The flight of the cormorants

Collective nouns for birds are fascinating. I had to do a little research to discover that what you see below is known as a ‘flight of cormorants’. More than 200 birds in total, they were spotted last evening having a rest from fishing, on the shoreline at Cairn Curran.


Great and Little Black Cormorants, Cairn Curran, 6th February 2015.


In total there were 140 Little Black Cormorants and 89 Great Cormorants in the flock … give or take one or two!


Just a portion of the ‘flight of cormorants’.

As I watched the flock disappear into the distance a single Little Pied Cormorant Microcarbo melanoleucos flew swiftly overhead. This species is a bit of a ‘lone ranger’, although you will sometimes see it in mixed flocks with other cormorants on Cairn Curran.


Little Pied Cormorant, Cain Curran, 6th February 2015.





2 responses to “The flight of the cormorants

  1. What is the collective noun for cormorants when they are not flying?
    I’ve always been fascinated by collective nouns and how absurd some of them are. You may find some of the following collective nouns amusing :
    A covert of coots
    A siege of herons
    A desert of lapwings!
    A bevy of quails
    A wisp of snipe
    A wedge of swans
    A string of teal

    Great flight shots of the LPC by the way,

  2. All I knew was a parliament of owls. Hence: Vote #1 Owls.

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