Folk wisdom empirically confirmed

I made plans to go birding yesterday in the expectation it would be sunny again; in the event it was grey, overcast and drizzly.

But I did see one swallow.


  1. 31 March 2011 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

    I saw 8 magpies hopping around the East Marsh (almost in formation) yesterday as I walked to Asda. There’s no rhyme I know of for 8 magpies – my previous record was 5 (for silver).

  2. Harry
    31 March 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Wikipedia has a couple of variations, including:

    One for sorrow,
    Two for luck; (or mirth)
    Three for a wedding,
    Four for death; (or birth)
    Five for silver,
    Six for gold;
    Seven for a secret,
    Not to be told;
    Eight for heaven,
    Nine for hell
    And ten for the devil’s own sell!


    Eight for a wish
    Nine for a kiss
    Ten for a bird you must not miss

    Either way, eight doesn’t seem too bad… nine would be more of a worry.

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