Allen's Hummingbird, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Small Bird | Jan 2022

Conversation with a Small Bird

Allen's Hummingbird, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Small Bird

Allen’s Hummingbird, Male, Taking a Bath on the Crest of a Waterfall

When I saw this hummingbird, I called out, “Hello small bird. How . . . .”

“Stop right there!” the bird snarled.


“I’m not a small bird.”

“But . . . .”

“Even though I weigh 4 grams, I’m big inside.”

“How so?”

“I’m tough. Powerful. Courageous.”

Allen's Hummingbird, Male, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Small Bird

Allen’s Hummingbird, Male, Hovering over a Waterfall (photo at low shutter speed)

“I can hover, fly backwards, and dive at speeds of 60 mph. Can you do that?”

“No. I have to walk.”

“Be careful when you assign a story to someone.

If you do, you might cause them to become that story.”

“So what do you want me to call you?”

“Call me a good bird. Because every bird is a good bird.”

“Okay. Hello, good bird. How are you doing?”

“Fine. As you can see, I just took a bath on this waterfall.

Now tell me, what’s your story?” 

“I’m a force for good.”

“I like that.”

Of course, I’m an ordinary person. So I’m a small force . . . .”

“Stop right there!” the bird snarled.


The story you give yourself must be a big story.

Otherwise you will become a small story.

So it’s impossible to be a small force for good. Just as it’s impossible to be a small bird.

Every force for good matters. Just as every bird matters.

And we need all of us, regardless of what we do.”

Much success,

Steve Kaye

Find More at:

How to Be a Different Type of Millionaire

How to Manage Adversity 

Why Hope Matters

What to Feed Hummingbirds

Conversation with a Song Sparrow

Conversation With a Bird

Did You Know?

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

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

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

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  • Kaye Catherine
    Posted at 15:48h, 12 January

    A very sweet story. Beautiful photos!

  • Yana
    Posted at 17:49h, 12 January

    Amazing photo of a hummingbird. Sharp, flattering, impossible to duplicate…

  • William Carson
    Posted at 14:32h, 13 January

    Beautiful Pictures!

  • Rev. Eileen O. Brownell
    Posted at 07:33h, 15 January


    As always excellent and beautiful pictures and thought provoking story. You’re the best.


  • Thilda Zorn
    Posted at 13:28h, 15 January

    What a BIG story from a BIG friend! How much fun to receive your posts, dear Steve!!! Thilda

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