House Finch, Juvenile, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Wise Young Bird | Sept 2020

Conversation with a young bird

House Finch, Juvenile, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Wise Young Bird

House Finch, Juvenile

When I saw this young bird, I wondered about its plans for the future. So I asked:

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“Alive,” the bird answered.

“I’m sure. And what do you want to do?” I asked.

“Be the best House Finch that I can be.”

“And how will you do that?”

“I will care for my feathers, live within enough, and be mindful of the moment that I’m in.”

“Is that all?” I asked.

“Of course I have to find food, water, and shelter. And I have to watch out for hawks.”

“Do hawks scare you?”


“How can that be?”

“Well first, I do everything that I can to avoid them. And then I’m too busy being a bird to be afraid.”

“Tell me more about that.”

“If I let a hawk scare me, then that fear would make me weaker. And so that fear would make it easier for a hawk to catch me.”

“So birds ignore fear?”

“Actually, birds acknowledge fear, take precautions, and then they focus on being alive.”

“That’s impressive. How can a young bird know this?”

“It’s essential for survival. Because if something can scare you, it can control you.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

Find ways to manage fear at:

Beyond Survival


Transition Tips

Find More at:

Bird Story About Power

The Bird Who Knew Too Much

Conversation with a Song Sparrow

Profile in Courage

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

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  • Brigitte Noel
    Posted at 11:14h, 05 September

    What a timely conversation. Loved it and I also appreciate these little house finches so much.

  • Catherine Kaye
    Posted at 11:18h, 05 September

    Words of wisdom.

  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 11:51h, 05 September

    I opened your blog knowing it would lift my spirit. Thank you for the smile.

  • Lara Pearson
    Posted at 17:41h, 16 September

    You and your birds always make me smile, Mr. Kaye, Thank you for you! Hope you’re feeling vibrant in these peculiar times.

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