Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Morning smile


Wow, what a crazy time we are living in. But this morning I received a gift and I thought I’d share it with you.

A couple weeks ago, while in a wildlife store purchasing thistle seed for my finches I heard that evening grosbeaks were being seen on local feeders even though their range doesn’t normally come this far south.

I’d never seen an evening grosbeak, so I looked them up in my birdbook and began to keep watch. Nothing much showed up, at least while I was watching, but this morning as I was passing by the glass door in my kitchen I noticed a shape on the railing that didn’t fit my regular bird visitors.

The early morning light is bad, but there she is!

Whatever it was was bigger than my little birds, and sort of the shape of a smallish robin. And then, in the early morning light there was a slight flash of yellow. And that white bar on the wing. The light was so poor, but I couldn’t help but grab the camera, change the lens to the long one, amp up the ISO and try.

I was satisfied with the bad photo because I had proof of my visitor. And that made me smile.

Then the bird, I think it’s a female, flew up into the tree above the birdfeeder, watching the chaos that always surrounds morning breakfast.

A little more light, but still not great.

Still the light was bad and I had to up the ISO until the image looks more like an illustration than a photo. But I was smiling.

She dropped down for a try at the feeder.

“Maybe I’ll grab a quick bite during this lull in activity at the breakfast bar.”

She made it in to grab a seed but the bully bluejays were right there chasing her away.

“Gotta be quick!”

I put the camera away to tend to the dog. But passing by another window I saw morning light slice across her as she sat on the railing, picking up seed others had left behind.

The rising sun gives us just a peek at how beautiful she is.

And then, wonder of wonder, she dropped down to the deck, right into a patch of light.

“Nom, nom, nom.”

I think she did that just for me.

I especially liked this shot, that shows the dog footprints on the frosty deck. Katie and I had just been outside, filing the feeders and sniffing for good stuff.

“Hmmmm…smells like dog around here.”

I’m sure glad she stuck around to show me herself. She’s definitely part of the good stuff around here. She was a gift this cold November morning.

And now I’m sharing it with you.


Look how pretty the wings are from the back.

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.

28 thoughts on “Morning smile

  1. How beautiful! It’s like the spotlight is on her–not to be outdone by Katie’s footprints, of course! She is lovely, Dawn. Definitely good stuff.

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  2. Beautiful bird, nicely photographed. Your patience paid off with big [little bird] rewards.


  3. What a beautiful bird!! Thank you, Dawn, for patiently waiting until you could get a good shot of her — those in the sun are amazing! I’ve never seen one of these, other than pictures in a book, so I’m thrilled to “meet” her!!


  4. Very cool. I take a lot of pictures of birds, but am not a birder myself. I know people who are, and a new bird in the neighborhood is always exciting.


  5. WOW! What a gift! I can imagine how thrilled you were—I haven’t seen any here in Northeast Tennessee either, although I know they are sighed in a neighboring county. Thank you so much for sharing these with us! She’s beautiful!


  6. Oh what a fun gift! I have never seen this kind of grosbeak. In Pennsylvania we have the Rose Breasted Grosbeak. But have heard that these Evening Grosbeaks pass through once in a while.

    Love the one with Katie’s footprints!

    Happy week to you!

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  7. A gift indeed! We used to have them visit all the time. Now we rarely see them, unfortunately.


  8. What a thrill! Thanks for sharing with us.


  9. I love the little butt shot!


  10. Isn’t it wonderful when a ‘stranger’ shows up? Sometimes I think nature does give us little gifts — another version of “Ask, and ye shall receive”!


  11. What a beautiful gift she is! (I’m calling her a she even though I have no clue what she really is – male or female.) Have you heard about the Cornell Bird Lab? If not, check it out. I am going to be part of their feeder identification program this winter as soon as my stuff arrives!


  12. WOW!!! What a thrill! Wonderful captures Dawn


  13. How beautiful! Makes me smile. 🙂


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