A Sentiment

God knew what He was doing when He sent a gentle breeze and brought a lovely butterfly to set my heart at ease. The happiness of your friendship and the gentleness of your words have touched my life in special ways and now I feel assured. Thank you for your loyalty and for reading everyday. I only hope you find things to make a happy day.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Good morning,

We are bracing ourselves for below 0 temps. They say the winds will be wicked tonight making for hazardous driving...blizzard conditions. I guess we will just have to wait and see what Mother Nature throws our way. I noticed the birds are eating voraciously this morning. Do you think they know what the weather will be? I have read that this is so.Here are some facts about birds.
Our feathered friends are most sensitive to those changes, and people who study them minutely can foretell changes in weather conditions. The wren, robin, sparrow or finch seen washing and preening their feathers in a pool of water is a sign of fine weather.
The blackbird, knowing that snow is imminent, can be seen feeding on scraps in the farmyard or picking under a tree or on a ditch in mountain or moorland. If they group together or in formation, the storm is not far away.
The crows fly low and caw loudly and look quite bewildered before a storm occurs. If they are seen flying low, with one wing pointing towards the ground or flying in groups, heavy rain is pending.
The robin flies near the house and flies in an open door when a heavy fall of snow is fast approaching. If the robin sings in the evenings in Spring or Summer, rain is sure to come tomorrow.
The wren, though small and humble, knows where to build her nest according to weather prospects. If she builds in an overhanging branch over a stream or river, a good Summer is on the way, but, when she builds in a dry ditch or eaves of houses, heavy rains and floods will be fairly evident during the Summer.At my house the wren builds her nest in just about every bird house. Taking the debris out from other birds trying to build a nest there.The wild geese arriving early, flying in formation from the North with their piercing wail are harbingers of frost and snow. In Spring when they are seen and heard flying back North again, mild weather can be expected. Wild geese leaving their breeding grounds in the early part of August is a bad sign. An early Winter and many storms can be expected.

I think these stories about birds are fun to read, but not always true....haven't we all heard Robins sing at night and not had rain the next day?I'll put some more weather "facts" here tomorrow. Today, I will observe the birds and see if their behavior changes when this blast from the north comes in.



OhioMom said...

I observed the squirrels this fall, they were so fat, I told DH that we will have a cold, hard winter. I was right, and winter just started.

The highs will be in the single digits this week ... but the sun is shining today, I am happy :)

Lynn said...

We are waiting for it to hit here too, and yes I think the birds know. So do the deer, they were out all day yesterday eating. Just like they knew it was going to snow lastnight...

Judy said...

This was very interesting about the birds. We are supposed to get that cold weather here by the end of the week. They are saying it will be below zero.

Balisha said...

I noticed the same thing about the squirrels.
We could see deer across the road until they cut down the corn a couple of weeks ago...now we just see footprints in the snow.
Stay warm...I'm coming over to read your post next.