Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Breakfast – the most important meal of the day


After a few days of nothing but clouds and rain it was a relief to see the sun rising this morning. Apparently the birds in my backyard were happy too, as the feeder was as busy as Grand Central Station during the morning commute.

Not a great picture, but it makes the point that there was much coming and going this morning!

Everybody was flying in to grab a seed, though most of them were chased out by the next wave of incoming.

He would have stayed longer but at least he got some ‘to-go.’

The little birds, the chickadee, titmouse and nuthatch were mostly rousted out by bigger birds.

Scored one seed, will be back for more when it’s quieter.

Meanwhile, on the deck, someone else is getting a drink.

Always something good to drink here.

And another was just watching all the goings-on.

It’s way too busy for me on that feeder!

I was standing in the breakfast room, trying to get shots around all the distractions, lots of feeders, the dog in her pen, the railings were all things the camera wanted to focus on rather than the birds themselves.

But, regardless of my shortcomings, the birds kept on giving me fun images, even if most of them were never going to be stored on my memory card.


The comings and going were constant.


Just when one bird got comfortable and was enjoying breakfast another, usually larger and often noisier, swooped in and took over.

The biggest of all was this guy.

A large male grackle arrives late to the meal but manages to get a seat at the table.

He made quite a show, puffing up when he saw anyone else attempt to move in on him…

Don’t even try it!

…and giving the evil eye if the puffing up didn’t work.

The ‘look’ usually worked.

Still, a foolish little goldfinch wasn’t paying attention.

La, la, la…happy little goldfinch coming in for brunch.

He made a couple of circles, surveying the situation.

Maybe if I circle behind him I can squeeze in.

He wasn’t about to give up.

Maybe from this angle…

But in the end the poor guy had to concede that he was no match for the huge and boisterous crackle. After all, there are other feeders out there.

Never mind. I wasn’t that hungry anyway.

So in the end, for that moment anyway, the bully grackle won.

And I’ll eat my fill before I leave too.

But the little birds are very patient and once the big guys left, they happily settled down to the leftovers.

Looks like it’s all clear. Let’s eat!

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.

21 thoughts on “Breakfast – the most important meal of the day

  1. That’s a grackle, not a starling.
    What great entertainment.
    Today I put the last of the peanuts out until fall. The squirrels and birds will try to make me feel guilty about it for a while, then they’ll get over it.


  2. Oh my gosh, these are spectacular photos, making me smile and laugh. Love the goldfinch surveying things. Really great. Thank you.


  3. Amazing! Your photos are trippy and wonderful– and how the heck do you do that? Very impressed here.


  4. Lots of great shots of birds in action. Who needs television when you have all this?


  5. Your shots of the “incoming” birds give the illusion that they are levitating. Magical!


  6. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Thank you for giving me a smile this morning. 🙂


  7. Your action shots are fantastic!


  8. Love the pics great action in your backyard.


  9. Wow, the birds get to dine in or carry out! Good for them … and good for us, getting free entertainment without leaving our homes. Fabulous shots here, Dawn — and I love that little goldfinch’s patience!


  10. You had a fun day by the bird feeder! Great shots and lets hope for lots more happy day and sun!


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