Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Meanings,Signs, and Omens of Birds: Bluebird

I love most of our native birds dearly but Bluebirds hold a special place in my heart.  I did not grow-up seeing Bluebirds.  Just a few years ago my first pair decided to nest at my place.  Every year since I have enjoyed their beauty and amazingly lovely songs!  My life has not been the same since that first sighting. 

Bluebirds were once a common sight in North America.  Due to many reasons they became a rare sight for many of us.  It is believed that Bluebird is here to teach  us that happiness and/or fulfillment is our birth right.  When we get so caught up with the everyday happenings, stresses, etc. our own happiness can be put on the back burner and thus "rare".   Should this bird enter your life allow it to remind you to create the time to enjoy "yourself".  

Bluebirds became the symbol of Happiness rather recently in the last century.  This is one of many quotes written about this beautiful bird.

" And when he sings to you, Though you're deep in blue, You will see a ray of light creep through,
And so remember this, life is no abyss, Somewhere there's a bluebird of happiness. Life is sweet, tender and complete, when you find the bluebird of happiness."

- Bluebird of Happiness, lyrics by Edward Heyman & Harry Parr Davies, 1934

Since the bird is blue, think about what the color blue means to you.

There is a charming Native American tale called "How the Bluebird and Coyote Got Their Colors." This is briefly the story. 

Bluebird was a dull color and in a dream was directed to bathe in a remote deep blue lake for 5 mornings.  He was told a magical song to sing while he was bathing.  Coyote was a bright green and watched as the Bluebird was transformed on the fifth morning into a beautiful blue bird. Coyote wanted to be a pretty blue.  So, he asked Bluebird how he became blue.  Bluebird told him how it was done and shared the magical song.  After 5 mornings Coyote became the same pretty blue.  Coyote started strutting around showing off his new color and looking around to see who was watching.  He looked down to check if his shadow was blue and ran squarely into a stump!  He fell into the dirt so hard that the dust covered him totally.....and that is why Coyotes are the color of dirt.

Bluebirds are not show-offs like Coyote was in the story.  Yet they are quite confident being just who they are.  The Pueblos consider them to symbolically represent a time of transformation into another level of being.  Thus entering an era of new confidence, happiness and sign of coming into your own power.  This could also lead to a surge of creativity in your life.

Bluebirds are very gentle.  They usually don't bully other birds.  Last year I had a pair that did take over a nestbox from a pair of Chickadees who already had a nest built with two eggs.  But....the Blues didn't fight or harm the Chickadees.  They just annoyed them until they left.  Should Bluebirds feel threatened they will fight and defend their nests, babes, and their mates.

If and when a Bluebird show-up for you.... look for opportunities to remember the wonderful qualities you were given at birth and your joyful inner child. 

Would you like to attract Bluebird into your life?  This site it the best place to learn how.  

This is my first picture of Papa Blue.  I took it last May.  He was feeding Mama Blue as she sat on the eggs.   

Wishing Everyone the Joy and Happiness of Bluebirds!



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