Sunday 28 November 2010

Pagan Eye: City Blackbird

On the way in to work one day last week I heard a tremendous amount of bird song coming from a straggly hedge next to the pavement. I had to stop to have a look and I saw that the hedge was full of blackbirds making a feast of the red berries that were there.

Luckily, I had my camera with me and took a photo. Unfortunately, I had it set on "always use flash", so my one attempt at a picture (above) scared the birds away with the sudden bright light. Oops. Sorry birds.

Perhaps if I hadn't been so hasty to grab a shot I would have got a picture that was slightly more focused on the bird in the frame and maybe had more of them in it!

However, seeing the blackbirds did remind me of a book that has been sitting on my to-read pile since the summer - Singing with Blackbirds: The Survival of Primal Celtic Shamanism in Later Folk-Traditions,by Stuart A Harris-Logan. I picked it up secondhand, started reading it, then got distracted by something else. Time to return to it, I think. Thanks for the reminder, blackbirds.

On each Pagan Eye post, I show a photo that I find interesting, with a few words about it. I'm not quite sure what I'll be including - it could be a seasonal image, a pagan site, an event, or just a pretty picture.

If you want to send me a photo for a Pagan Eye post, please email it to Let me know what the photo shows and whether you want your name mentioned or not. For copyright reasons, the photo must be one you have taken yourself and you must confirm that you are submitting it for A Bad Witch's Blog.

Some of my previous Pagan Eye posts:
Singing with Blackbirds: The Survival of Primal Celtic Shamanism in Later Folk-Traditions

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