Tuesday, August 11, 2009

August 11

There is a yellow finch that is enamored with the screens on the windows of my house. For the last two days, it has been hovering and checking out each and every window, including the one over my shoulder. I think he's clearing off the summer bugs...or maybe he wants inside where it's cool?

Does anyone know what the myth is if a bird keeps knocking at your window? Is it that someone is coming to visit? Or good fortune? Let me know what you know.



  1. Not heard that one, Nancy!

    L. Diane Wolfe “Spunk On A Stick”

  2. "Likewise, a bird’s entry into a home can mean either an immanent death or the arrival of an important message in the near future. However, a bird which does not enter the home has been thought just as unfortunate. Many people still believe that a bird tapping at the window is also an omen of impending death to one of the house’s occupants. This belief, associating the entry or interest of a bird in the home or its occupants, stems from the ancient belief that birds are actually the messengers of departed souls, or the souls themselves, come back to guide those soon to die."

    Birds in Mythology


    Actually, Nancy, Poe's infamous raven aside, all I suspect it means is that the little guy is inquisitive. Being "bird-brained" is quite misleading, as birds are actually very intelligent with highly complex social behavior.

    Maybe he's just saying good morning to his favorite author.

  3. LOL- thanks Martin, I kind of thought it meant the death thing... but we're all hale and hearty here. So, the only thing dying is the bugs in the screens...

    And I get the special treat of seeing a yellow finch over my shoulder.