Whether you're wondering when to expect rain, or if a cold winter or dry summer is ahead of you, birds have a way of helping us find out! Here is a collection of some of our favorite bird weather proverbs and prognostics.
- Birds singing in the rain indicates fair weather approaching.
- If birds in the autumn grow tame, the winter will be too cold for game.
- Partridges drumming in the fall means a mild and open winter.
- Chickens cackle and owls howl just before rain.
- If crows fly in pairs, expect fine weather; a crow flying alone is a sign of foul weather.
- When fowls roost in daytime, expect rain.
- The whiteness of a goose's breastbone indicates the kind of winter: A red of dark-spotted bone means a cold and stormy winter; few or light-colored spots mean a mild winter.
- When domestic geese walk east and fly west, expect cold weather.
- Hawks flying high means a clear sky. When they fly low, prepare for a blow.
- Petrels gathering under the stern of a ship indicates bad weather.
- When the rooster goes crowing to bed, he will rise with watery head.
- When seagulls fly inland, expect a storm.
- When the swallow's nest is high, the summer is very dry. When the swallow buildeth low, you can safely reap and sow.
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