Sunday, November 17, 2013

Bird Poop = Good Luck

I am due for some good luck. I sat outside this morning to enjoy the sun and the birds in the woods. I heard some plopping sounds and felt one on my head. I scratched my head and a little brown poop was there. I looked up and Robin (Ioway: wayinye mange shuje, "red breast bird") was looking down at me. Some might take this as an insult. But according to some old superstitions, it's good luck (#1). I took in good humor so that was good. Didn't get mad, just chuckled. I like Robin. Luckily, too, as see #6.
  1. If a bird poops on your head it is a sign of good luck.
  2. Don’t become a sailor if you kill an albatross, as superstition states you will get lost at sea (we just think you shouldn’t on principle).
  3. It is good luck if a blackbird makes a nest on your house.
  4. If you see 5 crows, sickness will follow; see 6 crows and death will follow.
  5. To avoid bad luck tip your hat if you see a magpie.
  6. Whatever you do to a robin will happen to you, so be nice!
  7. It is bad luck to see an owl during the day.
  8. A kingfisher is a very lucky bird.
  9. Three seagulls flying together, directly overhead, are a warning of death soon to come.
  10. Sparrows carry the souls of the dead, it’s unlucky to kill one (again, we think killing any birds is wrong).
  11. When a swan lays its head and neck back over its body during the daytime it means a storm is coming.
  12. Having a wren around will prevent one from drowning.
  13. A bird that flies into a house foretells an important message. However, if the bird dies, or is white, this foretells death.