We received the following in an email today from June:
My aunt got a black bird stuck in her house. It was black with an orange beak is this a death omen?
Many people believed that because birds could fly so high, they regularly flew in and out of heaven and were therefore closely connected to god. This belief formed the basis of literally hundreds of bird-related superstitions in the UK, some of which are still followed even today.
A wild bird entering a house was seen as a death omen to many people:
“If a bird flies into your house, a death will follow within three days”
A robin in the house is particularly unlucky