My Fauna Britannica tells me that:
— Swallow ‘is an ancient name, traceable back to Middle English and possibly originating in an earlier term for a “cleft stick”, a reference to the forked tail.’
— ‘In the south of Scotland … many a gardener will not sow peas until the Swallow has arrived’
— if Swallows ‘fly high, fine weather is assured’, so says ‘many a country sage’
— ‘to destroy a Swallow’s nest or kill the bird has been widely thought to bring ill luck’ – and, these days, is also illegal.
I hope you have Swallows soaring in your skies above!
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