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Birds as Omens and Signs

Updated on November 9, 2017
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Kitty has had paranormal experiences her entire life. These experiences have fueled her passion to write about all things supernatural.

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For many centuries, our ancestors looked to nature to bring them important information on their health, love, prosperity, and more. Many of our ancestors relied heavily on the messages that birds brought to them, including Native Americans, the Celts, and many more 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 that they bring to 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 bird 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

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Blackbird Misconceptions

There is a misconception about black birds in much of Western society. Why is this? Is it simply because black birds are black and the color black seems to be 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 omen seems to be one that sticks out in many people's minds when hearing the words "birds as omens".

I have to disagree and state that this black bird omen being an ill omen is an incorrect thought. Even the Native American medicine man Bobby Lake Thom who wrote "Spirits of the Earth" states that the black bird always has a message to bring, and it usually is not an ill omen. While the crow or black bird 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 and not a black bird omen. 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 black bird 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.

Hawks

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: 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 a bird of 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

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.

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 to Do if a Bird Flies Into the House

An old wives' tales from the Ozarks and other regions in the U.S. say that certain birds flying into the house are a bad omen, particularly turtle-doves. 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 bird 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 through this bird.
  • Is it trying to get out? Maybe it's telling you to free yourself from the box you've put yourself in.
  • Not every bird 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:

A Bird Flies in the Window

When a 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.

A Bird Follows You Home

This is not necessarily an omen so much as an indication that this particular bird would like to be your friend. The bird that follows you home might actually be what we call your "spirit guide" or "totem." These birds 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 bird might be a guardian of one kind or another.

Augery

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

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.

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.

© 2012 Nicole Canfield

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    Thalia Jasmin 5 weeks ago from Italy

    I'll look up. Thanks!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 weeks ago from the Ether

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

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    Thalia Jasmin 5 weeks ago from Italy

    No sorry in the dream was more like a warbler

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    Thalia Jasmin 5 weeks 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 2 months ago

    Is this working. Thought I had left a comment

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    dracer66 2 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 2 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 3 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.

    -alex

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    SashasMum 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 months ago from the Ether

    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 4 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 5 months ago from Viet Nam

    Thanks. Interesting things.

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    Naomibarrett 5 months ago

    Hi!

    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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago

    thanks, Nicole for helping me out:)

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    Nicole Canfield 5 months ago from the Ether

    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 5 months ago

    Dear Nicole,

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

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    Nicole Canfield 5 months ago from the Ether

    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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago from the Ether

    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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 13 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 14 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.

    http://www.fiercerelease.com

    Peace & Blessings

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    Sensites58 14 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 17 months 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 19 months ago

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

    - darkstar

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    Scorpio1667 19 months 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 23 months ago from the Ether

    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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    Jean DAndrea 23 months ago from Victoria, Australia

    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 the Ether

    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 the Ether

    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 the Ether

    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 2 years ago from the Ether

    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 2 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 2 years ago from the Ether

    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 attention...it 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago from the Ether

    Thanks to Mike beet.

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    Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from the Ether

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

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    Kristen Howe 2 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 2 years ago from Australia

    Great hub...

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    Nicole Canfield 2 years ago from the Ether

    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 2 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 2 years ago from the Ether

    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 2 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 2 years ago from the Ether

    Thanks for reading!

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    luisj305 2 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 2 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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    Raimer Gel 3 years ago

    Interesting. Birds can affect the way we live. But in this century, does that still make sense?

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    Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

    Kitty, I agree with you on owls -- they are majestic and beautiful, always a sign of good things for me. The Hawk is one of my totems and quite often brings me a message. When I am working with my spiritual mentor a Hawk will often swoop down towards me and back up high when I need an answer. Birds are wonderful and they each have their own way of connecting us to Nature and our Self. I so enjoyed reading this hub, thank you for writing it. Voted up and sharing.

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    The Examiner-1 3 years ago

    I have been watching birds for years and never connected good or bad luck with them. I once was in my yard watching my birds feeding when a Red-tailed Hawk landed on my garage roof. It sat there for several minutes and I sensed no problem with it or the other birds. Birds have always been from adorable to beautiful in my eyes.

    I think that it is only our own inner intuition/third eye which tell us when something will happen, not the birds.

    I found your Hub interesting though and gave it thumbs up.

    Kevin

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    Cadyn - From my research parrots symbolize protection but they also symbolize communication and reflection of one's own self. I'm not sure that it has anything to do with your chance of being pregnant or getting a new job, but if you feel like the parrot's appearance is good luck or a good sign, then it is. :)

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    Cadyn Wallace 3 years ago

    I found an Amazon Parrot waiting for me when I got home the other day. I think he's someone's pet because he's too friendly to be wild. Plus, parrots aren't native to my state. His appearance has had me wondering about a deeper meaning. He's currently living in my house and I'm trying to find the owner, but so much has been going on in my life. I wanted to know if he is a sign of something good? Lately, I've been wondering if I could be pregnant, but I'm also interviewing for a really important job this week. Do you have any ideas?

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    skimmie 3 years ago

    Yesterday while at work (I do commercial painting so we go from job site to job site) I was up on the 9th floor of the building. I wanted to check out the view (watching planes at the airport nearby) so I walked over to the window in a random office. I looked down and noticed a black bird (not sure what kind exactly) ...he was perched maybe a level below on part of the roof. He then flies up to my window and just hovers-looking at me....and flies away. I have never paid much attention to the superstition behind birds-until then (only owls lol..my spirit animal). If you could please help me to possibly understand this, it'd be appreciated tremendously! :)

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    Piglet - Usually blue jays are a representation of protective qualities over our family members. It is possible that either you or your friend who was with you are being overbearingly protective of a family member (or members) and it was merely a warning of this.

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    Piglet 3 years ago

    Oh, I did take pictures if that would help.

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    Piglet 3 years ago

    I was out for work and ran across three dead bluejays in a row that appeared to have been caught in a grain auger cable. It looks like they could've gotten out at some point but they all three were in a row and dead. It was the strangest thing. Anyone have any ideas on what this could mean? Please keep in mind it is not my equipment or my property. I just happened to stumble upon it. There was also someone else with me at the time.

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    Canuck57 3 years ago

    I had an unusual experience with an eagle once, and perhaps someone here can explain the symbolism.

    I was driving along the highway one late afternoon (through the Rocky Mountains) in early October. In the corner of my eye I saw an eagle swooping down and alongside me as I drove. However, this eagle then started to angle toward my car, and within a few seconds the bird hit my vehicle (glanced off on an angle) and crashed onto the pavement.

    I immediately pulled over and I could see the eagle lying on the road on its back, and was narrowly missed by a vehicle that came up afterward. I approached the bird and could see it blink so I knew right away that it was just stunned.

    So I picked up the bird (it was a young one, but have talons the size of my hands) covering its wings so it would not try to fly away while I was carrying it. I carried the young eagle off the road and just into the treeline, and propped it up on a dried creek bed. The bird just stood there, but it was still blinking and breathing...but just as important it was able to stand on its own. Within a few seconds it started to try to spread its wings, but I could tell that it was still dazed.

    I gave it a soft stroke on its head and wished him luck...and I then returned to my car to let the bird recover in peace. Besides, I didn't really want to be too close by when the bird regained its faculties :-).

    So my questions are: 1) Was this an omen? 2) what would have been the message had this been an omen? 3) If not an omen how should I interpret the experience?

    Thanks

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    Bella 3 years ago

    For the past few weeks there has been a bird flying around my house. I noticed today that she has built a nest on an old shoe rack I put on the porch, but haven't gotten around to get rid of. So anyway the bird has built a nest on the rack and it has 3 eggs in it. I'm curious as to what this could mean? The bird's been around for weeks now and has fairly recently built a nest and laid eggs. Could this mean something? Any commentary would be helpful in figuring out if this is something I should be worried about.

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    Tegan - Pigeons are representations of love and peace. Perhaps your daughter has brought an unconditional love and peace that you did not have in your life beforehand and that is why the pigeons flock to her...she reminds them of themselves. :)

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    Tegan 3 years ago

    I'm curious to know about pigeons. Ever since the birth of my daughter 16 months ago, pidgeons have been following her around non-stop.

    The first time I was walking the pram and one flew into the side of my leg.. I dropped the pram and ran until it flew completely away, the next time we were at the park and she started chasing them and I stepped on one, again running away!! They swoop quite close around the house although they don't live anywhere near us and then today we sat in a chicken shop about to eat chicken and salad for lunch and one flew inside the Restaurant. I ran away again and the bird tried to escape hitting the window a few times before it flew down and sat next to my daughter sharing her chair and gave her a tiny scratch in her arm, it waited there to be picked up and was taken outside by the Restaurant owner.. My little girls first words were duck and bird and she doesn't mind them close to her.

    Why are they so intent on swarming to her?

    Thanks

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    rafael 3 years ago

    No he was telling the lady they were praying for like the pastor had his hands around her I guess she had something bad or a bad energy so the pastor was yelling get out to whatever the lady had, I was tired that day so I didn't stay that day in church cause I didn't feel good an I left home walking an on the way home I saw a big black crow sitting when I got beside it it starting crowing loud I ignored an it stop when I walk away but do you think the crow tried to give me a sign

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    The pastor was yelling at you to get out? Hmmm...it could mean something, yes.

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    rafael 3 years ago

    Hi I Was at church and they were praying for a lady the pastor was yelling get out so loud I was tired so i didn't stay an I walk home an on the way I saw a big crow sitting crowing it stop an when I walk beside it it started crowing I ignored it an it stopped could this mean something?

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    Majestic - I had another realization today...where did you say you live? The white and black tall bird could also have been an Ibis. We have them in my area, I don't know why I didn't think of them before.

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    Majestic 3 years ago

    Kittythedreamer,

    Thanks for understanding. I'm going to let this whole thing go. If there was a message for me, I'm just not getting it. Maybe in time I can look back and say, "Now I know what they were trying to tell me."

    As far as portals and other planets, I believe in them. When I was little, I wanted to build a time machine. Haha, such were the fancies of a child.

    I notice that you say you are from Arcturus. I'm glad you know where you are from. All my life I wished I knew who I was and where I was from. Oh well...another discussion for another time. May God bless you.

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    majestic - I understand completely...I too feel as though I like logical explanations, but I am also a believer that Spirit sends us signs and visions when we need it..and when we are open to it. Sounds like either a vision or something else to me...and a portal? Of course I believe in portals...to other times and other realms. Perhaps even other planets. :)

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    Majestic 3 years ago

    Kittythedreamer,

    I drove the car for the first time since the "incident" four days ago. I tried to re-create what I saw with my mother acting as "the male bird". He was much taller than she is (5'2" plus 4" for the curb). So, I don't think there is a bird that is 6-7 feet tall with a beautiful wingspan to equal his height.

    So it must have been a "vision" as you mentioned. I have a problem with things out-of-the-ordinary. I have to find a logical explanation. There has to be a reason.

    There were no words, no sounds; just the thoughts that popped into my head at the time (male, female, majestic, beautiful...). What is the purpose of a vision if it doesn't convey something or teach you something?

    Now, don't laugh; but what if the birds happened into a portal of some sort from another time? Really, I'm not crazy, I don't smoke, I don't drink; I'm as healthy as they come. I don't even like taking vitamins.

    I just want to understand, if possible, what happened. I know what I saw.

    I did think of the colors as being good/evil. The birds were mostly white, so maybe a good change? I don't know.

    This has never happened to me ever.

    I do appreciate you trying to help me think this through. Thank you so very much!

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    The black and white colors could represent the duality of your changes...white to black...black to white...darkness to light?

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    Majestic 3 years ago

    Kittythedreamer,

    Thank you for your insight. I thought a phoenix bird was a colorful bird, but I do not know much about them.

    You might be right about the symbolism of the phoenix for me. I believe I am at a crossroads in life. Maybe the birds were giving me hope that it is time to rise from the ashes. It sounds hopeful, so thank you again.

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    Majestic - That is an incredible story, and no I do not think you are insane. :) Sounds to me like you might have had a vision of some kind...and when you were explaining the birds to me I thought "Phoenix" before I had even read the part where you wrote "Phoenix came to mind". The phoenix is a symbol of someone rising from the ashes...resurrection...revival...reborn. Perhaps that is what your vision was trying to tell you about yourself? Just a thought. Spirit/God/Universe works in very funny but real ways!

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    Majestic 3 years ago

    Two days ago I had a very strange experience. I was driving North on the freeway, I was within 15 minutes of my turn off to home. All of a sudden, on my right side I see two beautiful, majestic,white with some black, birds. I felt it was a male and female and the female was tired. I don't know why those thoughts or feelings came. Anyway, the female landed in the middle of traffic, I saw white and black feathers and her rolling. It seemed to me that the cars didn't care. I then looked to my right and the male was landing on the edge of the freeway close to my car. I didn't want to hit him. He was gorgeous! So majestic in his landing! He had to have been at least 3 feet tall and his wingspan was no less than 5 feet. It was a beautiful sight. Needless to say, I swerved to the left, so I wouldn't hit him. It was a weekday, and when people were getting off work, so there was traffic. The driver behind me honked. I was concerned about the female. It so happened that I was on empty and couldn't stop. I had to make it to my exit to get gas. Anyway, I was determined, after getting gas, to go back and see if I could do anything. In my simple mind, I thought the male would not leave the female and maybe I could somehow get them into my car and, I don't know...help.

    It wasn't but a 10-15 minute turn around. I searched while I drove past; the area is a flat desert, so I could see the northbound freeway from the southbound. I went further to where I knew it did not happen at. I turned to go northbound again, driving as slow as possible...I saw no feathers, no blood, no smashed animal on the freeway, and no birds! I got to my exit again. What in the world happened? Did I imagine all of this? I'm a normal, sane person. What does it mean? If I were to describe these birds, they were very tall (3-4 ft), mostly white with some black, and a cross between a swan and a very large goose. (A Phoenix came to mind). This is the Mojave desert in California, I have never seen this kind of bird here in the last 15 years that I have lived here. Help me make sense of this. Thank you.

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    Cheryl 3 years ago

    Thank you very much.I see so many meanings for various birds but none for pigeons.

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    Cheryl - Pigeons are representative of determination and also issues within the home.

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    CURIOUS 3 years ago

    I've noticed the sparrows warning of bees and beehives for me and my dog who is deathly allergic to bees. They will swoop in front of me in the area where there is a bee. I've tested the theory by picking up my dog and walking through the areas they warn of. They get very disturbed when I continue to go through them but every single time here is a bee or a hornet. A few days ago there were at least thirty sparrows flying erratically in front of me and a friend (dog was at home) and I couldn't figure out the warning, they were insistent though. I didn't cross the street, but sure enough I walked right by an active hornets nest. I quickly went past, but realized that day they don't only warn me of danger to my dog. Then the day after I saw a ton of crows and flocks of sparrows flying in front of my place of employment, this also happened the week before but I didn't know what to think of it. There have been several inicdents of crows making their presence known, flying aggressively overhead, in groups. also, I've been hearing owls hooting in the daytime and last night had an intimidating dream of a giant brown owl swooping towards myself and my partner, I thought the owl was going to attack or take my partner but then realized it was "after" me. I don't know what o make of all this. The birds have been warnings for the bees and my dog for a year now, but the upswing in bird messages started a week ago with hearing owls hooting in the daylight hours. A few weeks ago, maybe a month ago, I also saw a baby owl with my boyfriend in a field. During the day. Everything online is so thoroughly confusing and dire. Perhaps someone here can shed some light.

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    Cheryl 3 years ago

    Hi kitty I was wondering if you had a chance to read my story and if so I would love to hear your thoughts on what this may have been a sign of if anything.

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    Cheryl 3 years ago

    Hi Kitty the dreamer,I told a story about a pigeon under snikchick 6 months ago.

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    skytreeroad 3 years ago

    I know it sounds 'know it all' but sometimes if you add to the thread with other things you have found it 1. keeps the thread interesting 2. aids the author in that respect 3. helps you find the information when you need it again. I found the Hub by researching a question for a neighbor of mine.

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    skytreeroad 3 years ago

    Birds on a wire, you are the topic of chatter. Birds flock (hundreds) from the ground, watch your back. Bird in the house always bad luck unless you buy it and it is in a cage. Birds on your chimney in the winter you are topic of robbery to your dwelling, spring you may have long term visitor, summer you need to attend to household matters. Birds on the roof line your house is topic of conversation. Toss in legal, law, ect. if you are Amer. Indian or related in close way to someone who is Amer. Indian- not to be racial, just what the omens 'fly' to. Use common sense, tho, really, sometimes birds are just there. Birds flock to food, always. If you really notice these things and it really looks out of place that is whether or not an omen is there, or so I have heard. Robins good luck, blue herons change for the better, owls not always impending doom. Bats good omen, Cardinals alive good omen, dead means you better be contacting your spiritual leader or watch out for past spiritual leader. Bluebirds good luck or peskiness on way to you, Ravens always good luck, crows lead by Raven, unless you a farmer or have bird feeder, means you will overcome the intended nastiness. Woman with so many warnings especially cougar or coyote, you are attracting a person of a different faith than you. Maybe good, maybe bad, but a different faith. At least that is folklore. I found all of this on the web, so you know how it may not be all that reliable.

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    Cheryl - I'm not quite sure which comment you're referring to. Can you lead me to which question you had asked?

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    thesnikchick 3 years ago

    Good afternoon Kitty,I was wondering if you had an opportunity to read my bird story above I placed it 6 months ago if not would you mind to read it and give me your insight on this rare and special occasion.

    Many thanks

    Cheryl

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    Nicole Canfield 3 years ago from the Ether

    Death makes way for new life.

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    JoyHolder 3 years ago

    Does anyone have experience with the meaning of a dead Cardinal in the front yard. ? And on the same day as one of the goldfish died in the pond in the back? .It was my day of cleaning up the yard at winter's end to get it ready for the growth of Spring. All the violets are in bloom, but the Cardinal and the goldfish, both bright and beautiful, have passed on......It gives pause for thought. Does anyone intuit this?