Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

This week’s noisy smile


It’s been a crazy winter, right? Some parts of our country have seen snow where no snow is expected. Other parts are flooding, or fighting wildfires. I think we’ll all be glad to say goodbye to this winter, and for me, the first true sign that spring is right around the corner is the sound of the red-winged blackbird.

Hmmmmm…this peanut looks good.

It’s a distinctive cry that I haven’t heard around my house yet this year. Other people, not so far away from me, are hearing them already and have for awhile. My Facebook memories say that it was on this date when I heard them first last year.

I’ll just fluff myself up and let out my best territory protection scream. I’m sure the girls will be flocking to me in no time.

Today it’s too windy to hear much of anything here, but yesterday was a beautiful morning and I headed out to Kensington where I almost always find something beautiful or exciting or just fun.

I’ve picked out the perfect patch of cattails to build our home. Now I just need to find the perfect sweetie.

I found all of that in the massive flocks of red-winged blackbirds all screeching for a mate, while flocking to food, hanging on to swaying cattails, or flying up into trees to sing even louder. Their combined sound was almost overwhelming.

I can’t find the ladies anywhere! And trust me, I’ve looked!

But it sure made me smile!

I guess I’ll just keep singing.

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.

33 thoughts on “This week’s noisy smile

  1. I love the call of the Red Winged Blackbird. Beautiful photos.


  2. Your captions made me laugh! Surely this good-looking guy will find a mate.


  3. Won’t be long before they start dive-bombing anyone too close to the nests… Great photos. I haven’t seen any yet, cool that you got a chance to get out and see them for your first real taste of spring.


  4. Red-winged blackbirds are stunningly beautiful. I didn’t realize that until I saw your photos. Great shots.


  5. Beautiful pictures! I hadn’t heard of the fires. Wow! In March?


  6. We will be happy to see this winter in the rear view mirror. Bye, Felicia!

    I thought my bluebirds were just protecting the nesting box just off patio; chasing away other potential tenants. Mr & Mrs B like to “talk” with me while perched mere feet away atop the pergola. This morning I realized that they have already hatched their first brood! Mom & Dad were finding juicy bugs to feed their babies! That always makes me smile. 😊

    I’m glad you found your beautiful red winged blackbirds! Thank you for sharing!


  7. You need to sign that poor Romeo on


  8. And I just saw a male here today too! I sure wish the females were as easy to see. They are so … demure in appearance. 🙂 Though I bet they aren’t demure in their attitude.


  9. Lovely SMILE post!! And they are beautiful birds. Spring is around the corner! YAY!! 🤩


  10. That is a stunning bird – the wing is so vibrant! Lovely captures of it!


  11. Nice shots! Love when you can see the wing bars.


  12. There are some down at the lake and they dive bomb me and squalk! They will be here soon…:)


  13. I grew up with these perching on corn stalks. Now, I see them atop cattails, but that wonderful noise is the same!


    • Such a distinctive sound. I’m always happy to hear it in early spring. Then, of course, they eat everything on my feeder, so after awhile I put out stuff they don’t like so much so the other birds can eat something.


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  15. When I hear their call I know spring is arriving. Such a welcome sound. Beautiful captures of these beauties!


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