WARMING UP. Temperatures continue their climb into more seasonal conditions, and animal activity, including that of area turkey populations is increasing with the onset of the first warm stretch of spring. We talk about those groups and more in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A trio of turkeys explore a field edge along Highway 1804 near Washburn. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 4/20 – Continued spring! Hi 53, Lo 29, Wind SE@13, G20
Tomorrow: Sat 4/21 – Warm but breezy. Hi 59, Lo 34, Wind S@17, G26
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:46AM Sunset: 8:38PM
Moonrise: 10:19AM Moonset 12:57AM
Overhead: 6:09PM Underfoot: 5:40AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (24% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 10:00-11:00AM. Increasing clouds around moonrise will make for a mid-morning Edge Hour.
ON HIGH. Did you know a group of domestic turkeys is called a “rafter” but a group of wild turkeys is still called a “flock”? This comes from early colonial days when settling Europeans would erect their homes, barns and other structures, and the then-wild populations of turkeys would occupy the highest beams to roost at night and watch for predators. Hence, a rafter.
GETTING AWAY WITH IT. In somewhat ominous fashion, a group of crows has been colloquially referred to as a “murder.” It seems fitting that these black and foreboding birds would be so dubbed, but as it turns out this moniker (and others) for a mass gathering of creatures isn’t often used and has fallen out of favor.
AUDUBON SAYS. The Audubon Society set out to debunk the various group names for a flock or other gathering of the same species of animals in this blog post. Based in old English and other European hunting circles, the author argues the terms have long fallen out of favor, and at least those in the scientific community have abandoned terms like “rafter,” “murder” or “generation” in their descriptions of mass quantities.