School: Carysfort, Arklow

Location:
Arklow, Co. Wicklow
Teacher:
T. E. McAdoo

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Birds

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0923, Page 115

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The hedge sparrows eggs are small and pale blue in colour. The chaffinch and robin both lay a very small egg. The robins is of a brownish colour with white in the middle. The chaffinches is a blueish grey with brown spots. The pheasants is much larger and is of an annamon brown. The thrushes egg is not very large. It is light blue with black specks. All these eggs are oval.
Some people are superstitious at seeing a single magpie. They believe in the saying ;
One for sorrow
Two for mirth
Three for a wedding
And four for a birth
Five for sickness
Six for death
Birds such as the curlew,blackbird,wild duck and peacock are heard screeching at the coming of bad weather

Collector
Olive Kinch
Gender
female
Address
Arklow, Co. Wicklow
Informant
Mrs Kinch
Gender
female
Address
Arklow, Co. Wicklow
Language
English