Okay so I need some help, because I’m starting to see a pattern evolving.
Yesterday as I was driving home in the dark, my headlights caught a red-breasted robin sitting in the middle of the road. Birds tend to take flight before you reach them, so I thought for a moment that this was a toy someone had dropped out a window, or that it was already dead. But as I approached, it turned its head. I didn’t see it take flight as I swerved to avoid it. I looked in my rear view, but in the dark, I couldn’t see whether it had made it or whether it was still lying in the road.
Today, I was at the grocery store. I came back to my car to put my groceries in the back seat, and as I was returning the basket, I noticed a car that had a bird, mangled and dead, caught in the grill below the headlights. It looked like a yellow-tailed swallow, from the colour of the feathers, but I couldn’t see any blood. I thought at first it might have been fake, a twisted joke, the sort of prop that people tend to attach to their cars down here for shock value. But I leaned down to look at its claws, and I saw that it was real.
I don’t know if someone’s trying to get my attention or if there’s a message to be interpreted here, but the pattern of dead birds—especially songbirds being struck by cars, which is an exceedingly rare thing—has me listening.
Does anybody have any suggestions or a direction to point me in? I don’t know where to start, except to look to Hela, but I’ve had her prod at me before, and this doesn’t feel like her.