There are lots of colorful names for groups of birds – murder of crows, etc. – most of them unofficial and most of them with obscure etymologies.

How about “asylum of loons”, one of the terms for a grouping of this usually solitary water bird? Where did that come from?

Maybe it came from a 2010 article in the Monitor – as I report in a bit of reportorial frothiness which I hope will slightly counteract the endless barrage of bad news that infests our heads these days.

Read it here!

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