16 May Profile in Courage
Profile in Courage by a Small Bird
Courage is commendable.
And yet, it’s often portrayed as exceptional for special heroes in extreme situations.
Actually, anyone can be courageous. Then courage becomes a matter of: 1) Acknowledging fear, and 2) Continuing through the fear.
Of course, you need to act with smart courage.
Consider this photo of a Red-winged Blackbird chasing a Red-tailed Hawk.
This hawk is a large, powerful predator. And yet, this small blackbird is chasing it.
So what’s the story?
First, the blackbird will peck and pull feathers. And no one wants to be pecked or lose feathers. (It hurts.)
And second the blackbird can be more agile in the air.
So the hawk must fly faster. Or it must leave the habitat that the blackbird is protecting.
Sometimes you might be like the blackbird. Yes, you’re small. But you have qualities, skills, or resources that give you unique advantages.
The key is to know what you can do and then use your advantages with courage.
PS: Want to read more? Here’s a past blog about a Courageous Bird Song
Help Birds Tip
Attend a bird walk conducted by your local Audubon chapter.
These walks provide wonderful opportunities to learn about birds in your area – how they live, what they eat, where they appear.
And here’s a bonus idea: After you go on the walk, please share what you learned on your Facebook page. Then others can benefit from your experience.
The American Bird Conservancy’s web site contains valuable info. See: American Bird Conservancy
Here’s an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation