"Watching the scenery" is one of my favorite things about road-trips, or even just "going for a drive." My husband loves to drive, and I like to ride along to look out the window, so that works out well. Early in our marriage, when we couldn't afford to do anything else, we would just go for a drive for something to do. With the price of gas skyrocketing these days, our pleasure drives are beginning to fall in the "luxury" category. But I digress. I was talking about the lovely scenery.
We love to watch for wildlife on our drives, and the other evening as we drove to the airport to pick up my parents we saw several herds of deer along the highway. We estimated there were probably 50 deer in all! At a certain time of the evening, you can almost always count on seeing deer if you're out-and-about at all in our area. It was unusual to see that many, though, unless maybe we just hadn't been on that stretch of road at that time of day before. I don't know. But I got to wondering if "herd" was the proper term for a group of deer. So I looked it up... yes, "herd" is acceptable, but a group of deer can also be called a "leash" or a "mob." A leash?? Wonder where that came from? That makes no sense! I like "mob." So. Yes, we saw several mobs of deer the other night.
Then just this past Saturday we were excited to spot a herd of elk along the road between our old house and our new house! Elk sightings are more rare than deer sightings, especially this close to town, and especially a whole "gang" of them all at once! Yes, a group of elk can be called a "gang"! We wondered if vegetation had gotten scarce up in the mountains due to fresh snowfall and so they had come closer in to graze. In any case, it was exciting to see them!
We also like to watch for moose, but they are more rare even than elk, and unless you count the mother and her baby we saw together last summer, we've never seen a group of moose. What would they be called? Meese? Hmmm... I doubt it... Maybe a "maggle"? You know... a gaggle of geese, so a maggle of meese? Nah. That's just plum silly.
Off to look it up.
Oh, how boring. A herd. That's it.
What a let-down! We have a "mob" of deer and a "gang" of elk, but just a plain ol' "herd" of moose?