|To:||Syd Curtis <>|
|Date:||Tue, 17 Aug 2004 15:56:43 +1000|
My grandfather use to say that when the mudlarks and magpies called together in song, then it would rain within 24 hours.
I've often found this too be a reliable indicator and it makes sense that both species would be happy about the prospects of nice soft ground to pluck a juicy worm out of.
I think that these types of stories should be considered in a regional context though, and might not be exportable as general rules to other locations.
Reid asked, 14 Aug. '04:
Does anyone else know of incidents (either fact or fable) where birds, by their activities or behaviour, seem to provide an advance indication/foreknowledge of coming physical events - rain, thunderstorms, earthquakes, flood, locqust plague, etc, in advance of any indications being obvious to humans?
Family folk-lore in the 1930s was that when Currawongs gathered in a large flock all singing together, this indicated that rain was coming. This was on Tamborine Mountain just in from the Gold Coast, southern Queensland.
On 15 June 1984, I tape recorded such a currawong chorus at the Caravan Park at Mt Warning, where I was staying to record Albert's Lyrebirds in the National Park. It was fine when I recorded the currawongs, but rain followed. So much in fact that I had to stay an extra night because the creek came up and covered the bridge.
Coincidence? Probably. But just maybe ...
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