According to folklore, the appearance of a crow could bring good or bad luck. Seeing a lone crow meant bad tidings were coming your way. Seeing two crows together promised good fortune for you.
Dogs were also seen as a way to tell future events. If a dog howled three times it meant someone you knew was going to die. It was also regarded as a very bad omen if a dog howled at night in or near a home where someone was sick. However, you could protect yourself from this particular death omen by turning over a shoe placed under the bed!
A bird flying into your home indicated that important news would be coming your way.
John is a producer, TV/radio presenter and writer living in Suffolk