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Re: Crows wedding day

Posted by Graham Cambray on March 03, 2009 at 02:52

In Reply to: Re: Crows wedding day posted by Graham Cambray on March 03, 2009 at 00:32:

: : I heard one time that the 1st March was said to be "the crows wedding day". I would love to know, is this a saying?

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: There's an old saying or rhyme in the UK:

: "On the first of March the crows begin to search;
: By the first of April they are sitting still;
: By the first of May they have flown away!
: Croupin', greedy, back again, wi' October's wind and rain."
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: This can be found on page 610 of The Encyclopaedia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World, Volume II, edited by Cora Linn Daniels, and C. M. Stevans. They don't give a date, but at http://www.famous-proverbs.com/19th_Century_Proverbs.htm, the first line of the verse is quoted, and dated to the middle of the 19th century.

: I don't know of anything traditional specifically involving crows' weddings on March 1st, although in Victorian eyes I suppose you might be expected to get married before setting up home together. But perhaps we need someome from Ireland to help us. At http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/learning/getwritingni/sp_sf_crowswedding.shtml we have a recent poem from one Susan Farrell in Rostrevor, whose poem ends:

: "An invitation stick down the chimney,
: to the crows' wedding,
: the first of March."

: An Irish legend making a stronger link than I've been able to make would be pleasing.
: (GC)

A little more - some dates and variants:

On the first of March, the crows begin to search. Crows are supposed to begin pairing on this day. [1846 M. A. Denham Proverbs relating to Seasons, &c. 39]

On the first of March, The craws begin to search; By the first o'April, They are sitting still. [1847 R. Chambers Popular Rhymes of Scotland (ed. 2) 165]

By the 1st of March the crows begin to search,
By the 1st of April they are sitting still,
By the 1st of May they are flown away,
Creeping greedy back again
With October wind and rain.
[1906 E. Holden Country Diary of Edwardian Lady 132]

from http://www.answers.com/topic/on-the-first-of-march-the-crows-begin-to-search.

Note the comment: "Crows are supposed to begin pairing on this day." (GC)