Category: BIRDS AND BEASTS.
The little busy bee has been from times of old an object of admiration
and superstition. It is thought that they are sufficiently sensitive to
feel a slight, and sufficiently vindictive to resent one, and as they are
too valuable t...
Should a goose lay a soft egg, a small egg, or two eggs in a day, it is a
sign of misfortune to the owner of that goose.
An old woman in Llandrinio parish, Montgomeryshire, who lived in a
cottage by the side of the Severn, and who...
If the sick asks for a pigeon pie, or the flesh of a pigeon, it is a sign
that his death is near.
If the feathers of a pigeon be in a bed, the sick cannot die on it.
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,
A White Cock
A white cock was looked upon as an unlucky bird, thus:--
Na chadw byth yn nghylch dy dy,
Na cheiliog gwyn, na chath ddu.
Never keep about thy house,
A white cock, nor black cat.
Tit Major Or Sawyer
The Rev. E. V. Owen, Vicar of Llwydiarth, Montgomeryshire, told me that
the Tit's notes are a sign of rain, at least, that it is so considered in
his parish. The people call the bird Sawyer, and they say its notes
resemble in sound...
Ill luck is thought to follow the killer of dear Robin Redbreast, the
children's winter friend. No one ever shoots Robin, nor do children rob
its nest, nor throw stones at it. Bad luck to anyone who does so. The
little bird with ...
This bird is considered sacred, because it frequents church steeples and
builds its nest there, and it is said to be an innocent bird, though
given to carrying off things and hiding them in out-of-the-way places.
When ignorance of a...
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...
Pigs used to be credited with the power of seeing the wind. Devils were
fond of assuming the form of, or entering into, pigs. Pigs littered in
February could not be reared. This I was told by a native of