I was out walking in the woods this morning and I came across a Great Crested Flycatcher who obviously not afraid on me in the slightest. He would perch on a branch a foot or two away from me and then after a few seconds he would fly strait at me. I thought I might be too close to his nest (which I could not see) so I kept walking but he followed me. He kept flying towards me and once even nipped my ear. Has anyone had any experience with Flycatchers or a related species? I know that small birds like that can be messengers of the dead and especially around this time of year I think that that is quite possible. Thanks in advance.
A good starting point would be to learn about the bird (if you aren't doing that already). The message you gain is usually drawn from what they represent in their personality, specific adaptations, and habits. Figuring out the particular flycatcher species will help, but probably isn't necessary as they seem to have a lot of common ground.
Some example ideas that might apply;
-flycatchers hunt by resting on branches that are in the open, with clear sight and flight paths so they can observe. Perhaps you have a goal you have been hunting for, and it is a message to stop and observe from a strategic point, where you can look for the small details from a distance.
- the birds hunt by precision strike, swooping in fast and plucking up the insect. Sometimes crashing into foliage in the process. Perhaps a caution against diving into a situation faster than you can adapt to its challenges. Sometimes you need to have the space you need to navigate complex twists and turns.
- when seeking a mate, the bird is usually about being heard but not seen. They hide in the foliage to let out their loud call. Seeking to be heard by a potential mate but not found by potential predators. Worry less about glamouring yourself up and more about good conversation and being heard by your partner. Allow yourself to meet someone who is concerned with the person rather than the looks.