Fiscal fly catchers, robins and wag tails. One for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl and four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told. (Yep maz has a bird thing ) Its like they are there until they realise its time to go and know YOU are ready to continue on. I also cross myself when I see a hearse and live in dread of breaking mirrors. If you see a red bird in the winter you will have a prosperous spring. Seeing one magpie is supposed to be an especially grave occasion as the popular saying goes “one for sorrow”. I was just wondering if there was anything else to it Today one of the fiscal fly catchers landed on my head. When one magpie discovers a dead one, it begins calling loudly to attract other magpies. I was a different person now. Sometimes I only see 1 but others I see a couple. I grate cheese and leave it on my chopping block in my kitchen. I have birds fly in to feed all day. When a gamekeeper is attempting to raise a family of songbirds and loses the next generation to hungry magpies, one can easily see how the magpie's reputation would be tarnished in the eyes of the gamekeeper. If you are in trouble and a red bird shows up help is on the way. In Ireland sweet … that was a made up song. Thats the rhyme I know about magpies. If you see a blue bird early in the morning you will have a happy day. also, it's friday 13th today. Legend was well and healthy. the names magnus, maggie and magenta are linked to … I see these raucous, chattering, vibrant, brassy birds very differently now, these direct descendants of dinosaurs. I know this is going to sound weird but everyday for the past couple of weeks I have been seeing magpies EVERYWHERE. the magpie is a good omen, i always see them when working with infertile couples and know they will conceive..black and white are Newcastle united colours and their nick name is the magpies. ( i know why today is considered unlucky - knights templar & all that ) do any of u believe that it really is an unlucky day ? I opened the gate to let Legend … If you see one magpie you should say, 'Hello Mr Magpie how are you and yours, good luck, good health and happiness to you and yours', and you won't have bad luck that way, seeing two is supposed to be good luck, I was told this verse by my Italian grandma many years ago and though I prefer the one we use in the UK I do like this one too; The gathering of loudly calling magpies (up to 40 birds have been observed) may last for 10 to 15 minutes before the birds fly off silently. so there's the rhyme about them - 'one for sorrow.....', etc, and some people say 'hello mr magpie, how's the wife & kids' (or something like that), but how did this all start ? Magpies will supplement their diet of insects by raiding the nests of other birds and eating their eggs and young. It is anyway I go there always seems to be 1 watching me. Seeing a yellow bird in flight means you will be free. I knew the death and sorrow had happened in me. is there any kind of logical explanation to it all ? 1 magpie is not for sorrow. Id say its seeing a magpie I assosicate magpies with sadness...and passing souls. The birds also fly around my house. I avoid ladders, single magpies and shoes on tables.