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Animal Communication - Connecting with a Jackdaw

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On a recent cycling trip in Somerset I saw a black bird at the side of the road. After getting off my bike, I realised that the bird was unable to fly and jumped away from me up a section of wall, perching underneath a bush watching me. I was concerned about seeing a bird unable to fly on the road and decided to sit nearby and try and gain its trust. I sat in meditation and practised some animal communication techniques I had learnt on a course by Helen DeVita which I had undertaken over the winter months. I eased closer and the bird edged away until finally it settled and closed its eyes and I realised that it was trusting me – I placed out my hand and it didn’t move until finally he allowed me to pick him up and I felt intuitively as if he was male. I wrapped him gently in a scarf and put him in my backpack and cycled home – it was evening, so I put him in a towel in a bucket in a warm place and asked for higher beings to send him love. I imagined a healing ball of love surrounding him and he slept well.


The following morning, I tried to identify the bird and with his pale blue eyes and crow-like features I realised that he was a juvenile jackdaw. As I was researching on the computer, the bird jumped on my shoulder and sat comfortably yet suddenly I heard the air fill up with non-stop cawing sounds– four jackdaws were circling around the tower of the old house where I live and the footage here shows the chapel inside. The little juvenile cawed up to them enthusiastically and jumped on my head – I knew it was his family who had traced him down and reassured him that I understood it was his mum and dad. Their caws stopped as they observed the situation from the walls and I contacted a wildlife sanctuary – the lady explained that juvenile jackdaws remain with their parents until their wings are ready for flight. If they fall out of the nest they will hide and continue to be fed by their parents.

'The Magic Circle' by John William Waterhouse (1886)


When to Interfere or Leave Alone

It is wise to return them where you found them since the parents will continue to call for them and to avoid touching them too much – yet it is not true that parent birds will reject their babies if they have been touched since birds have a poor sense of smell. This same principle often applies regarding baby animals that we find – their parents will usually be foraging for food nearby and in most cases, they should be left alone unless they are clearly injured, caught by a predator, looking weak or shivering or are in immediate danger, such as this baby who was sat on the road. Baby deer or fawns often spend their time alone, since their mothers only attend to them a few times a day and are sometimes mistakenly thought to be orphans when they should be left alone.


After this call to the wildlife sanctuary, I quickly got back on my bike and returned the jackdaw to where I had found him. I was amazed that his family had managed to trace him to the house – nature really is incredible and never ceases to me amaze me.


I asked higher beings to ensure that he was clear of any unbeneficial imprints that he may have picked up and I popped him deeper in the section of bush, yet immediately he jumped out and back onto the road. Again, I felt concerned about leaving him and decided to knock on the door of a house on the opposite side of the road. A man warmly greeted me and invited me into his garden which was large and on both sides of the property. I placed him near a fence in a section of woodland next to a field and saw some jackdaws flying which felt reassuring. We watched him jumping around some logs and the ivy-covered ground provided plenty of space to hide. After leaving, I asked for higher beings to ensure that he was connected back with his family and felt truly grateful for the time that I had spent with him.


For anyone wishing to learn more about animal communication I would really recommend watching some videos of Anna Breytenbach:



It is easy to practise with any animals in your own home such as dogs or cats. I am often surprised to see human guardians of dogs who are yet to understand dog behaviour – there is so much to learn when we are open and willing to connect. Have you had some good experiences of animal communication and how did this evolve?


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