I could see two magpies in the field yesterday and was reminded of the magpie counting rhyme;
One for sorrow,
two for joy,
three for a girl
and four for a boy…..
I began to wonder who came up with this rhyme and why did they think of it, so I did a little bit of research.
My research led me to find out about magpie augry which is the practice of fore-telling the future based on the number of birds seen. It was magpie augry that has led to the magpie counting rhyme. It is said that this rhyme records the myth that seeing magpies predicts the future, depending on how many are seen.
I have discovered that there are many different versions of this rhyme and sometimes even the magpie is omitted and replaced with the crow.
Click on this link to find out more about the magpie.