Collectivity they can be referred to as a blizzard, but I would much prefer the word blanket, for seen at a distance they appear like a blanket of snow lying in the field. Only the movement of a few flying above the stationary flock alert you to the deception of white when you first see them. Enroute on a recent road trip to Montreal, it was a pleasant diversion to see a 'blanket of snow' in the fields adjacent to the highway about mid-way during our long 823 km trip. This was a sighting I had been hoping for and as we stopped for a moment they arose from the field by large numbers, probably hundreds or so.
Our return trip was accompained by dark and cloudy skies showering us frequently with rain and enveloping us in fog for the latter half of our eleven hour drive. Its good to be back home again. Hopefully by tomorrow I will be back to regular posting and responding to comments.