Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Busy day at the bath


I was doing dishes and noticed a flash of dark grey wing in a shrub beside the deck. I immediately felt alarm. The wing color looked like a junco, and those are only around here in the winter. Surely they were not already descending on my summer! I stopped doing dishes and watched intently.

Turns out this is what I saw:

Visit from a catbird

Visit from a catbird

I saw catbirds when Katie and I were camping a few weeks ago. I know they are also in our yard, but they stay out by the road in the jungle of grapevine covered bushes. I’ve only seen them, even there, a couple of times in the twenty plus years we’ve lived here. I was surprised to see two catbirds in the honeysuckle bush, chasing each other around. And I was stunned to see one hop up on the birdbath.

Turns out there was more fun coming.

A nice cool bath is just the thing!

A nice cool bath is just the thing!

She (I’m deciding it’s a she) jumped in the bird bath and began to enjoy herself. But then she had an unwanted visitor.

Stay away!  This is MY bath!

Stay away! This is MY bath!

Then her mate showed up to guard her while she continued to bath.

I'll keep watch for you.

I’ll keep watch for you.

She enjoyed her bath for a long time.

Shake it mama bird!

Shake it mama bird!

But once the mate flew back into the shrub she got even more visitors!

Look!  She's hogging the bath!

Look! She’s hogging the bath!

Eventually it was all just too much for her.

That's it!  There's no privacy here!

That’s it! There’s no privacy here!

And the visitors were left on their own.

Was it something we said?

Was it something we said?

Always an adventure. And to think if I was working I’d have missed it all.

Internet photo of Junco.  Not here yet.  Thank goodness.

Internet photo of Junco. Not here yet. Thank goodness.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

16 thoughts on “Busy day at the bath

  1. No Juncos here yet either, but as I mowed the lawn yesterday I saw a few signs that made me think fall – distressing, because it really is too early.


  2. Lovely post. You were quick to capture her bath and fun times splashing around!


  3. Great photos, Dawn, and yes, we, too, are fortunate you’re no longer reporting for work every day! I don’t guess I’ve ever seen a cat bird. Does it meow, heehee?!!


  4. This is the greatest! For 2 catbirds to show up like that is unusual- your bird bath is very inviting I would say. Wonderful shots- thanks for sharing as a bird watcher and lover of birds I totally enjoyed it


  5. Fun! Bird baths are so entertaining


  6. Hilarious!


  7. Cute pictures! And I never realized that about juncos, wonder if the same is true around here. I’m having a peek in at my blogging friends from my vacation in Maine; it seems like summer disappears in a blur once I get home each year, so I’m glad you didn’t really have such an early sign of that season which must not be named!


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