Category: BIRDS AND BEASTS.
The Wren's life is sacred, excepting at one time of the year, for should
anyone take this wee birdie's life away, upon him some mishap will fall.
The wren is classed with the Robin:--
The robin and the wren
Are God's cock...
The crane is often mistaken for the heron. When the crane flies against
the stream, she asks for rain, when with the stream she asks for fair
This bird is said to be thin when the moon wanes, and fat at the waxing
The Cuckoo Y Gog
The cuckoo is a sacred bird. It is safe from the gamekeeper's gun. Its
advent is welcomed with pleasure. Have you heard the cuckoo? is a
question put by the fortunate person who first hears its notes to every
person he meets. Wh...
Bees In A Roof
It was thought lucky when bees made their home in the roof, or indeed in
any part of a house, and this they could easily do when houses were
thatched with straw. Many a swarm of bees found shelter in the roofs of
ancient churches, ...
It Is Considered Unlucky For Bees To Fly Away From Their Owner
As the coming of a strange swarm of bees is indicative of good luck to
the person to whom they come, so the decamping of a swarm shows that
misfortune is about to visit the person whom they leave.
Moles are said to have no eyes. If mole hills move there will be a thaw.
By the moving of mole hills is meant bits of earth tumbling off the
mound. A labourer in Llanmerewig parish, Montgomeryshire, called my
attention to this fac...
Informing Bees Of A Death In A Family
Formerly it was the custom to tell the bees of a death in the family.
The head of the house whispered the news to the bees in the hive. If
this were neglected, it was thought that another death would soon follow
the previous one. ...
Birds Singing Before February
Should the feathered songsters sing before February it is a sign of hard,
ungenial weather. This applies particularly to the blackbird and
throstle. The following lines embody this faith:--
Os can yr adar cyn Chwefror, hwy g...
The crow figures much in Welsh folk-lore. In many ways he is made to
resemble the magpie; thus, when one crow or one magpie was seen, it was
thought to foretell misfortune, as implied by the saying:--
Un fran ddu,
The Goat Sucker
A curious notion prevailed respecting this bird, arrived at, presumably,
in consequence of its peculiar name--the goat sucker--viz., that it
lives on the milk of the goat, which it obtains by sucking the teats of