We are fast approaching Groundhog Day, so I thought I'd try to find a few superstitions about it.
The most surprising thing I found is that in the Ozarks and Ouachitas, Groundhog Day was believed to be February 14~the same day as Valentine's Day! Apparently, the official date of Groundhog Day was changed sometime after 1900. So, oldtimers don't pay much attention to what the groundhog does on February second~they keep a close eye on him on Valentine's Day.
Apparently, some believe that birds and rabbits begin their spring mating on February 14. And it is unlucky to eat rabbit after this date.
In case you'd like to keep up with Punxutawney Phil, here is a link to the official groundhog club. I think Phil is interesting, even if he is twelve days off of the 'official' Groundhog Day! I'm hoping he won't see his shadow on the 2nd or the 14th!