Birds as Omens and Signs

Updated on June 5, 2018
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.


For many centuries, our ancestors looked to nature to bring them important information on their health, love, prosperity, and more. Many civilizations believed in animal totems and relied heavily on the messages that birds brought to them, including Native Americans, the Celts, and many other cultures. Why not use the same methods as our ancestors and listen to what nature has to say to us?

In this article, we will learn how to look at birds as omens and signs and how to listen to the messages they bring us. We will examine the following birds and meanings:

Birds as Omens

  1. Crows, ravens, and blackbirds bring news of good passage and protection.
  2. Hawks represent clear-sightedness and vision.
  3. Owls are birds of ill omen.
  4. When a hummingbird hovers nearby, it means you are capable of achieving the impossible.
  5. A bird in the house means different things depending on the type and its behavior.
  6. When a bird flies in the window, you may encounter an obstacle in your life soon.
  7. If a bird follows you, it wants to be your guardian.
  8. Augury is using the flight patterns of birds to answer life questions.
  9. Dead birds represent metaphysical death and change.

Crows, Ravens, and Blackbirds


What Does It Mean If I See a Crow? Are Black Birds Bad Luck?

There is a superstitious misconception about black birds in much of Western society. Why is this? Is it simply because they are black and that color is often associated with evil? Or is it due to many years of stereotyping the crow or blackbird to be a witch's familiar? Either way, the black bird as death omen seems to be one that sticks out in many people's minds.

I have to disagree and state that the assumption that a black bird is an ill omen is false. Even the Native American medicine man Bobby Lake Thom, who wrote Spirits of the Earth: A Guide to Native American Nature Symbols, Stories, and Ceremonies, says that the black bird always has a message to bring and it usually is not a bad one. While the crow or blackbird can play the trickster, they are usually benevolent and bring news of good passage and protection. The black bird's reputation as a bad omen is not based in experience or fact.

The video below is one that I took of a black bird (I believe it's a raven, others tell me it's not) fighting off an attacking blue jay. I took this as a good sign, not bad. I had a great day and an even better week that week that I saw this huge black bird cross my path. I also immediately associated this omen (albeit a good omen) with the god Bran and the goddess Maeve . . . two deities that had been trying to get my attention for quite some time.

What If I See a White Bird? Is It a Curse or a Blessing?

Just as it is overly simplistic to equate black with bad, it might also be a mistake to associate white with good fortune. White doves often symbolize peace, joy, and love, white pigeons are linked to holiness or guardian spirits, and egrets are associated with prosperity. Pigeons and doves were also the only birds the ancient Hebrews believed were appropriate for sacrifice. On the other hand, many cultures equate the color white with death or emptiness.


One of the most powerful birds of prey, hawks have superior eyesight. Because of this, they symbolize vision, clear-sightedness, the big picture, and wisdom.

If a hawk lands near you or appears in dreams, a message is coming to let you know whether you are on the right path. Hawks are a call to take notice. Their appearance is considered to be a blessing.

Owls and Buzzards: Birds of Ill Omen?

The owl can symbolize various things, including a warning of death, wisdom, and mystery.
The owl can symbolize various things, including a warning of death, wisdom, and mystery. | Source

As much as I love and adore birds in the wild, is there such thing as a bird of ill omen? I absolutely hate admitting this fact, but I have to. I have personally experienced the owl as an ill omen and read about this in medicine men's writings. That was quite difficult for me to admit, as I am a big fan of owls. I find them to be beautiful and majestic creatures. However, every time my owl familiar has shown up at my home, within a week, one of my neighbors dies. So in my personal experience, the owl (no matter how lovely) is a bird of ill omen because it brings news of impending death.

In Eastern Europe, if an owl lands on a person's roof, it is said to portend a death in the home. Some Native medicine men say that the owl can be work for evil forces to spy on you or perform other evil tasks.

Another bird of ill omen, according to some Native American tribes, is the buzzard. While I have no personal experience with buzzards, many find that they bring news of blockages during travel and other aggravating circumstances. Is the buzzard a bird of ill omen to you? Or have they been a bird of protection? Messages can vary from individual to individual.

My familiar, Olly the Owl.
My familiar, Olly the Owl. | Source


Hummingbirds are impossibly strong, fast, and beautiful. They are revered for their speed and energy. If a hummingbird hovers nearby, or especially it one lands near you, it brings a message of joy and love. Native Americans associated hummingbird movement with a dance intended to bring balance to the world.

To learn more, read The Hummingbird Spirit Guide.

Other Types of Birds

There are so many other types of birds that might be trying to say something to you. To interpret the message they're bringing will require careful observation, research, and soul-searching.

Swallow, Woodpecker, and Blue Jay Spirit Guide Meanings

Bird Gods and Goddesses Associated With Birds of Flight

A Bird in the House

A bird in the house is not necessarily a bad omen.
A bird in the house is not necessarily a bad omen. | Source

What Does It Mean When a Bird Flies Into Your House?

An old wives' tales from the Ozarks and superstitions from other regions in the U.S. say that certain birds flying into the house are a bad omen, particularly turtledoves. But I say make your judgment from the situation and the circumstances that take place directly after the bird is in your home. And of course, by all means, set the little thing free!

  • Watch the bird. Is it trying to get free or is it looking around your house calmly?
  • What kind of bird is it? Could it be a bird that your ancestor or deceased loved one was a fan of? Maybe one of your loved ones is trying to send you a message.
  • Is it trying to get out? Maybe it's telling you to free yourself from the box you've put yourself in.
  • Not every feathered creature that flies in the house has to be an ill omen. It's similar to the death card in a deck of tarot cards, which can mean both a change or an end, but not necessarily a death. You don't have to take it in the literal sense. Maybe there's an underlying message to it that you didn't see at first.

The ibis is a representation of Thoth, the god of writing, mathematics, and creation.
The ibis is a representation of Thoth, the god of writing, mathematics, and creation.

Some people often wonder if certain actions by birds mean certain things. In my experience and opinion, the meaning may be specific to your life. Birds were known as messengers to the gods. They were said to bring messages to us from the other side. Here are some common bird omens and signs and their potential messages:

What If a Bird Flies in the Window?

When a wild bird flies into your car or house window and is knocked unconscious, it might die from the impact. This may be an omen that you believe you are getting somewhere in life, but that you will hit a wall soon. Don't worry, another window of opportunity will open. It can also be a sign that family turmoil is in store for the near future.

What If a Bird Follows You Home?

This is not necessarily an omen so much as an indication that this particular creature would like to be your friend. The bird that follows you home might actually be what we call your "spirit guide" or "totem." These can be anything from a crow to a pigeon. Research the mythology behind whatever bird is following you home and be open to the fact that this creature might be a guardian of one kind or another.

What Does It Mean If I Find a Feather?

Many regard bird feathers as gifts or signs from the gods. If you find a feather, it may be a message from your spirit guide or a deceased loved one. Read The Magic in a Feather to learn more.


Seagulls often bring messages from the sea . . . or the other side.
Seagulls often bring messages from the sea . . . or the other side. | Source

How Can You Use Birds as Omens?

Augury is the process of answering a question by studying the flight patterns and actions of birds. The ancient Celts used this technique, and so did some Native Americans. It involves listening to nature and being receptive to the messages it brings us. There are answers all around us, we just have to be open to hearing them.

To read the flight patterns or actions of a bird, you really have to use your personal intuition. Here's how to get started.

  1. Be in a relaxed state and gaze up into the sky. Wait for a flock of birds, or any birds at all, to fly by. Don't worry too much about it. Let the birds come to you spontaneously.
  2. Ask yourself some questions about the birds you see. Do you see a large number of birds, or just one? In what direction are they flying? North, south, east, or west? Are they flying steadily in one direction, or are they swirling about?
  3. Use your intuition to interpret the movements. What do these motions mean to you?

One evening I was driving home from work when I saw a flock of about 20 birds flying above my car, into the sunset. I had been reading birds' flight patterns for years, so it came naturally to simply look at their swirling flight (in and out of one another). To me, this meant that I was to experience some chaos at home that evening. While I won't go into detail, I most definitely did.

Reading birds' flight patterns is not difficult. You just have to be open-minded and willing to watch and listen, with both your intuition and soul. Augury is a wonderful tool for divination and for everyday life.

To learn more, read Augury: How to Read Birds and Their Flight Patterns.

Finding a Dead Bird

Vultures often scare people away, but they have a powerful message for all who want to hear. They show us that we can make life out of death...we can make good out of bad situations.
Vultures often scare people away, but they have a powerful message for all who want to hear. They show us that we can make life out of death...we can make good out of bad situations. | Source

What Does a Dead Bird Symbolize?

If you've seen a dead bird in the road, or perhaps accidentally hit a bird, it may feel like a bad sign. It may actually be a good sign, showing you that an end to turmoil or pain is coming. A dead bird doesn't necessarily portend physical death, but metaphorical death. Perhaps you're going through the heartache of a break-up. Perhaps you are struggling to find a job. This dead bird marks the end to your search and struggle. A new beginning is just around the corner.

Questions & Answers

© 2012 Nicole Canfield


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    Jannie J 7 days ago from N E Alabama

    I was woken up this morning by a loud tapping. I was surprised to find it was a Crow/Blackbird pecking at the window of my living room (very loudly). Which he did for probably 15-20 minutes. Squalking the entire time. Then moved to the door pecking on it. When I opened the door if flew a few feet and landed in my yard. There was another one with him but it stayed farther away. This bird has stayed in my yard and continued to squawk for over an hour now.

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    Miss Fox 10 days ago

    Hello there! I’m a firm believer in animal signs and their meaning. But I think you may have gotten the hawk and owl mixed up a bit.

    I have a hawk that visits me from time to time. Always the same hawk, and it always vanishes into thin air. The first time I saw it the thing flew down, looked me straight in the eyes, and made a hawk screech. It was fantastic and majestic! I turned to my husband to say “did you see that?!” But before I could say anything my phone went off.. it was my brother telling me my mother was in the hospital and they where trying to revive her. She was pronounced dead, but the doctors where able to revive her, thank goodness.

    I saw the hawk a few times after the first incident, and each time someone or something I was close to died or was near death and I was able to save them. ( the family dog and pet rabbit where saved. Thanks to the hawks warning)

    The hawk made me a believer, but I think the hawk brings a message of death, not clarity.

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    Nicole Canfield 3 weeks ago from Summerland

    Mary - Anyone can see anything on the internet and get anxiety about it. What affects you or others is their responsibility, not mine. In fact, it seems everyone gets offended or anxiety by things they read or see and want to blame other people for how they react.

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    Mary Shelly 3 weeks ago

    I think it’s extremely harmful to tell people that certain birds are bad omens. People who suffer with anxiety/depression can be very affected by things & when you say seeing an owl means someone will die, it can cause a lot of unnecessary panic. I’ve seen tons of owls. Years and years ago there was one that would sit on my house. Guess what, no one ever died, nothing bad ever happened. Stop spreading this kind of information to susceptible people.

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    David Helton 4 weeks ago

    So a baby crow is walking to our home and befriended me it refuses to leave but I fed and cared for it and it is taking a liking what does this mean

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    David Helton 4 weeks ago

    A baby crow has walked into my house through my garage and has befriended me I had fed him and have cared for him for the past 48 hours and he won't leave he actually will get up on my lap and snuggle with me what does this mean

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    Susan Justus 4 weeks ago

    Ok so on May 21, 2018 I hit a bird while driving and within a couple of miles down the road a coyote ran in front of me and then the next day I had a bird (Not sure what kind) land on my window at my house. What is going on? Is it good or bad?

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    maria heffner 4 weeks ago

    I had my front door open for my dogs to go in and out and a starling flies in.i decided no way I'm closing the front door and decided ok I'll just open are back one instead and what do you know another one same kind flies in the back and comes towards me in the living two birds in a day?hast to mean something..

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    Nicole Canfield 5 weeks ago from Summerland

    patbrax - She's letting you know she's happy!

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    patbrax 5 weeks ago

    Hello, my Mother pass and a red cardindal peak at the window everyday then it stop for awhile until a friend move out of there so now the bird back again, I am thinking it is my mom letting me know something. please let me know as well

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    Maurice Glaude 5 weeks ago from Mobile, AL

    As I'm reading this I'm marveled at how I can remember so many strange bird encounters. Although this one isn't so strange, the one that really sticks out is hearing several owls hooting near my window. While in my area I'm sure there are plenty of owls but I found it strange to hear them so loudly near my window for many consecutive nights. I have yet to get a glimpse of one of the owls. I'm sure they are extremely camouflaged. As of today I rarely hear them anymore.

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    Riri11 8 weeks ago

    I seen a crow eating another Bird dose this mean anything?

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    jnf88 8 weeks ago

    I had a dream that I woke up to birds in my home. I wasn't sure how they got inside but I tried taking them outside by carrying them in my hands one at a time. I realized that there were several more birds inside my home, of different variations. I even saw a very colorful parrot. What was strange was, none of them were flying out of the open door and in fact, some were following behind me on foot right in front of my cats! When I had my back turned to help another bird get outside, one of my cats ate one. I tried desperately to get him to spit the bird out but it was too late.

    Birds have always been symbolic to me and I truly believe this dream has a spiritual meaning but I don't know what. Please help, thank you.

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    Brandieu 2 months ago

    Thank you for reposing. I actually do feel like change is coming. By the way good news shortly after I got off the computer I went outside and saw the pigeon get up and fly on top of the roof. The crow then flew away! I’m glad she didn’t die. What do you think that means?

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    Nicole Canfield 2 months ago from Summerland

    Possibly the end to some phase of your life.

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    Brandieu 2 months ago

    Today I was standing outside my office talking to another person when all the sudden we heard a crash. Then feathers flying around. Then a pigeon fell to the ground from up high. A crow deliberately ran into it and attacked it. The bird did not move for quite sometime then I managed to move itself to the back of my office and is just barely breathing with its eyes closed. What a tramatic expereience for everyone involved. I hate to just leave her there to die as the crows are circling around the area. This is the second time I have encountered a bird being stunned and winded. The first one took off and flew away after it crashed into my window. But this one seemed violent and now near death. Does this mean something?

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    Esmeralda Camacho 2 months ago

    i hv have e been scared to go outside my house because I see birds every where I go pigeons ,then what seems to be a white and grey dove will circle my area and tell the black crow shows up and a little brown bird will show up to my gate why r they following me and the black crow seems to be following my daughter at school

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    Bilikisdindi 2 months ago

    What is the meaning of two birds fighting in front of my room.

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    Nicole Canfield 2 months ago from Summerland

    Rosemary - It's possible, but typically cardinals are representative of joy and romantic love.

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    RoseMary Ruiz 2 months ago

    For four years now two red cardinals have been trying to get into my house. Well ten years ago my father passed away of cancer after many months of me taking care of him. Then last year my older brother died of cancer as well as well I took care of him to. Are they trying to tell me there together or are they trying to prepare me for my younger sisters death we’re she has cancer very bad as well now each of my sibling is passing away of cancer out of 24 there is only 8 of us left now I’m the oldest. As well the only one whom was in the military as a nurse. Could they be preparing me for her next. So I don’t take it so hard as I did with them.

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    jo375 3 months ago

    I had a small sparrow in my house this morning. It was behind the blind trying to get out. But calm. I went and got a towel and tried to help him. I raised the blind and was just about to get him and my cat came from no where, snatched him up, and ran off with him. She is hiding nkw so I assume she ate him. Is there any message to be seen in this?timenks for your time.

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    LissetteLissie 4 months ago

    I had a weird dream last night. I dreamt that one of my sons told me there was a bird trying to crack an egg, maybe its own. Yet, in my dream, I could see this with my own eyes. For some reason, I knew the bird needed me. I searched everywhere. I found the bird, buried in dirt/soil in my living room. But when I dug it up it was headless but somehow breathing heavily. I picked it up and held it in my arms towards my left shoulder. Why I ran frantically to find its head but then I woke up. Sidenote : My two sons are in their twentys and live with my teenage daughter and me. Also, all my life I have been able to approach any bird and pick it up... pigeons, doves, ducks, etc. They aren't afraid of me. Also, Animals tend to find me, come to my house... to die. Yes, they come to me and I can tell immediately why they are there. My kids know this too. I'm like a hospice nurse to them. I make them comfortable and they will die in my arms. They'll even be home for a few days and will wait for me to get home from work.. but they hold on until they can die in my arms. I pray for them as they go and I can feel life leaving them.... I know what death feels like. I'm here because I can't really ask any one else. I moved three months ago. No animals have found me here so far. I also had another dream of fishes. Their fish tank broke in a storm and I was trying to save them through it. I feel there is a connection. Can anyone here help me decipher the message?

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    Eric D Stone 4 months ago

    Ok i came. Home today and found a. Dead black bird right in the center of my garage. Door on the outside what does this mean?

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    Lorelei Cohen 4 months ago from Canada

    I have long held a fascination for crows. They are so intelligent and it shows in their eyes. A few years ago I saw a totem article on birds and it turns out that the crow is mine. I always knew we were connected.

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    NickNoo 4 months ago

    I have recently had two incidents with black starlings whilst driving and I can’t shake the feeling that there is a message in it somewhere. In the first one, the bird was sitting in the middle of the road and as I drove towards it I expected it to take flight. It didn’t and I drove up to it and slammed on brakes when it didn’t move. I passed right over it and it flew away unharmed from underneath my car. A couple of days later I saw the same type of bird rocketing towards my window out of the corner of my eye as I was driving almost causing me to duck at the moment of impact. It swerved away at the last split second and avoided hitting my window. Both incidents really left me wondering but I can’t find any information that helps me interpret what it could mean!

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    Nicole Canfield 4 months ago from Summerland

    Hi Michelle. Sparrow symbolizes working in a group/family, achieving one's goals, and creativity. Perhaps your ancestors are telling you that you need to reconnect with someone in the family that could help you grow/expand in life?

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    michelle 4 months ago from miami, oklahoma

    My mother passed away September 25 after a long illness. She was blessed to be buried where she grew up under a tree her and my dad used to make out under. The land where she grew up was bought and her house was tore down and turned into a veterans cemetery. Since my dad is a veteran she was buried there and he gave a generous donation so that she could be buried there. The tree even symbolizes two trunks woven together. Anyways there's a cedar tree that is growing almost off of it and I wanted to cut it down cause I felt like it took away from the tree but my dad wanted to keep it so we could decorate it for Christmas. A couple of days ago I went to collect the ornaments and after I finished I noticed a dead sparrow right underneath the cedar tree. I immediately knew it meant something, but I'm not sure what. I've done some research on the meaning of a dead sparrow but don't know if the location I found it has more meaning to it. The sparrow was almost in a sitting position. Any insight on this would be greatly appreciated.

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    Anita Hasch 5 months ago from Port Elizabeth

    Love you hub Kitty. Birds are so fascinating. Every year when the birds come and make nests in the mulberry tree I am amazed at the knowledge they have to build their nests so perfect.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 months ago from Summerland

    comadrama - No, I would say it's not typical behavior for birds, but that is amazing! You have a connection with nature. Study the birds and their symbolism.

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    comadrama666 6 months ago

    hey I have a quick question. I have a grandmother that was psychic and Just recently found this out and it has made a lot of sense in my life ( I always assumed but never had solid proof ) Now. I have been hearing birds talk to me ever since my girlfriend broke up with me and I wasn't able to find a situation similar to mine. I was able to convince a pigeon to leave it's flock and follow me by raising my arm up I didn't touch the bird and I am pretty sure that it went back to it's flock afterwards but I was wondering if this was typical behavior?

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    Nicole Canfield 6 months ago from Summerland

    Mike - Awesome! Yes, the ibis is one of my guardians.

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    Mike Jude 6 months ago

    Wow this is crazy. I am constantly followed by the Ibis bird and always jokingly said that meant Thoth was watching over me and I come to find out that’s really what an Ibis bird represents.. I was speechless. I could send you a couple odd videos of Ibis birds near me, I knew there was something up!!!! I am half Irish although I’m sure it has nothing to do with my experiences. I have to employ what you wrote about augury into my life I never knew about it but had it happen multiple times where I was sitting outside and happened to be doing a math equation and then a second after I get the answer, that exact number of birds would go directly above my head almost always in a V pattern. Always white birds too but can’t tell if they’re Ibis from that far. There’s a lot going on here. ALOT.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 months ago from Summerland

    SanchSri - I am sorry, I am not familiar with this bird. I would suggest looking up the bird's symbolism/meaning and also its habitat, what it eats, its behavior, etc. in order to understand what the bird is trying to tell you. But if I had to take a guess, I would say the single bird is telling you that you can be happy alone, as well.

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    SanchSri 6 months ago

    The bird name is Bank Myna indian species

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    SanchSri 6 months ago

    Dear Nicole, I have been repeatedly seeing the single bird of the species "one for sorrow two for joy" bird since last few days. It has almost become haunting as everytime i expect to see 2 birds but get to see single bird. What does this mean?

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    Thalia Jasmin 8 months ago from Italy

    I'll look up. Thanks!

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    Nicole Canfield 8 months ago from Summerland

    Thalia - Look up the warbler. It seems like it's trying to be your spirit guide.

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    Thalia Jasmin 8 months ago from Italy

    No sorry in the dream was more like a warbler

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    Thalia Jasmin 8 months ago from Italy

    I had a dream tonight about a black and blue bird who was watching me and I was trying to touch/communicate with him.

    Then, today, something happened and I had to walk in a street that I never walk in, and at the last moment I saw this black and white with a blue tail magpie who was watching me, I went really close to him and he didn't fly away, he just stayed there watching me, while I was trying to touch him or communicate somehow. After five minutes I ran home to take some bread to give him, but when I was going away I saw him flying. I went home, and then when I came back the bird was gone.

    What does this could mean?

    P.S: in the dream it wasn't a magpie, but a more like a mockingbird

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    dracer66 9 months ago

    Is this working. Thought I had left a comment

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    dracer66 9 months ago

    Someone has left dead birds laid out in a pattern in my fenced back yard. They were laid out in a pattern of bird bamboo stick flower bamboo stick bird. Anyone know of any significance

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    dracer66 9 months ago

    someone on purpose has left dead birds in my fenced back yard. The first time they were laid out in a fashion with bamboo sticks. I would appreciate any info on this matter

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    Conflagration 10 months ago

    I have been reading these articles all day, taking notes, trying to learn as much as i can, and am loving the feeling of reading something i feel so strongly toward, and was thinking maybe you can help me. As child, i was followed by groups of 2 or 3 birds that i can remember being crows. On another article i read of yours, you were saying it could be a god/goddess showing signs, and it got me thinking about The Morrigan. As soon as the thought popped in my head i felt a strong buzzing in my chest, and am curious if it means anything. I dont have much experience with this, except for a friend who's family was wiccan and let me attend a hallows eve ritual with his family. so any input would be awesome. My apologies if anything in this is confusing, and thank you in advance.


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    SashasMum 11 months ago from Orange County, CA

    Thank you, Nicole (Kitty) for answering my question on dead birds. I found it impossible to link my reply to my question or your answer. Thanks again.

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    balimay koncelies 11 months ago

    so a few days ago i was leaving my house as i lock the door up a blue jay was on my railing 5 in from my arm standing ther looking at me then just flies away today i believe it was the same blue jay because it was out on the deck not afraid of the people sitting down it literally flies toward them looking then to me not afraid im wandering what this means

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    Duane Townsend 11 months ago from Detroit

    This is an illuminating read Nicole. Thanks.

    I once had a hawk overshadow me on a morning walk. It was an exhilarating experience.

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    Nicole Canfield 11 months ago from Summerland

    SashasMum - Maybe they feel you are a guide and that's why they come to your yard. I don't think you're crazy, I think you're awake to a world that most people ignore or don't see.

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    SashasMum 11 months ago from Orange County, CA

    Too many birds die near me; the latest was a gorgeous young female oriole who took three days to die. She passed away last night right outside my bedroom window. I tried to help her but she didn't accept. I also have hummingbirds who die, doves, butterflies, and goldfinches in my yard. It slays me when it happens as I absorb their pain and have grief. Sometimes, I feel their struggle, sometimes I do not. The few people I have shared this with think I am crazy.

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    Van Anh Nguyen 12 months ago from Viet Nam

    Thanks. Interesting things.

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    Naomibarrett 12 months ago


    Whilst walking my dog today I had a swallow flying in front of me several times.. it would swoop in front as if trying get my attention! Wonderful to see, but made me think what could it mean?

    I've been asking for guidance recently is this my answer?

    Thank you.

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    chahna 12 months ago

    I found a baby eagle or similar to an eagle , wounded , one wing damaged unable to fly , right in my courtyard . What does that signify ?

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    Sarahmaude 12 months ago

    Dear Nicole, while walking through the woods today a hawk dropped a dead bird directly in front of me. It flew back and forth in front of my path before doing so. I believe the dead bird was a dove or pigeon. Would you consider this a good or bad omen? Or just one of those strange things.

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    Magni patel 12 months ago

    thanks, Nicole for helping me out:)

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    Nicole Canfield 12 months ago from Summerland

    Magni - An oriole is a wonderful sign. Maryland's state bird, I believe. It means new opportunities and caring for oneself.

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    Magni patel 12 months ago

    Dear Nicole,

    Is oriole bird signs a good omen..and which omen it signifies?

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    Nicole Canfield 12 months ago from Summerland

    Kate - I should, you're right. Lately I've been immersed in the world of Swiss and German deities, as most of my DNA comes from those countries but I am a bit Irish too. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Katie Wistow 12 months ago from The Otherworld.

    Nicole - she is my favourite goddess and I read a great book about her yesterday she use to also be called Anand,I think the Morrigu was certainly circling you,you should study her.

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    Magni patel 13 months ago

    Hi Nicole,

    today around 7 pm a pigeon sat nearby my window were silently looking at me continuously..almost for 4-5minutes, even though I'm just near by my window and to that pigeon, presence of mine didn't afraid him and I strongly felt like that the pigeon wants to tell me a message, what's the omen behind this.

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    Natasha Andrews 13 months ago from Atlanta

    Today was the second day in a row a baby bird has came inside my house while the balcony door was open. So this two day experience prompted me to look for some clues as to why this happened. Not sure if it is the same exact bird, as it looked the same, but it hopped in turned around and hopped out!

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    Nicole Canfield 13 months ago from Summerland

    kate - It's funny you bring up the Morrigan, because just yesterday 6 crows showed up to me and I thought The Morrigan is trying to get my attention.

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    Katie Wistow 13 months ago from The Otherworld.

    One of my favourite films how to make an American quilt is about the crow leading you to your soulmate, in two important moments in the film a woman is led to her soulmate by following a crow.I think of the crow as a bird of prophecy,intuition and death.I have read quite alot on Morrigan and Badb as crow connected goddesses and I think in those myths the crow is a prophet of doom.I prefer the idea of it leading you to your true fate.

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    Dasia 13 months ago from North Carolina

    There is all types of birds in my area in the morning. Woodpeckers usually starts at 6 am sometimes earlier and the chirping birdies start their chirping between 4 am and 5 am. Article was interesting and gave a new insight to what Crows and Ravens are about and what they may mean when spotted.

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    Anita Hasch 13 months ago from Port Elizabeth

    Such a interesting subject Kitty. A small bird flew into the house yesterday, but flew out straight away

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    Jana Olsanska 13 months ago

    My 3 years old son has found dead brown bird in the middle of kids rollercoaster on Monday.......his grandmother died on Friday.

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    Rachael Lefler 16 months ago from Illinois

    Odin had two ravens who circled the world giving him information about everything. Once it was said that one found the corpses of the slain and another found the corpses of people who died by hanging. Probably comes from the association of ravens and crows with eating the dead. This association I think means if a raven or crow shows up it's a good sign. There will be a positive "eating the dead" as in letting go of old things that are keeping you stuck in a negative pattern, making room for new life as crows do in nature. It could also mean a protective spirit is sending a raven to check on you, so it means your prayers will be answered soon.

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    Anita Hasch 16 months ago from Port Elizabeth

    Very interesting hub. I always felt that a bird flying into the house, meant luck. A white owl sat on our gate just before he died, but he was terminally ill, so it was expected. I hear a owl calling sometimes in the night, but I think it is only when you see one that it means death.

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    Sherrill Layton 17 months ago from Misgav

    Thanks for the article :)

    Found a dead Northern House-Martin yesterday and later had a tooth extraction that I thought was would be just a re-filling—to both, a gentle goodbye...

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    Rishi Rj 20 months ago

    A not_so_large & not_very_small black color bird flew in through the half-open window of my room in the morning today.It so happened that,when i got up,I found this bird fluttering between the curtains.Though my other roomie was sleeping just beside me and i even woke her up to show the bird,she didn't get up.So,I watched her for shewas trying to find a way out and I thought of taking the help of watchman to help it out of the room.My other roomie was out on phone and i warned her not to enter the room or else she would freak out.I went to have my breakfast and returned back to find it the same way.But after 1-2 min it finally flew away.I called my other roomie inside and told her about this.

    Well,unlike the otger two I couldn't help but find if there were any omens or supernatural beliefs attached to such events.Please help me to know.

    This page is really interesting.I gpt to know about it today & I signed up asap.Would love to more stuffs like this.

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    darlene wolfe 21 months ago

    Birds have always been a kinship of spirit for me. Just recently a dear friend Barb had passed on from cancer. She truly was an inspiration and lived life on her terms even til the last days of her life here on this earth plane. Her Art was always an expression of her journey.

    When she passed several friends and I went to her favorite place at the waters edge in Coney Island NY. In her honor I brought with me several rocks, markers and kids stickers to decorate as we sat in a local diner talking about her and memories we shared. On these rocks we wrote messages to her or drew hearts, flowers ect. what ever came to mind for each person thinking of Barb.

    After we went to the waters edge with adorned rocks in our pockets. I went to the sand and started to draw a huge spiral and placed a white and black feather in the center. I asked everyone to place their rocks any where they felt around this spiral thinking of Barb.

    After we gathered our hands together and I read out loud a Cherokee Prayer

    for her. We cried , hugged and started to dance around this mandala form knowing Barb's Spirit was present.

    We left knowing it would all be washed away giving this energy of Love for Her to the ocean of the infinite.

    The next morning I woke early for work and decided to make some scrambled eggs. I went down the hallway and upon reaching the kitchen startled to find a Starling Bird perched on the kitchen chair!!

    Then I quickly smiled ear to ear and said out loud "Wow Barb your quick to let me know your just fine sweetie~love you too Sista"

    I proceeded towards the window as the bird flew around by my presents and opened it. Within a few moments the Starling found the window and flew out unto the morning sunshine.

    So Blessed by her presence of Spirit through this Starling and felt in my heart her love and winks letting me know she is at peace.

    Feel free to see some of Barb's art of inspiration on her website.

    Peace & Blessings

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    Sensites58 22 months ago

    I was parked @ the beach in my van reading after which I go for a swim. I kept noticing that passers by on the shore directly in front of me would stop or pause while looking down. I could not see what they were looking at from my vantage point so after I finished reading I investigated for myself. An adult seagull was lying there with his wings partially spread and not moving from his spot despite the frequent people passing by. It appeared as if his breathing was labored or that would have been my assessment had the energy been human and not avian. As a spiritual man I believe all is a manifestation of GOD at the same time being acutely aware of the natural circle of life, I briefly questioned if I should intervene or just observe. My thought processes shifted into drive and I grabbed my towel and cradled the bird in the towel and carried it away from the surf and placed it under a lifeguard stand. Shortly after many crows, pigeons and other seagulls begin to encircle the dieing bird. I am not certain why but I was moved to place the bird with the beach towel in the van and I forgoed the swim and brought the bird home. I found online the appropriate steps for immediate care of wild birds and followed the steps. I secured a med/large cardboard box, placed a folded towel @ the bottom and cut air holes in the box. Outside of my loving wife performing reiki on the gull we left the bird alone. After about 90' my wife and I's sense came to fruition and the seagull left the physical realm. My wife was in the process of returning the gull to the beach when we found that it was only the avian vessel left in the box and it's spirit was soaring to new heights. Again, I am not certain why but I suggested instead of returning the gull back to the ocean we instead bury it in a corner of the yard. My wife concurred and offered prayers while I dug a hole. I too offered prayers out into the universe remembering people in my life whom are near the end of the cycle of this life that we all will experience and have and will experience again. I find myself contemplating the Life force and the Source of energy that animates all of creation and where might that spark of energetic force that left that seagull this morning go and what it might become. Truly we exist in a Convoluted Universe.Be well and Love. Blessings my Brothers my Sisters.

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    Nonya Mouni 2 years ago

    I live in South East Texas, and it's been flooding and completely saturated with all the rain we've been getting.

    I've recently become friendly with the crow, they walk by me and stare at me at work , and their antics make me laugh.

    This morning, heading to work, I had a cardinal try to get in my car. A very wet cardinal. It didn't run into my window, It looked like it was trying to get in. It looked tired, also. By time I went to put my window down, it flew off, and then reappeared at my rear window, the light turned green and I had to go. I saw it fly to the grassy side along the highway, and I do hope it's ok.

    What could this mean?

    I've heard they are good luck, bring messages from dead loved ones, etc. But all I saw in the moment was a very wet and tired bird trying to get dry.

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    Jenkyn 2 years ago

    Katie the dreamer do you know of any reliable wiccan spell websites thank you for your time

    - darkstar

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    Scorpio1667 2 years ago

    Hello! I have a problem at home. My father is an alcoholic and seems very depressed too, things have been incredibly ugly for a very long time in my house, yelling, leaving, coming back, screaming almost everyday. We are all miserable because of his problem. Anyway, he is relly sick, doesnt even eat food, sleeps all the time, drinks throws up, and again, hes getting paranoid, dosnt like any human being. He is a good person, alcohol ruined his life and everything, nobody wont even tlk to him anymore, we all went crazy here, and a few days ago i went to talk to him i couldnt take it anymore. He started crying and saying hes a bad person and is so sorry and sick and stuff, it was probably the worst day of my life and i had a lot of those, and i was tryin to convince him to go to a clinic and stuff and anyway at some point i go next door and i start crying. I felt weak, so tired, so desperate for help. I didnt know what to do, i started praying. I dont even know if i believe in god. I really talked to him though, i felt like i was talking to somebody, i was really desperate, i needed an answer, i asked him for a sign, something a sign to understand what to do, what should i do. And suddenly right away or in a minute i dont remember a bird comes in tgrough the window right next to me. It came like somebidy threw it inside, it was a small brown i think bird, it was desperate to leave or something, started flying around the kitchen where i was and hiting constantly on walls, then flew in the living room, our dog then starts to chase it, and its trying to escape to find an exit it flies back and goes straight to the room my dad was sleeping and finds the exit through th window there right away!

    That never happened before, and i somehow i felt that a bird must be a sign. An i read everywhere there may be an ill person in house and possibly die? Although i forgot at that moment that i asked for a sign from god, i just realised that and im asking you. You think that was a sign? And what did the birds behaviour mean?

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    Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from Summerland

    Snakesmum - I like that you looked at it with a positive twist. And no, I don't believe your grandmother's death was a coincidence.

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    Snakesmum 2 years ago

    Interesting hub. I remember years ago, in the UK, a robin red-breast flew into our house. My mother was very upset, because to her it was an omen of a death in the family. Sure enough, within a few days, we heard that our grandmother had died. Co-incidence? Who knows.

    This morning, I found a dead bird in my garden, and I'm seeing it as an end to a bad health period I've just been through, which is now good.

    I'm always feeding birds in my garden, btw.

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    Elysia Valdivia 2 years ago from Loveland, Colorado

    Thank you for this! I love Ravens!

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    Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from Summerland

    Introchannel - thanks so much!

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    Introchannel 2 years ago

    Interesting. I like the bit on the black birds.

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    Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from Summerland

    Felisa - Thanks for sharing!

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    Felisa Daskeo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    This is very interesting. In my country, black hawks are bad luck birds. In my hometown, people believe that when an owl suddenly appears, someone will die. When the birds are singing around, it means a bright day ahead. Thanks for sharing this awesome hub.

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    Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from Summerland

    Hi, Joyce.

    It sounds to me like you might already have it figured out, without realizing it. These three birds do seem like they were trying to grab your attention..they're bringing you a message. I think you already know what it is...sounds like an opportunity is knocking on your door...and maybe you're unsure as to whether you should answer it but these birds are saying that you are ready and it is time!

    Hope this helps a little. :)

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    Joyce0987 2 years ago

    Hi Kitty,

    I hope you can help give me some insight into some encounters I've had with birds lately. Over the last couple of weeks I've had some interesting encounters with birds (3 in total so far).

    The first time, I was camping on a beautiful island on the BC coast (Canada) and was packing up my camping gear and a little bird - maybe a wren - was relentlessly flying around my feet in a way that almost jeopardized his safety if I wasn't careful. It struck me as really odd and unusual behaviour for a bird and my first reaction was that he was injured and couldn't fly away, but as strange as it sounds my feeling was that he was trying to get my attention. I don't think he was injured - he eventually flew away.

    My second encounter was a couple of days ago when I was walking outside from work to the room where I stay (I work in a northern Alberta camp) and another small bird (no idea what kind) was flying around me and not away from me, which would be the norm. Again, the behaviour seemed odd and my impression was that he was trying to get my attention.

    And yesterday (my third encounter) a bird flew into the flight centre where I work with several other people (it's a camp version of an airport where we fly workers home after their rotation is complete). This bird was a bit larger than the other birds and was more colourful. But the strange thing was, he flew past everyone else and up to me, then turned around and flew away. He eventually was set free but again, it struck me as odd.

    A couple of things I should point out: My job is ending in September and I've been considering becoming an entrepreneur again. I am a writer and life skills coach and have been on a self-prescribed sabbatical for three years but have been considering entering back into the field of counseling and writing but have doubts and fears that I can't seem to move through.

    Any insight you can give me would be much appreciated. Thanks Kitty.

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from Summerland

    Ruby - I agree...I've had similar experiences. Though I love owls, they seem to bring warnings of impending death. Perhaps they aren't like this for everyone though. Thanks for reading!

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    Maree Michael Martin 3 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

    The owl death warning omen has come true around us a number of times. People we knew were dying and 3 owls every night warble in the trees very close to us until we've heard that the loved one has passed. Then they return to keeping there distance and moving farther away when we come outside.

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from Summerland

    Andy - I don't get the feeling that the previous owner's wife has anything to do with what you've been feeling lately. I've found that when crows come around they are either giving a warning or they are telling me to pay attention to the more hidden things in life. Perhaps you have a spirit following you that is trying to get your could very well be your spirit guide...a benevolent spirit who is trying to help you get in touch with your spirituality. Just my thoughts, but I could be wrong. Good luck!

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    Andy Hochman 3 years ago

    We just bought a house, have not moved in yet. I have been painting the entire interior. The previous owners, (wife) was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She passed away fairly quick. I noticed after the first few days of painting, when i was in the garage mixing paint, i would hear a noise from upstairs like the paint roller sliding against the wall and falling on the floor, just a real weird energy feeling.. Okay, for my entire life i have not really given much thought to things like this... my wife came in and lit white candles and burned sage throughout the house. For a week things went along smooth with me going after work to paint for a few hours. Last night, i hung light fixtures back up. I had the light on in the hallway and was deciding if i liked the yellow or the whiter light.... anyway, i went to the garage to get more hardware to install the doors and when i came back in the light was off, i had the bad energy feeling again. I know that something is up.. I continued to hang the last door and then started to clean and move all the buckets and brushes out to the garage. the door from the house to the garage had been open since i arrived. when i walked into the garage there were 2 black what i assumed to be birds flying in a circle and then out the big garage door. i dint see clearly that they were birds since it happened so fast but they were bird size and black. The garage is finished, its bright and white, no rafters showing....what the heck is going on??? what do the birds mean??

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    brandy1521 3 years ago

    what does it mean if you find a dead black bird in the back yard and it is picked clean and an organ is laying beside it. (looks like a heart to me but im not sure)

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks to Mike beet.

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from Summerland

    Kristen - Doves are usually symbols of peace in the home and in families and also love. Canaries - joy!

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    Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

    Great hub, Kitty! Fascinating information on birds. My mother loved owls, as I love doves and canaries. What do they bring? This is a fascinating subject matter.

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    Mick Bert 3 years ago from Australia

    Great hub...

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from Summerland

    I believe every bird has a different message based on the individual. Now some of them can be similar but you really have to determine what the bird is trying to convey to you in the long run. :)

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    Mary Norton 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Two weeks ago, an ibis enthralled us beach walkers with its feeding frenzy. It was quite an experience to watch. But what if a bird hits the window as it flies, drops down and then recover seconds later?

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from Summerland

    Lefty Jay - Not all birds' messages are ominous...sometimes they serve as a warning and in many cases warnings can be a good thing, right?

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    Chris Powell 3 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Very ominous, I had a feeling that birds were related to omens. I had a few childhood experiences that were creepy and involved birds as well.

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks for reading!

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    luisj305 3 years ago from Florida

    This was very interesting, especially since I've had several visiting bird omens this week... thanks for sharing!

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    Mike Tobiah 3 years ago from Scranton, PA

    Very interesting read Kitty! I myself have has experiences with crows. It has always seemed to me that when I'm in some sort of spiritual transition or trouble they arrive. They seem to go when I'm not having issues. I've always been confused on whether this was a good or bad thing.

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    Vinny88 3 years ago

    I am 26 weeks pregnAnt with my first and I'm 37 years old. The other day as I open the back door to check kn my parrot pet a small black bird flew in straight to my room.i went got a broom to chase it out but it looked like it didn't know where to escape ! Does it mean anything ! Finally it flew to the kitchen and out the front sliding door!

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    OnAngelsWings 3 years ago from Southern United States

    My late husband was a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. The house that the kids and I moved to after his death has families of cardinals everywhere. There is one in particular that comes to visit every morning without fail. When I was talking about this I was informed that many people believe the cardinal represents a lost loved one and that this may be him letting me know he's still with us.


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