Dead Birds - are they an omen or a curse?
During our recent holiday in Dorset we were staying in a rented house and one morning we were intrigued to see a dead bird perched on the railing which runs along the porch at the back of the house. It did not look injured and was certainly dead as it rocked when it was blown by the breeze. It almost looked as if someone had stuck a stuffed bird to the rail. What made the whole thing even more disconcerting was that the bird was facing directly towards our back door. The only logical explanation we could think of was that the bird had been poisoned and had nestled on the railing to die. (It had fallen onto the grass by the next day). On the other hand, it would be easy for anyone to get down into the garden via some steps which are not fenced off. However, it has made me wonder if there are any customs or omens relating to dead birds in this country. Does anybody know?