Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The band of five bullies


Looking for a smile, I’ve been observing my birds as they go about their daily struggle to find food. Though it’s really not such a big struggle in my yard, the feeder is pretty well stocked most of the time.

Hurry up lady!

The struggle seems to be the hierarchy of who gets to eat first when fresh seed has been put out.

I’ll take my fair share now. And yours too.

The little birds, the goldfinches, now sporting their bright summer dinner attire, and the titmouse, the chickadees and the sparrows all sit up in the trees and sing their alerts when I’m out filling the feeder. The bravest among them will swoop down and grab something before I’ve even gone inside.

These two lovebirds weren’t interested in the feeder. They needed to get a room.

They have to hurry because shortly after I’m in the house the band of five arrives with intimidating calls and flashes of bright blue wings.

Alert! We have arrived, all move aside, we are hungry!

Yes, I have some bullies the control my bird feeder. There are usually five of them, and they take over daily. Today I attempted, from inside the house, to capture them in full drama mode.

I didn’t capture everything, and I was shooting through a dirty window in low light and should have done a couple things with the settings but there wasn’t time.

We do not wait in line!

And to be honest, in the thrill of the moment I forgot anyway.

I’ll try this again, maybe if I spend more time outside on the deck they’ll get used to me and I can eliminate the dirty window part of the whole adventure! Today it was too cold and windy. We got a snow squall just after I took these.


But, given the virus, I figure I’ll have a lot more days at home to try again.

Jays are not the only bullies.

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.

29 thoughts on “The band of five bullies

  1. Those bullies look mean. Your photos are wonderful, but I tell you I wouldn’t mess with those blue jays.


  2. Your captions are a riot! We don’t have too many blue jays in my yard. In fact, we don’t seem to have too many birds at all. Maybe they are intimidated by the squirrels–that are everywhere!


    • I have lots of squirrels too. Little red ones, regular brown ones, black ones, and some in between. The birds and squirrels here seem to coexist fine. Most of them don’t even mind Katie when she’s sleeping out there. It’s me they aren’t fond of.

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  3. How I love that “Incoming” picture — amazing detail there! Seems we’ve had more jays this year thus far, too. They might be noisy, but they’re far prettier to look at than the grackles. I probably should clean our windows as well, but it’s far too cold out to mess with them right now.


  4. Our squirrels are the bullies and of them, the little red squirrels are the bully-est. once I saw one grab the nuts of a gray squirrel – and I don’t mean the nuts in his mouth!


  5. Those jays can certainly cause a ruckus. Wonderful picture of the jay flying in for a landing.


  6. Jays can be bullies, not just on the feeder. Some nice captures, even with the dirty window. Maybe it won’t be too long before you can open the window and take some through the open window.


  7. How fun yo have them to keep you company. Blue jays are aggressive, that’s for sure.


  8. Blue jays are like that, but they are beautiful. Love that shot of the one swooping down through the air!


  9. Fun shots of your bird brains, Dawn! So much fun to watch. My dogs keep chasing the squirrels which in turn scares the birds away from our backyard feeders! I had a hummer that protected the feeder last year and he bullied the others. It was quite hilarious to watch. Too fast for my camera! Great shots, fun entertainment, thanks for sharing!


  10. Your incoming shot was wonderful! And the love birds… too cute!
    We don’t have Blue Jays out here in the Phoenix area… but when we are at the summer house in Pennsylvania we get many! And they squawk…!


  11. “bright summer dinner attire” was a great visual!


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  13. Great shots and fun captions. Blue Jays are the name of Toronto’s baseball team.


    • I saw a Blue Jay game when we were in Toronto on our honeymoon back a whole lot of years. It was in a stadium where they could open the roof. Wonder if they’re still in that one.


  14. They may be bullies but I just love them so. Your photo incoming is stupendous!


  15. I love the birds and seeing them try to get the best of the best food lol. We have the blue jays, the cardinals, the wrens, the yellow butt warblers, chickadees, mockingbirds, blue birds and woodpeckers. The mockingbirds are the most annoying they have a nest close by and when I am watering this one will not shut up she follows me around the front yard whistling at me but it gets quite annoying. Great pics Dawn enjoy the down time I know I am trying to do the same. My nature walks are now walking around the yard to see whats new lol.


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