Strange Facts about birds

Folklore and Superstition –
Find a dead crow on the road is good luck-
Crows in a church yard are bad luck-
A single crow over a house meant bad news and often foretold a death within.A crow on the thatch,soon death lifts the latch.-
It was unlucky in Wales to have a crow cross your path,however if two crows crossed your path the luck reversed,Two crows I see good luck to me.-
In New England however,to see two crows flying together from the left was bad luck-
When crows were quiet and subdued during their mid-summer moult people believed that it was because they were preparing to go to the Devil to pay tribute with their black feathers-
Often two crows were released together during a wedding celebration,if the two flew away together the marriage would last a life time if they went their seperate ways the marriage was doomed.-
A spell for protection against magpies was to cross yourself,raise your hat to the bird,or spit three times over your right shoulder and say devil,devil,I defy thee.-
Magpies are accused of not wearing full mourning at the Crucifixion,because they wore white when they were supposed to be all black ,they have been cursed by God-
In Scotland magpies are thought to be so evil that
each has a drop of the Devils blood under its tongue.-
In Somerset locals used to carry an onion with them for protection from magpies and crows they also tipped their hats to ravens in order not to offend them.-
Ravens are associated with the Devil in many parts of the UK-
Yorkshire children were threatened with the great black bird which would carry them away if they were bad.-
It was thought that a baby would die if a ravens eggs were stolen.-
Ravens are considered royal birds,legend has it that king Arthur turned into one.-
Alexander the Great was supposedly guided over the desert by two ravens sent from heavan.-
The Tower of London has housed ravens for 900 years,if the ravens ever leave the tower England will fall-
If a raven perches on a roof in Wales it will bring prosperity to the family within.-
In Scotland if a raven circles a house a death is predicted in that house.-
Rooks feeding in the street or near their nests means storms or rain are due.-
Conversely,rooks flying far from their nests means fair weather.-
Rooks used to be told of a landowners death,the new landowner would stand under the rookery and shout out the news,adding the promise only he and his friends would be allowed to shoot the birds in future,If he neglected the ceremony the rooks would desert the rookery an evil omen in its self,this forecast the lose of land and the downfall of the family through poverty.-
The French have a saying that evil priests became crows and bad nuns became magpies.-
The Greeks say (go to the crows) the same way we would say (go to hell.)-
The Romans used the expression(to pierce a crows eye)
in relation to something that was almost impossible to do.-
An Irish expression(you,llfollow the crows for it)meant that a person would miss something after it was gone.-
The expression (I have bone to pick with you)used to be (I have a crow to pick with you)-
To protect seeds shoot rooks and carrion cows-
To protect young birds shoot jays,crows and magpies-
And for protection for weakling lambs,ravens should be shot-

I will let you decide which ones to believe,all the forementioned birds are some of my favourite birds.Its a shame they have this taint of fear and terror about them .
The one about the two crows and the wedding celebrations
I sometimes wish I had blinfolded one of the crows at my wedding.only kidding dearest wife.


28 Sep, 2010
jane said: many myths here. I agree with you Mac..have a soft spot for both rooks and crows.Living next door to a rookery means lots of opportunities to study the habits and behaviour of these highly intelligent and sociable birds.In winter they feed in the garden and never bother the small birds feeding around them.They are beautiful birds.

28 Sep, 2010
david said:

This is fascinating, Mact! I can read this over and over, as a great many of these sayings are new to me. Keep laughing at your very last sentence, lol!!! Hope she doesn't see this, or you will be carrion, yourself!

I, too, admire ravens, rooks, crows, etc. They are beautiful, and do an admirable job of cleaning up, if left to it. The likes of Hiitchcock and Hammer Films have done them a great disservice (and probably getting a lot of unpaid "extras" into the bargain). Magpies, too, are beautiful, with their colouring.

must ask, though, jane, are you immune to the noise from the rookery? I live near one, but I enjoy seeing them wheeling around, and the noise, earlier in the year. For me, one of the lovely sounds of Spring.

28 Sep, 2010
jane said:

Yes helps drown out the noise from the road at the front ! Know which sound I would rather listen to anyday. Its great when the babies start calling for food from the huge nests too...higher pitched than the parents !! At the height of spring its like a symphony orchestra ! Lol.. the last couple of lines too....made me chuckle..

28 Sep, 2010
david said:

This is "great press" for the rooks, Jane! "An orchestra of rookies" (if I could call a flock of young rooks by this collective noun?) :-D)

29 Sep, 2010
bonkersbon said:

Fascinating Mac I had heard the story about landowners attempting to move rookeries due to the omen you stated.

Its also thought that the ' 4 and twenty black birds baked in a pie ' were actually rooks. As it was traditional to shoot around May 12 th as fledglings emerged then serve rook pie.

Humans eh ? only we could try and convince a bird that moving was a bad omen whilst blasting those that chose to stay clean out of the trees !

30 Sep, 2010
david said:

Heard about this, too, Bb. Apparently, at one time, when landowners died, and eldest son inherited the estate, was traditional to go out and let the rooks know that he and his mates had gained the right to shoot them!!!!!

1 Oct, 2010
jane said:

Charming David. Anyone heard of the myth that Magpie once exchanged her 2 eggs for Doves 7.....with the result that the numbers remained reversed forever ??? Often wondered why our collared doves only ever had 2 babies !!! Lol

1 Oct, 2010
david said:

lol, Jane! This is another new one to me, and I like it. :-))

3 Oct, 2010
jane said:

Me too David ! Yorkshire adaptation of the magpie legend:
One means anger
Two brings mirth
Three a wedding

Four a birth !

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