The screech of a Barn Owl flying past the window of a sick person was seen as an omen of death.
The Barn Owl's screech was also regarded as a warning that a storm was at hand.
It was said that if you kept walking around an owl, it would keep turning its head until it had wrung its neck!
Raw owl's eggs were used as a sure-fire way to cure drunkenness. The ashes of cooked owl's eggs were used in potions to improve eyesight.
Owl broth was believed to cure Whooping-cough.
To see an owl is regarded as good luck in Northern England.
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