Every year, thousands of birds migrate to the UK for breeding and habitat preferences. One of the most fascinating visitors is the nightjar, which migrates from Africa and arrives in Britain for the summer months. The nightjar is interesting because of the folklore that’s associated with it and its distinctive song.
Mythological Birds is a segment that looks into the history of legendary birds from different cultures. The creatures that are featured in the series have either been imagined or are based around existing animals. For the opening segment, I’m looking at the Caladrius, a creature from Greek and Roman mythology. Associated with Christianity, the Caladrius is meant to have healing powers.
The UK is filled with all manner of birds, and they don’t come more popular than the robin. Named the national bird of Britain, robins are associated with Christmas and good cheer. Despite their small size, these tenacious birds are extremely territorial, defending their ranges with everything they have. Robins are ideal for representing the resiliency of Britain, so naturally you’ll want them in your garden. I’ve put together a guide on how you can attract a robin.
Birds play an important role within many cultures and they have a lot of prominence in Norse mythology. Perhaps the most famous examples are Huginn and Munnin, Odin’s ravens. The birds represent thought and memory, acting as Odin’s eyes into the other realms. Huginn and Munnin’s association with Odin points towards the wider view of ravens being intelligent birds. There’s a lot of interesting history surrounding the two ravens and the connection to Norse mythology.