Heading out on the first day of Spring, I came upon a pair of birds at an intersection near home. They would not budge. They almost stared into my windshield as I approached. I ended up going around them.
I had to look them up. They were Mourning Doves, male and female. Since doves mate for life, I took it as a good sign.
There is an ancient practice called Ornithomancy, used by Greeks and Romans to identify omens associated with bird sightings. One legend associated the first bird seen on Valentine’s Day as a forecast for the type of soul mate you could expect.
A few examples:
Bluebird: They like to make people laugh, e.g. a comedian or clown.
Duck: Your relationship will be homey and stable.
Sparrow: They work with the land, e.g. a farmer or geologist.
Dove: Your marriage will be happy.
Canary: They’re involved in healing, e.g. a doctor or masseuse.
Turkey: They love nature and are passionate about the environment.
Swan: They’re creative, e.g. a writer or dancer.
Eagle: They will be powerful, maybe even a bully, e.g. politicians, business leaders.
Blackbird: They will have great kindness, spirituality, charity.
Goldfinch: The yellow color reflects wealth.
Not sure how accurate these forecasts turned out to be for most ancient couples, but it was an interesting find.
And if I had better luck with Youtube videos, I’d include my favorite Prince song here, “When Doves Cry”.
Have a wonderful Spring.