Miles mentions the superstition in her other works. Our Southern Birds notes: "This habit of building in all sorts of odd places makes the Wren a veritable trickster Puck to superstitious people who think it is 'bad luck' if a bird builds in one's clothes. I have seen strong men turn pale and tremble on discovering a Wren's nest in some forgotten pocket or shoe" (24). She also refers to this superstition in The Spirit of the Mountains (99).