Lachlan has a fun book, The Book of Lists, More than 250 amazing lists of fun facts and weird trivia on almost everything you need to know!. I was glancing through the book and came to page 246, "Animal Group Names." That's when I discovered that a group of cormorants is called a "gulp."
I hope I can remember the word this coming winter when huge gulps of these birds raft out in the ocean, then come streaming back in the late afternoon to roost on sandy islands in the sound. And if you are on the island when large numbers of these birds spend time here, you can amaze and impress your friends also by pointing out a gulp of cormorants.
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of the Hurricane House and the Hurricane Boards. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072112.htm.