Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Descent of the cardinals (and their friends).


I interrupt my eagle search to bring you this morning’s craziness right here at home. We’re getting a light snow. It’s cold. Katie and I were napping as the early morning light began to invade our dreams.

“Come on over, there’s plenty for everybody!”

I glanced outside and was both amazed and guilty as I saw birds all over the empty feeders, searching frantically for something, anything, to eat.

“Hey! Can we get a little water over here?”

Stuffing my naked feet into an old pair of sneakers, and throwing on a sweatshirt, not slowing for a coat, gloves or boots, I ran outside. Katie waited in the comfort of her palace, watching me intently.

“I think this lady serves the best oilers in town.”

My freezing fingers fumbled with the seed bin lid. The birds stayed close, not flying to their usual safe places, sitting on the deck, in the honeysuckle bush, the beech tree, hovering around my head.

They were too hungry to be afraid.

“Don’t judge me, I’m having a bad hair day.”

I filled the thistle feeder, the oiler feeders, the suet cage and then spread seed along the railing so that all of them could eat without having to wait their turns.

“I think I’ll head over to the quieter thistle feeder. These cardinals are crazy”

And they did. And in return they let me take their pictures.

“Yep, she puts on a great spread. She was a little late today, but it was worth the wait.”

I’d say it was a even exchange.

“I heard there was a ‘one shot, one treat’ rule around here. I already gave you my one shot.”

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.

14 thoughts on “Descent of the cardinals (and their friends).

  1. Wow, what great shots! We’ve had a lot of cardinals here this winter too, not so many blue Jay’s but there are a few. Lots of juncos, chickadees and sparrows.


  2. Wonderful shots! You have such a great variety of birds. We seem to be mostly limited to House Sparrows here – at least that’s what I’ve seen so far. A few Scrub Jays and some doves, but they don’t come to our patio to the feeders.


  3. Beautiful, beautiful pictures! The birds eat so much this time of year that it is sometimes hard to keep up with them.


  4. The ‘bad hair day’ was your one shot?! haha! These birds have been listening to Katie waaaay too much! Your photos are wonderful, Dawn, but your captions always make me laugh.


  5. Poor little hungry birdies! You’ve got a big heart, Dawn, going outside in such beastly weather and loading up all the feeders. No wonder they trust you and submit to pictures!


  6. Great images Dawn! I’m sure they appreciated your effort to get them some grub!


  7. Great photos of all the birds. They are wonderful to look at.


  8. Love, love, love the humor.. and photos too. Thank you!


  9. Great photos, especially with the hint of snow! Love all the backyard birds, especially those sweet chickadees.

    I groan every time I look out the window and see all the water in the bird bath has evaporated in the -10 degree weather. But I bundle up and tromp on out there with a refill.

    Those birds have us trained pretty well. 😊

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  10. Wonderful pictures. The birds look cold.


  11. Oh my goodness! You make me giggle!! “Hey lady, where is our food!” 🤣 Love how they all waited patiently for you to feed them all. Such beauties, especially those Cardinal’s! Wow, do they just pop with their colors!!! I absolutely love birding through the lens of your camera with the most beautiful photos!!! ❤️❤️❤️


  12. Loved the red cardinal with the snow on its beak … and the “one shot” fellow. whoop. 🙂


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  14. Great closeups! I so wish we saw cardinals more often up here–it’s rare when a sighting happens.


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