Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Smiling this week


The week is literally flying by as I smile while watching the spring arrivals at my bird feeders.

Male cardinal, female and male grosbeaks, shot through the living room window complete with reflections.

May 1st was a very very big day, as the first two male Baltimore orioles showed up, brilliant in their orange feathers.

Welcome back Mr. Oriole! We’ve missed you!

Their feeder had only been up one day when they arrived, so perhaps they’ve been around a few days. I hope they didn’t get too hungry waiting for me.

All day today, May 2nd, the oriole feeder has been active, with the beautiful orange birds, plus others who stopped by for a taste.

Energized for takeoff!

Today I saw my first Grosbeaks, two males at my seed feeder fighting each other for space at the table. One finally chased the other off, but then seemed kind of confused.

Waiting his turn at a feeder.

I had his favorite food on the feeder, but he seemed interested in all the activity right next door at the oriole feeder. So he gave that a try.

Hey everyone, there’s desert over here!

Turns out he liked it and sat there tasting for quite some time. And when he noticed me he flew up into the tree to watch…

It’s safe up here to sort out what kind of options I have.

…then sat at the finch feeder eating thistle seed for a long time. He thinks he’s arrived at a smorgasbord. I guess he has.

Hmmmm, this is pretty good too!

And when a bluejay showed up he retreated to another feeder pole to watch the action.

Just resting between courses.

Yesterday I saw the first hummingbird too, checking out the oriole feeder because I hadn’t put up his feeder. I hurried up and got that out and he’s been back today. In fact I just saw him a few minutes ago. No pictures yet, he’s pretty shy.

And of course between the orioles and grosbeaks (a female showed up today too!!) and hummingbirds…

Sharing is hard sometimes.

…I have the usual gold finches and titmice and chickadees and bluejays and blackbirds and cardinals.

And this guy, image caught through the window and a screen.

Good water lady!

What made you smile this week? Tell us your story and link to Trent’s blog so we can all smile with you!

I make everybody smile!

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.

17 thoughts on “Smiling this week

  1. oh I do miss the southern songbirds. I love the oriole’s song. Great captures.


  2. Watching the birds is always fun. Nice photos.


  3. You get a lot of birds, Dawn! All I ever see is blue jays and cardinals, mostly. They dive into the trees in my yard and then come zooming out. I doubt they are living in harmony, but it’s fun to watch them. These photos made me smile!


  4. The grosbeaks and orioles are not common here in Iowa. Thanks for the photos.


  5. You must get them a bit earlier than on the west side of the state. We haven’t seen any of our Spring birds yet. Always welcome their arrival.


  6. This makes me smile, too! Always nice to see the birds return, knowing Spring has officially arrived. I need to get some bird feeders up, but something tells me I won’t draw half the crowd you do!


  7. Your birds are beautiful, and I love that goldfinch on the wing!


  8. These photos are great! How cool your shutter was so fast it captured these birds with their wings spanned. And is that squirrel black?


    • I always say you never know what you’ve captured when you’re shooting birds until you look at the images on a larger screen. Yes, the squirrel is black. We never used to have black squirrels around here but they showed up about 2 years ago. Now I have brown and black and grey and red squirrels. And they’re all hungry!

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