Northern Cardinal, © Photo by Steve Kaye

The Bird Next Door

The Bird Next Door


Northern Cardinal, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post, "The Bird Next Door"

Northern Cardinal, Female


Somewhere in a nearby tree, you’ll find the bird next door.

This bird is different from the bird you know.

It sings a different song,

Eats a different food,

Lives a different life.

And while this bird may seem odd, what matters is that this bird is just different.

Neither better,

Nor worse,

Just different.


Downy Woodpecker, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post, "The Bird Next Door"

Downy Woodpecker, Male


So maybe we need to accept this bird next door, and

Listen to its song,

Undertand its ways,

Learn what it needs.

Because if we were viewed from that bird’s tree, we too might be the same as the bird next door.

And so acceptance begins with compassion, which always leads to more for everyone.

Consider that these two birds (the Northern Cardinal and the Downy Woodpecker), though different, still share the same branch where they live.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: Please share this post with others. We need more voices speaking up on behalf of Nature.


Find More at:

Winter Tribute

Don’t Cry for Me, Audubon

Manifesto for the Birds


Help Birds Tip

Talk to people.

Because all solutions begin with a conversation.

And all conversations begin with an exploration of common values.

Once that’s known, finding solutions becomes easier.

For example, you could point out the birds in your neighborhood. And then use that to start a conversation about birds, Nature, parks, and so on.

I do this when I’m out taking photos. And through this I’ve met many interesting, wonderful people.

So I encourage you to meet the person next door, which might begin by showing a local bird.


Birding Resources

The American Bird Conservancy’s web site contains valuable info. See: American Bird Conservancy

Here’s an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation


You can help – Please share this blog with others.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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7 Comments
  • Sally J. Pla
    Posted at 19:15h, 24 January

    A thoughtful, lovely post! I couldn’t agree more about the importance of compassion, sharing our branches, and communicating more. Thanks!

  • Ivey Fennell
    Posted at 19:22h, 24 January

    A most excellent message, thank you!

  • Susan gardner
    Posted at 19:57h, 24 January

    I love your blog and inspirational messages (of course your photos!)!! How can I post to share on my Facebook?

  • Jeremy Over
    Posted at 01:24h, 25 January

    Lovely. And we don’t need to build any walls between us and the birds next door

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 04:27h, 25 January

    Beautiful birds and a lovely message.

  • Bob Franz
    Posted at 07:15h, 27 January

    Even if the birds next door are a little “cuckoo?”

  • Kathryn Grace
    Posted at 17:35h, 07 February

    Easy reminder that once again fills my heart with peace. Thank you Steve.

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