4060. Anthologies of history, replete with descriptions of countless battles, impress the reader again and again with the observation by the writers, that the outcome of a battle was decided by unseen forces hidden in ditches, or riding to the rescue over distant hills in the form of cavalry. To put it simply: birds can see what is coming, and the people can’t.
4061. Seeing something coming and knowing what the result my be is a far cry from knowing the future, and only those birds who have an unrealistic and inflated opinion of their own prognosticating powers make any such claim. Most birds only state that their observations contain important intelligence, of use when plotting a military strategy.
4062. It is this simple fact that has led commanding generals over the ages to gradually come to the realization that the activities of birds are the best source of information about the outcome of a battle.