I spent this past Valentine's Day with the many different species of animals, birds, and other marine wildlife at the Seattle Aquarium. It was the third field trip for Listening to Zoo Animal Ambassadors, and we had let all of the animals know that we were coming to be with them to listen, collect their prayers for ceremony, and perhaps offer a little Reiki here and there.
I looked out my front window, and saw Admiral Belvidere had arrived for another visit to the Wild Rose Café (my nickname for my home office, where many tasty treats are served up to wildlife). My cat Manitou alerted me. I heard him making the chatter sound cats make when they have a yen for potential prey. Apparently Manitou thought it might be cool to try sneaking up on the Admiral. She was on to him, however, and not at all concerned. Night Sky wanted to get in on the act, too, as you can see from the first video.
I offered the Admiral some of her favorite sunflower seeds. I then sat quietly on my front porch for about 20 minutes, just observing, and enjoying being with her, my crow family, and the other local birds (having a noisy go at the feeder to my right).
Admiral Belvidere enjoyed the sunflower seeds, had a drink from the small birdbath to wash them down, and came back for a few more. I’d put a cob of leftover corn by the curb for the crows which she cautiously checked out and, after a taste, deemed it worthy of her attention. She made it quite clear that she was not into sharing with the crows. In one video it looks like she is herding them.
It was wonderful to watch her groom—a sure sign of relaxation—and I even heard some happy peeps. She also did a bit of grass grazing in the clover area. I’m fascinated by the variety in her diet. Every time she visits I learn a little more about her, and turkeys in general.
Finally, she headed off down the alley, in search of adventure and more tasty treats. Admiral Belvidere loves having freedom of choice!
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A WILD WAY TO HEAL
Rose De Dan, Wild Reiki and Shamanic Healing LLC, is an animal communicator, Reiki Master Teacher, shamanic energy healer, and author. Her classes, sessions and ceremonial work are inspired by wild and domestic animals who have issued a call to action for personal and global healing.
Her book Tails of a Healer: Animals, Reiki and Shamanism features heartwarming stories about animals and their role in her evolution as an energy worker and shamanic healer.