- Sep 5, 2003
Though in fact Robins are common all year round. I think the myth they only come out at Christmas has something to do with the fact they look cute against the snow.
:shock:Scare-Eyes come in three colors.(yellow, black & white) Research shows maximum effectiveness is obtained by rotating colors. No color should be used more than 3 weeks or they will lose their effectiveness. Scare-Eyes are effective with all species of birds except Robins.
Urban noise makes robin a night bird
Incessant noise made by people in towns and cities has turned the robin into a night owl, a study shows.
The birds are so desperate for their singing to be heard that, like partygoers, they will burn the candles at both ends.
The study, by the University of Sheffield, raises concerns that noise is drowning out the males’ mating calls in the day, forcing them to call at night when the females are asleep.
The change illustrates the robin’s adaptability, said Rich-ard Fuller, who led the study, but it has worrying implications. It is likely to mean that the nocturnal robins will have to eat more to make up for the extra energy burnt at night, when it is colder. Disruption of sleep patterns may also have adverse effects.
The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society, was carried out by recording noise levels, light levels and bird calls at 121 locations within Sheffield.Noc-turnal singing was recorded at 18 sites.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/u ... 701342.ece
There are lots of stories about bee behaviour following a death.jessbob said:A similar thing happened to me with a bee. My grandfather died in December 2002 and whilst we were in the churchyard at the end of December burying his ashes in a church service a huge bumble bee buzzed around each one of us. I thought it was so strange, a bumble bee in the middle of winter that I associated the bee with my grandfather who was a keen gardener.
Tweet of the Day is a series of fascinating stories about our British birds inspired by their calls and songs.
David Attenborough presents the robin. Christmas cards became popular around 1860 and robins often featured, carrying letters in their beaks or lifting door-knockers and were often referred to as the 'little postmen'. Until 1861, postmen wore red coats and were nick-named redbreasts or Robins, so the association between a familiar winter bird and the person who brought Christmas greetings was irresistible.
I wonder what that combo of robins and bats means...anyone got a book of superstitions?
Are there any superstitions about ladybirds? I lost my dear old cat to cancer in Oct 2013. I'd had her since she was a kitten, we spend 16 great years together and I loved her very much. I cried for two weeks solid after I buried her in the garden.
The strange thing was for weeks after I kept finding ladybirds everywhere in the house, not just one or two there were lots of them! I know it's drifting from robins but thought this would be the best thread to add to.
I had such a connection with my dear old puss and I think I grieved more for her than I have some humans, I did find comfort in the ladybirds appearing...that and the rainbows I kept noticing.
For me when the robin thing was prevelant..and I still make the association whenever I see one in the garden..it wasn't ever a belief that the bird was anything but a "dumb animal" going about it normal bird like business, it was more a perception that the "coincidence", the synchronicity, of encountering them was guided and personally meaningful. So perhaps once the ide of lady birds being relevant to your cat had entered your mind they were indeed being provided by whatever power or principle there is at work in the universe to comfort you.
Well, according to this book I have (The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland by Steve Roud), the Ladybird receives consistently positive press and is generally thought to be lucky. Used in a love-divination procedure to predict the direction of a future lover's home.
It doesn't bode well to harm a ladybird.
If one should land on you consider it very lucky indeed.
They are also deemed excellent predictors of the weather.
Variant names include, Lady-cow, Bishop Barnabee and God Almighty's Cow.