As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Can birds predict weather?

2017-08-02 06:02

IN this day and age weather predictions are made digitally with many having their own special weather forecasting website or television channel to get the weather report for the next day or so.

But how were forecasts made in the good old days?

Some of the natural weather forecasters were:

• If the rooster crows on going to bed,
You may rise with a watery head. 
• If birds fly low, expect rain and a blow.
• Birds on a telephone wire predict the coming of rain. ?
• One crow flying alone is a sign of foul weather; but if crows fly in pairs, expect fine weather.
• When chickens pick up small stones and pebbles and are more noisy than usual, expect rain.
• Roosters are said to clap their wings in an unusual manner, and hens rub in the dust and seem very uneasy when rain is coming.
• When fowls collect together and pick or straighten their feathers, expect a change of weather.
• Hawks flying high means a clear sky. When they fly low, prepare for a blow.
• When seagulls fly inland, expect a storm.
• When fowls roost in daytime, expect rain.
• Birds singing in the rain indicates fair weather approaching.
• If crows fly in pairs, expect fine weather; a crow flying alone is a sign of foul weather.
• When domestic geese walk east and fly west, expect cold weather.


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