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Folklore and myths

Could you tell me of any superstitions or English folklore associated with goldfinches please?

In the Anglo-Saxon times, Goldfinches were known as Thisteltuige or Thistle-tweaker, due to their fondness of thistles, teasels and knapweeds. More...

What kind of bird is known as a 'tom tit'?

What kind of bird is known as a 'tom tit'? A relation says he has one nesting in a box. More...

Somebody told me that there are 9,721 species of bird around the world. Is it true?

Somebody told me that there are 9,721 species of bird around the world. Is it true? More...

I get lots of goldfinches in my garden every day and was wondering where they go to at night as they fly off and I don't see them till the next day?

I get lots of goldfinches in my garden every day and was wondering where they go to at night as they fly off and I don't see them till the next day? More...

The barn owl at the wooded end of our garden is hooting for much of the night. Why does it do this as surely it alerts prey to its presence?

The owl associated with hooting is in fact the tawny owl. The barn owl's best known call is a long, eerie shriek and in many areas it is known as the screech owl More...

Are sea gulls actually called sea gulls or is there another name for them?

Are sea gulls actually called sea gulls or is there another name for them? More...

What is the meaning of featherpault?

When I was a boy in the 1950's my uncle referred to the Willow Warbler as a featherpault. What is the meaning of this name which seems to have died out? More...

Do skylarks sing to attract insects?

I am sure I read somewhere that skylarks sing to attract insects and not just for territorial reasons. Can you confirm this? More...

What is a Mavis? Am I right in thinking it is a female song thrush?

Mavis is indeed a colloquial name for the song thrush but but can refer to both male and female birds More...

What is a Stormcock?

A stormcock is one of the many traditional names found in British folklore for a Mistle Thrush. More...