Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Seven for a Secret

One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret,
Never to be told.

I learnt the rhyme above as a kid - it's about counting Magpies, and the consequence of seeing them.  I tend to recall them being a solitary bird, which may say something about the state of mind of who ever invented this rhyme.

On Sunday I went for a bit of wander in my local parks looking for anything to photograph.  I found a very loose group of seven magpies, they were all feeding on the grass and generally looking under fallen leaves.

These may not be the magpies that the rhyme was written about, but I couldn't help but think about the secret that they were keeping.

You can find more shots from around the world at Our World Tuesday.


  1. We used to say that rhyme when we saw vultures circling in the sky. I haven't thought of it in years
    Wonderful Magpie photos
    Have a great week!

  2. A lot of magpies to see at once. If I ever saw a solitary one as a child I always had to find another one.Enjoy your visit to the Lakes.

  3. Magpies are so cool looking. I wish we had them here.

  4. I used to sing this rhyme in my childhood... Lovely pictures of Magpies...

  5. Their secret is safe within their circle! I had not heard that rhyme, but there was something fascinating about seeing magpies when we were children. (ours were/are a bit different, but still that sharp black and white contrast). We don't see them in either of the places where we live now. Last place we did see many of them was in Alaska.

  6. What? You put birds on Our World Tuesday? I can't wait to see what you will put on WBW :) This is good, I love Magpies and your rhyme, which I have never heard ... maybe because I grew up in an area where there are no Magpies :) See you tomorrow, Stewart :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  7. I saw those while in Manly Beach! They're beautiful! Just starting to go through my pics...don't think I got one of these birds though....