A Little Bird Told ME!!




Today I have been watching the birds in my garden, darting in and out my bushes and feeding off the bird feeders. I have always loved to watch nature, birds in particular.. And I have had many insights given to me with birds flying; In September I saw 4 hawks flying high near where I live, a rare sight. And often have received feathers that float down in my path..

Did you know that bird watching was a method of Divination by priests of many ancient cultures?

I am sure all of you when having seen a Magpie you search to see another one.  With the Rhyme ‘One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, Three for a girl, Four for a Boy, Five for Silver, Six for Gold, Seven for a Secret never to be told..

The method of divination by interpreting the fight and patterns of birds is called ‘ornithomancy’ from the Greek ornis, meaning bird, and mantria, meaning divination,  Even Harry Potter came across it in his divination classes in JK Rowlings books.

Aztecs used Ornithomancy to choose the location to build Mexico City.

And Tibetans called bird divination Bya-rog-kui-skad-brtag-pa and relied on observing the crow for their predictions.

Italian diviners would charge a fee for the service their Parakeets, as the bird would choose a slip of paper from a collection of similar slips with a fortune written on it.

The practice was popular in ancient Rome, their belief was based on the fact that birds, being high in the heavens, would be aware of the intentions of the Gods that dwelt there, and act as there messengers. And the American Native Indians use birds and feathers in many of their rituals and believe in their medicine power.

The eagle is one of those associated with the culture of these wise Tribes, the eagle feathers were and are revered. Upon reading up on such subjects I was interested in finding out that how an eagle feather is worn means various things to different tribes. For instance in the Ponca tribe Upright feathers in the crown showed the number of captures made in a battle.  In Santee ( Woodland Dakota) an eagle feather worn hanging downward, this single feather indicated that the wearer had been wounded in battle.

Probably the most poignant of Native American Stories relating to eagle feathers occurred in the 1900’s. In the US it is illegal to keep eagle feathers unless one is a Native American. A good rule in theory to protect the eagles. However the practice requires not only identification from the reservation, but references from two tribal elders and verification from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, along with official verification of the tribe to prove Native status.

Nathan Jim Jr, a member of the Yakima Tribe, was arrested for illegal possession of eagle feathers. He spent 14mths in jail awaiting trial and was put on probation. His lawyer appealed under the religious freedom action. Nathan Jim lost the appeal and subsequently killed himself rather than face jail again. Belatedly the US Federal Prosecutor relented, and took some eagle feathers and drove to the reservation for the funeral, but arrived too late for the ceremony, therefore, Nathan Jim Jr never received his eagle feathers even in death.



I was also interested to find out that both in Britain and the US both have ‘bird lore’ for Valentine’s Day, and so with Valentines’s Day fast approaching… If a girl sees a hen and a cockerel together at the same time on that day, then she will get married the following year. And the first Bird she sees on that day indicates the sort of man she will marry. A Robin means a sailor, a blackbird a clergyman, a sparrow a farmer, a goldfinch or any yellow bird a rich man, a Dove a good man, and a woodpecker means no husband at all..

I hope you found some of these stories as interesting as I did.

Happy BIRD watching.




16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sweet
    Jan 16, 2009 @ 03:23:20

    very interesting blog.. i love the birds in the garden as well x



  2. Lady Jude
    Jan 16, 2009 @ 03:50:27

    Hi Dreamwalker, We have birds called Tui over here and I like to watch them. One got caught up under the basement with the cat once. They were under there for around 30 hours together. And the cat and the Tui became friends together. That Tui bird started visiting our house for 2 years in fact. I could tell that bird as it was older and shabbier that the other Tui\’s. We the cat was sunbathing that Tui would go jumping around the cat. It was there this summer I fear it may have passed away. You could tell it was an older bird. I thought that one was the oddest friendship I had personally come across. My cat also loved my little cockteil bird. Odd cat I have. Hugs Lady Jude



  3. Lady Jude
    Jan 16, 2009 @ 03:52:27

    Sorry it should have said wasn\’t there this summer.



  4. Teira
    Jan 16, 2009 @ 04:04:22

    There would not be much the birds don\’t know…Teira and the birds go hand in hand….:)T….x



  5. haylaz
    Jan 16, 2009 @ 06:45:06

    Hi my dear friend. I am totally agree with you about the birds having lots of secret. Sometimes they scared me, ı though they know lots of think. But everytimes love them. I have had a sea-gull. Visit me everyday. İf ı have had a problem, believe me he wait for me, he didn\’t leave me alone. Nobody believe me but I know we have a special line between me and him/her. Sometimes e/her brings some friends to me. İf he /her having a healty problem he/her sleeping between in my window. I believe he/her love me, just like me. Thank for lovely blog and knowledge about birds. Loves…ece//



  6. Aussie
    Jan 16, 2009 @ 11:32:28

    An interesting blog that bought to my mind how birds play a role in the Tibetan Buddhists way of life in that they used to give their deceased a burial called sky burial , where the deceased was laid out on a slab of rock and the carrion would consume the body hence the name sky burial , dont know if this is still practiced but think it may be as of the terrain in the high mountains of TibetIan



  7. Vanessa
    Jan 16, 2009 @ 18:57:51

    I love these stories Dreamwalker. I especially Love eagles they are so majestic. Please keep these blogs coming, I can\’t wait for more love Nessa



  8. Sheila
    Jan 16, 2009 @ 20:19:40

    Very interesting blog Dreamwalker I as you probably know love the antics of birds in my garden. The stories were very interesting indeed. Thank you for your visit and Yes that is my Rhodi last April, wonderful isn\’t it. xx Sheila



  9. Zeynep
    Jan 17, 2009 @ 00:41:39

    Very interesting entry Dreamwalker. I think there is a bird language. I always found interesting when people try to understand it. Frankly, I do it too sometimes, lol… Thanks for stopping by. Glad you like the video. I really enjoyed that like you and watched a few times. It was fantastic and magical. Have a nice weekend to you too. Peace, Zeynep xx



  10. Kes
    Jan 17, 2009 @ 06:31:12

    Great blog Dreamwalker, are you all talking about me hehehe. Have a great weekend my friend…………..Kes



  11. Romeo
    Jan 17, 2009 @ 15:59:22

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  12. freckles
    Jan 18, 2009 @ 02:02:04

    i didnt know about this tale about a hen & a cockeral and so on !! this is all fascinating! i saw a bird a few years flying over a pool on holiday abroad – it looked blue- and i remembered asking a a girl what does a bluebird mean ? not sure why/how but i got the idea that it meant love ( as in true love) was on it\’s way for me !! it\’s been five years ( or six?) and i\’m still waiting !!always in hope !! bhappi~x~



  13. T
    Jan 19, 2009 @ 23:16:30

    Those stories are very interesting. I didn know nothing of this. I should watch the birds from now on, not just listen their warble. But I protected those, which were flying close to the balcony, so Inky couldn\’t catch them. And also don\’t allow Kyra to catch them in the fields either. 😉 Thank you for all your comments dear friend!Hug,T



  14. LiL'Kt
    Jan 23, 2009 @ 00:18:02

    i found this really interesting, i actually really do care for birds and always feed them out in the garden. There is a little robin and two doves that come and visit all year round, in fact the little robin was sat watching me through the window yesterday. I have been told i have a magical bird that is like a guide to me aswell which is nice :-)Im glad i read this its taught me something interesting to pass on!! xxx



  15. Kingfisher
    Feb 01, 2009 @ 23:39:48

    Excellent Dreamwalker xxx



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