Lesser Goldfinch, Female, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Simple Request


This Request Caused an Uproar


Lesser Goldfinch, Female, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post, "Simple Request"

Lesser Goldfinch, Female, Who Can’t Believe My Request


One day I approached the Great Council of Birds with a request.

“I want to be a bird.”

“Why might that be?” the Great Feathered One asked.

“I’m disgusted by the news.”

There was a faint rustling of feathers by all.

“And what news is this?”

“About . . .” I paused to gather my courage. “. . . the way people behave.”

For a moment hundreds of eyes bore into me.

Then a rude sound crackled from deep in the back of the crowd, sort of like a duck making a raspberry.

And with that, there erupted a loud cacophony of hoots and honks, cries and calls, tweets and twerps – unlike anything anyone has ever heard anywhere.

Finally, after a great deal of flapping, fluttering, and flying about, they settled down.

Then the Great Feathered One puffed out its feathers, gave them a shake, and spoke:

“The answer is no.

You must stay where you are.

So you can fix your tribe instead.”

Once again, I’m sure I heard the same duck crackle another raspberry, but this time with a chuckle.

Then they all flew off.

So here I am.

Doing my best to inspire respect for Nature.

I’ve chosen this because all life is connected: Once people respect Nature, they’ll respect life, and in turn they’ll respect each other.

And then we might have better news.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

PS: My Mission Statement describes what I’m doing and why. See it at: Mission Statement


Help Birds Tip

Molting is in progress.

Many birds appear shabby in late summer. Be patient as they grow new feathers. A past blog tells about this: Don’t Cry for Me, Audubon


Birding Resources

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

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


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5 Comments
  • Merrill Kempfert
    Posted at 10:54h, 06 September

    Amen, Brother, there are more of us out there ——, Merrill, Green Valley

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 12:18h, 06 September

    I love this, thank you. There are more of us — but are there enough?

  • Debra Atlas
    Posted at 17:47h, 08 September

    True wisdom. Now if humans could only be so honest and insightful.

  • Archie McLellan
    Posted at 14:09h, 09 September

    Thank you Steve. As always, thoughtful and delightful. I have recently read Corvus: A Life with Birds by Esther Woolfson (a long, slow read which will remain with me). I could say that it too is thoughtful and delightful. As she is from Scotland there are no reviews on Amazon.com but there are many on Amazon.co.uk.

  • Donald Strauss
    Posted at 11:52h, 10 September

    “In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”

    Baba Dioum
    From a paper presented in New Delhi in 1968, at the triennial meeting of the General Assembly of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

    Not that Dioum’s or your remarks need to be improved upon, because the spirit is the same, but I would add that the love, understanding, and respect come more quickly to those who willingly connect, as you have. Without that willingness, the interconnectedness of all things is just an idea. Your willingness, your connectedness, and your communication about the importance of these things should be an inspiration to all who are lucky enough to encounter the fruits of your passion.

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