Lesser Goldfinch, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Bird Story About Power

Power and Its Limits


Lesser Goldfinch, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Bird Story About Power

Lesser Goldfinch, Male


How birds manage power.

Long ago when birds were less civilized, a gang of powerful hawks managed to deregulate the forest.

As a result, they eliminated the laws of Nature.

For a while, these hawks were tremendously successful, profiting from the lack of balance and consequences.

Concerned, the eagles visited these hawks to talk about power. And the hawks shouted, “We’re better than any of you. So we can do what we want.”

Then the owls visited to talk about logic. And the hawks exclaimed, “We don’t believe in owls.”

Next the doves visited to talk about peace. And the hawks laughed, “We eat peace for breakfast.”

Now the forest was being destroyed. And everyone felt hopeless.

One day, the smallest birds, led by the finches, visited these hawks.

The hawks hissed at the thousands of birds that filled the trees. And the small birds stared back in silence.

For a moment the hawks seemed concerned.

Then, with a loud tweet, the small birds took wing, each of them yanking a feather out of a hawk.

Frantically, the hawks flapped and yelled.

But to no avail. Because in seconds, the hawks were left bare with their feathers scattered on the ground.

As you might expect, without feathers the hawks were unable to fly. So they had to climb down from their magnificent tree. And they were last seen running out of the forest, pursued by a family of raccoons.

Now whenever a feisty young hawk tries to take too much, the elders remind it about the Finch Revolution.

And life goes on as it was meant to be, in perfect balance.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: Please realize this is not a call to do anything uncivilized.

It is however, a reminder that regulations exist to protect everyone.

And more importantly, it is a reminder that you have power, even against overwhelming odds.

You have power in what you choose to do. You have power in what you choose to read. And you have power in what you choose to buy.


Find More at:

Instead of Regulations

Birds Are Business Experts

What If Nature Was a Business


The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are two organizations that excel at doing this.

Please visit their web sites to learn about how they are making a difference.

✅ The Trust for Public Land

✅ American Bird Conservancy

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


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Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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4 Comments
  • Stacy Russo
    Posted at 16:57h, 11 June

    Such excellent storytelling! I loved it.

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 14:46h, 13 June

    Beautiful story.

  • TahoeLara
    Posted at 14:13h, 14 June

    Thank you for always making me smile, I appreciate you and the lessons you bring from the birds. Thank you!

  • Nancy L Hoffmann
    Posted at 10:10h, 15 June

    I think you were a Native American in your previous life! No, wait: we’re all Americans now, and we have the right to stand up against what is wrong.

    Thanks for reminding us!

    I hope we’re heard in the upcoming elections–and that some day we will have a party that actually represents US!

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