I seem to automatically think it, then regret it straight away because I only ever see one magpie at a time in our garden! It's not actually true, is it????
Don't worry Linda, when I was at school we used to have something that counteracted the single magpie superstition... you had to say: "Hello Mr Magpie, how are you and your family?" And then the 'spell' would be broken! (I didn't go to Hogwarts I promise!!)
And my apologies to you all if you now find yourselves starting to say that next time you see a lone magpie!
Oh, that early conditioning!
Can't remember seeing a magpie in my area (crows and blue jays, aplenty, though).
However, this morning I did have a joyful encounter with nature. My doctor's office has a small pond beside the building. As I parked my car, about 20 raucous Canadian Geese (CG) came in for a landing. After watching them settle, I got out of my car to head in for my appointment, but as I stood up beside my car, four additional CG's flew in and made a wide circular pass heading straight for me. I didn't move and they flew by just inches over my head. So close I could have reached out and touched them. Felt their wing movement toss my hair and heard the fluttering--so very close. Had the biggest smile on my face as I watched them finish circling, landing in the pond in front of my car. As I said, a joyful encounter.
Thanks for sharing that Mary. I thought of it often during the day and it made me smile.
I’m always really relieved when I see two! Absolutely ridiculous, but I can’t help it!😂
Me too - and I do tend to talk to them..
No magpies where we live, but too many in alberta, where my mother lives! And i don’t think she sees them joyfully!
They are very handsome thought..
Pairs of magpies around our apartment. They are by far the noisiest - as long as the Canadian geese are not startled into breaking the sound barrier- and the most daring too. They come without the saying however.
Oh that's interesting and makes you wonder how these things start.
I often see Magpies here in York. But they are not good news. Since I saw one raid my thrush's nest last spring have not been so keen on them. WhenI was looking after my son's garden recently saw one trying to pull a cable off his neighbour's wall! Loved the image of being so close to the geese circling and landing on the pond!
So many creatures do prey on other creatures. Sadly.
Magpies are a problem for us as they raid the nests of Blue Tits , Great Tits and Wrens so they aren't a source of joy however many we see.
Nature red in tooth and claw...
We had a family of eight in the spring - I couldn't remember how the rhyme went passed seven!
I didn't know it went past seven! Come to think of it I have never seen a baby magpie.
In Dorset, when you spot a lone magpie, it is important to say
"Good morning, Mr. Magpie, and how is you lady-wife?"
whilst at the same time, saluting.
This prevents sorrow from befalling you!
And, gives rise to some surprised reactions from the uninitiated.
Ah! Just found Lotta's comment.
We are really funny are we not? I wonder what the magpies think of it!
When seeing a lone person, they probably raise a wing to their head, and say "Good morning Mrs. Human and how is your family?"
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