Living here in New England, crows are as commonplace as Dunkins. However, in the past few months, they’ve been popping up so much that they caught my full attention. This morning, I finally grabbed my handy copy of Animal-Speak and looked them up. I always knew they were pretty magical, but what I read especially resonated with me. However, before I share what I found, these are the simple, not particularly heart-fluttering moments with these birds that nonetheless, piqued my curiosity.
When the first crow-incident happened, I didn’t even realize the birds in question were a type of crow. About three months ago (late October, 2014), the eldest hollered from the kitchen, “Momma, check it out. There’s a ton of birds outside.” Sure enough, there was a huge flock of black birds having a party on the lawn. It wasn’t until I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots that I noticed they weren’t simply black. They had the most gorgeous shades of blue around their heads –
I saw them frequently for the next week or so, but even after noticing their cool coloring, I never bothered to figure out what kind of bird they were. In fact, I’d forgotten about them until I happened upon the above pictures today, while looking for the crow pictures I took a few days ago. I discovered, thanks to Whatbird.com, they were Grackles (a grouping of which is amusingly called, an “Annoyance”).
Which brings me to the next crow-incidents. When the temps bottomed out last week, I started tossing bread out for the birds (as you can see in my previous post, Aviary funny joke *grin*). In short order, I noticed a pair of crows hanging around the house. They always seemed to be watching through the windows, or flying past as I walked by. One morning when I went out with the bread, I noticed the two of them in a nearby tree, watching me.
Before I threw the bread, the bigger crow started cawing at me. I assumed it was a, “warning, two-footed creature approaches!” kind of thing, but then the smaller one answered back, and the big one made a sentence-like reply. My guess was –
Bigs – “What are you doing out here, Two-Foot?”
Smalls – “I think she has bread for us, dear.”
Bigs – “That is an acceptable reason. Carry on.”
So naturally I called across the yard, “Enjoy!”
Since then, Bigs and Smalls fly graceful circles around the house daily, hanging out long enough to shout hello, then they disappear back into the woods with their munchies.
This morning, when I went out with bread, there was no sign of them (not unusual). By the time I’d gotten back inside and sat down at the computer, Bigs was outside my window. He stood next to the bread and said, “Raisin toast. What a delightful treat,” while Smalls watched from a nearby tree.
On to the magical significance of these visitors. The Grackles showed up in October just about the time I was finally feeling human again, after my long battle with depression and vitamin deficiencies. Funny enough, they represent overcoming emotional congestion, and are supposed to show us how to constructively deal with our emotions and find positive balance and creativity in the process (my paraphrasing totally doesn’t do justice to Ted’s description).
Crows… well, let’s just say the entry for them is twice as long as the Grackles. I’m going to boil it all down to his quote at the end – “Wherever crows are, there is magic. They are symbols of creation and spiritual strength. They remind us to look for opportunities to create and manifest the magic of life. They are messengers calling to us about the creation and magic that is alive within our world everyday and available to us.”
Having this beautiful pair of birds connecting with me at this point in time, when I’m rediscovering my writing, my magic, and my mojo, is an amazing affirmation that I’m on the right path. A path I will continue to cover in bread crumbs as I travel along – not to find my way back, but to repay those who are helping me move forward in my journey.
Now if you’ll excuse me – someone is cawing outside my window again… *grin*
On January 20th, Bigs & Smalls invited two other couples over for bread-fest, but the Blue Jays got there first. Bigs sat outside my bedroom window and scolded me, but still managed to smile for the camera.