all that was left of the bird, which appears to me to have been a seagull. / Even though we are surrounded by nature all the time and so close to it in many ways, it is unusual to be so close to the cycle of predators and prey.  It made me feel connected in a way that doesn’t often happen.

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  1. DotRot said, on 07/01/2014 at 11:06 am

    The collective name for a group of bobcats is a clowder or clutter

  2. dandyknife said, on 07/01/2014 at 11:25 am

    “Clowder, clutter, or pounce. Young are a kindle or an embarrassment.” If cheetahs, they would be a coalition. Who gets to make up these terms, anyway?
    Having a birdfeeder, my sympathies are with the songbirds, but the odd time seeing an accipiter snatch a bird on the wing has filled me with awe.

    • Tania M said, on 15/01/2014 at 12:24 pm

      Find it amusing that someone decided to call a group of bobcat young an “embarrassment”.

      • dandyknife said, on 15/01/2014 at 4:55 pm

        Isn’t it great? Although I like to think it refers to an embarrassment of riches.

  3. wackoworldmusic said, on 07/01/2014 at 11:48 am

    Where did you folks find the Bobcats term? I looked it up on a few sites that list all herds of animals and their names, and none of them listed bobcats.

  4. cindif said, on 07/01/2014 at 6:29 pm

    In the downtown area I live in there are peregrine falcons that nest in one of the office towers. When I walk my yellow lab early some mornings….I often come across “remains”.

    The cycle of life…evidence of the natural order … the “unnatural” city….a cause to pause. I know what you mean.

    Happy New Year and thanks for sharing your great work.


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