School: Edenmore, Ballinamuck (roll number 14584)

Location:
Edenmore, Co. Longford
Teacher:
Seán Ó Réid

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Bird-Lore

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0761, Page 023

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There is a lot of wild birds in my district namely The Snipe, the Grouse, the Partridge, the pigeon, and the Plover. A lot of birds migrate namely, the Cuckoo, the Corncrake, the Swallow and others. Each Grouse, Snipe, and Plover build their nests in the bogs on the side of a mossy bank or in an old hidden tree in the bogs.

Swallows generally build in the eves of houses or in old stone walls. The Grouses and Snipes eggs brownish and blue spots in them and they are very like bantams eggs. Those birds sit on their eggs for about three weeks. Boys are told that if they rob birds nests something dangerous will happen them that week. If you see the robin or blackbird come into the house it is a sure sign of storm, or if the seagulls whistle loudly it is a sure sign of rain or snow.

Collector
Eileen Smyth
Gender
female
Age
13
Address
Glenmore, Co. Longford
Collector
Maisie Mc Nerney
Gender
female
Age
11
Address
Fostragh, Co. Longford
Informant
Thomas Ward
Gender
male
Age
26
Address
Fostragh, Co. Longford
Language
English