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Squirrels - dray, drey or scurry ?
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imalsplants/data/m0007391.html and read Paragraph 2. There, you'll see the normal British name is 'drey'. Certainly, the Oxford English Dictionary offers no support for 'scurry' in this meaning, but 'dray' is an alternative spelling of 'drey'.
ouns_for_non-human_mammals for a web-page that does offer support for 'dray' as a collective noun for squirrels, however. This may possibly be just an American usage, though, as it is not offered by the OED as such. Cheers and again, sorry.
However, given the way in which we seem to import Americanisms wholesale, 'dray' (sic) will probably become acceptable eventually. Sad, really, as we don't - in collective terms - have eyries of eagles, setts of badgers or warrens of rabbits. Cheers