I’ve watched this film many times, but this time I watched it thinking the birds were a metaphor for women (the English used to call women birds back in the day,) low and behold I noticed a few things.
1. The 4 of the 5 main characters are females, at different times of their life, Cathy = puberty, Melanie = new love, Annie (the teacher) = old love and Lydia = Mother.
2. The radio announcer at the end says…