Druidry and Blackbirds

Of course blackbirds are in the animal oracle and do come up in myths, so they weren’t on my list of creatures to consider from a Druid perspective. But, none of that content here, this post is all about personal experience.

For some years now, we’ve put bird seed on the living room windowsill and had visitations from blue tits and great tits. This year, we’ve got a couple of blackbirds. This has turned out to be much more exciting because they don’t just grab food and fly, they hang around.

Tom and I sit at the window to work, so we’re very close to where the birds might come in. The blackbirds land on the window sill – there’s a male and a female visiting, they show up one at a time. Initially they were nervous about us and if we moved or made any noise they would flee at once.

Now they’re curious, and they pause to watch us, and when we say hello, they do not fly away. I’ve had some extended periods of eye contact, watching the blackbird as it watches me in turn.

It is always powerful when a wild thing looks back at you. To feel accepted by a bird, to be found interesting and not threatening, is also powerful. I listen for the sound of their beating wings, for the scrabble of beaks gathering seed. They’ve become part of my day and I am so glad to see them.

I’m not experiencing any messages here, or any sense of the supernatural. It is however the simplest kind of magic – the kind that comes from making a connection and being affected by that. A gentle, heart opening magic.

What is curious is that the blackbirds have also tried the windows on the other side of the flat, where my son has also put out food. It’s a big enough block of flats, and you’d think ideas about human living arrangements might be a bit complicated and alien for birds, but there they are, showing up at our other windows.

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8 responses to “Druidry and Blackbirds

  • Michael

    We, also, put out bird seed. Initially, we put a bird feeder hanging from a crook’s neck, but have since added a couple more. Though the other two are out of sight of casual viewing, they are hanging from a tree in our front yard.

    My favorite experience with the birds was a hawk who flew into are front room picture window, stunned from the impact, but not injured. He stood on the perch looking into the house for a few minutes, watching us as we looked at him, eye-to-eye.

    A challenge we’ve had has been keeping young raccoons from stealing the bird food. They will make quick work of what’s put out for the birds. It’s, also, humorous watching the squirrels trying to get to the bird seed. Seeing them hang from the top of the crook or watch the slid down the shaft of the crook as they try to get to the bird seed.

  • Sheila Murrey

    That happened to me once. A red tailed hawk studied me with his eyes and we made eye contact for a couple of minutes. It was profound. I love that you are having the aWEsOMe experience of watching this birds in their natural habitat: nature.
    I am curious if they will stay or choose to move on during a new cycle or phase.

  • Sheila Murrey

    I also loved your description of “a gentle heart opening” kind of magic. Beautiful. We have recently moved and are enjoying much more bird activity. It has been quite relaxing. 🦅

  • Blodeuwedd

    For two years I had a female blackbird who used to come into my garden and would arrive onto the fence looking helpful every time I pulled into the drive. She arrived around Imbolc and dissapeared in august, presumably after the breeding season.She even wandered into the house once when the door was open. She hasn’t come back this year 😦 We do have some serious blackbird politics going on this year though, and a nest right near the back window. It is a powerful thing to see the world from a different perspective sometimes, to be a witness into another world and to really, really understand the ways in which everything is connected.

  • NotTheSchoolRun

    Oh I like this moment and totally get what you mean in that moment with you and the bird. My the way, my son got stung by a nettle today and I made a dock leaf compress. Thought you’d be proud.. 😜

  • locksley2010

    Yes, that feeling you get when you make eye contact and realise that instead of flying away, the Blackbird is as curious of you as you are of he/she.

    We had a regular visitor to our garden at the beginning of spring, so regular I called him “Plucky” as we have two cats. Plucky has brought his buddy and two ladies along too.

    My favourite moment is when I was weeding the garden and as I went around clockwise, Plucky was running clockwise but across from me. At first I thought he was about to take off, but chuckled as I worked out we were circling each other. He was most likely watching for any worms I might dig up!

    Despite the Animal Oracle interpretations (which work for a yearly over view, but are vague at best for any other kind of questioning- at least, that’s my experience) I’d say Blackbird is about the family working together and that we must be brave enough to indulge our curiosity to try new things.

  • lingib

    We have a pair of blackbirds and magpies who visit regularly. It’s wonderful to watch them and listen to them sing their hearts out. They have the cat weighed up and are much smarter than her. 😀

  • plateresca

    Interesting! The blackbirds that live where I live don’t usually fly, they walk. They’re stealing my strawberries, too 🙂

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