A Scottish or Northern English dialect word which seems to have travelled to North America.   It means to talk idly or gossip, and can also be a noun.  Lopez uses it to refer to a noise of birds – I can imagine the caw of crows.   It reminds me also of the ‘chattering of starlings’ I saw elsewhere.

‘Claver of birds.’

Source: Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams, p. 125

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