There are probably loads of posts about magpies and the myth behind them, we all know how the rhyme goes:
One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told
I suppose it all boils down to whether you are superstitious or not. Personally I think one for sorrow is the fact that you are now searching for another or standing there saluting a bird 🙂
I do have my superstitious moments when the mood strikes but what is more fascinating is that apart from being beautiful birds they are also very clever.
They can mimic many other birds and animal sounds, a single magpie has a talent of layering sound so that it appears there are several magpies rather than one (useful in survival tactics). They are well known to be thief’s especially when it comes to something shiny, and they are one of the few animals (and the only bird) that can look in a mirror and know that it is their reflection and not another magpie.
The original phrase ‘a single magpie in spring, foul weather will bring’ has some amount of truth to it as magpies do travel in pairs when the weather is fair so they can also give you a hint of what the weather will be like 🙂
Another interesting myth was that the magpie was believed to represent the devil. The church started a rumour that the tongue of a magpie contained a drop of blood from the devil. It was then said that if you cut the tongue of a magpie to let out the drop of blood it would then be capable of human speech.
Now that would be creepy 🙂