This morning, sitting on the poolside, I sighted a blue bird landing to drink from the water. Then it was joined by another. The Blue Bird is called כחל in Hebrew and has no significance at all in Judaism or in our folklore (we are more inclined to visit Saints's tombs to ask for their intercession), but somehow I half feel that this rara avis has personal significance for me. And it has been years that I sighted a blue bird. Since a small kid I am interested in birds and in the long שמירות watches (while doing military reserve duty) in the Negev desert, I entertained myself watching the birds. I dont feel it is sick, in fact, it is a very ancient and forgotten art. The Wiki says that
An auspice (Latin: auspicium) comes from auspex, is literally "one who looks at birds", a diviner who reads omens from the observed flight of birds. This type of omen reading was already a millennium old in Classical Greece: in the Tel Amarna fourteenth-century BCE diplomatic correspondence, the King of Cyprus requests an 'eagle diviner' to be sent from Egypt. In the Illiad, Calchas was Agamemnon's bird diviner, and the army took no action without consulting him first.Auspicium ratum means good omen.
Post Scriptum: I have learned in the internet that ornithomancy (a new word for me) is specifically mentioned in the Bible, and forbidden. What shall I do? Keep my sinful superstition for myself.