Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Bird stories


Who knew that one partial day of bird photography could turn into three blog posts? Well. To be honest, I know I take way too many pictures, and then I have no place to share them but here. So you are once again subjected to my interpretation of bird life.

I’m sure the birds don’t mind me sharing their inner most private thoughts.

“No I will not stand still so you can get your focus right.”

As I was leaving the nature center, fingers and toes frozen but happy that I saw the eagle and all the other birds, I noticed a flury of activity centered on a stairway railing.

“Hurry up, we’re calling this meeting to order in a minute!”

Someone had left a pile of seed on a post and the blue jays decided to share the spoiles. Most unusual as they aren’t usually known for sharing anything.

“As Chairman of the Board I reserve the right to the peanut.”

No one else was invited to the feast. They seemed to be an exclusive club, and were definitely showing their true colors.

“This is ours!”

There was much flapping and jeering and jostling for position among them. But when another bird tried to join in, they became a united front. Only jays allowed.

“We can vote on it, but historically resolutions to allow chickadees into our group has never been approved.”

Beautiful bullies, those jays.

And then I was driving home, wishing the eagle had stayed a bit longer, but happy with what I had. And out of the corner of my eye, as I crossed the last bridge before the park exit, I saw this:

Looks like Swan Lake to me.

So I turned around and parked at a lot above the river and walked back down. Because who can resist swans and blue water on a beautiful winter day?

I spent a lot of time watching them come and go, and then I walked over to the other side of the bridge and saw this lovig couple.

“This salad bar is boring, I’ll just freshen up over here.”

Well, actually, he was busy eating and she was thinking that a bit of grooming was in order. Typical. But then he puffed all up.

“Looking bigger and more beautiful, I’ll keep my girl all to myself.”

Was he just showing off for his lovely partner? Or was there a something more suspicious?

“I wouldn’t go down there if I were you, looks like this part of the river is already occupied.”

A flock of swans flies overhead. Could that mean danger? Would he have to defend his sweetheart?

“This looks like a fine place to take a break, plus there’s a cute girl over there!”

Oh no! A brave interloper lands! He must be dealt with swiftly!

“Let me introduce myself. I am the supreme ruler of this part of the river, and you are trespassing!”

With no time to spare the original swan was on the case.

“Not on my watch, buddy!”

The offending swan, uttering his apologies, immediately moved on.

“Sorry, man, I’m outta here!”

Life got back to normal on this little part of the river, and the two love birds lived happily ever after.

“Well, OK then. The nerve of some swans.”

The end.

When I got back to the car a lone bluejay greated me hopefully.

“Thanks for visiting our park, lady! You got anything to eat?”

And I smiled at him, shook my head and waved goodbye for now. I’ll be back. I know they’ll be waiting for me.

“Well. If you don’t have anything to share I’m outta here too.”

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.

30 thoughts on “Bird stories

  1. “Swan Lake” looks like a peaceful place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to challenge those Blue Jays for the food they found. They can be loud … and mean! I’ve read that swans are monogamous, and you’ve captured this lovely pair beautifully!


  2. I love your stories, and the illustrations!

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  3. Lovely bird pics ~ I especially love the swans 💙


  4. I love your stories, too.


  5. Thanks for sharing so I can get my Blue Jay fix. I don’t have any showing up yet and I miss them!


  6. Good story. I know I see blue birds around here, but swans rarely. Your photos of them, their feathers, are beautiful.


  7. Thank you for your imagination!


  8. These are wonderful. The blue jays on the post…stunning. We saw two eagles Sunday. No cameras of course. They were on two telephone poles as we drove home from the Jersey shore.


  9. Phew, you caught a wonderful sequence with those swans! What a wonderful place for birds.


  10. I love your bird photos and the cute little comments, snippets of bird conversations! Well done!


  11. Beautiful pictures and I loved the bird chatter! Thank you for sharing. 😊


  12. Wow. Great photos and fun interpretation of bird words. “So you are once again subjected to my interpretation of bird life.” Please continue to do so Dawn!!


  13. Such pretty photos! I seem to have lost my photo mojo lately:)


  14. I love it and I’m so happy you have no place else too share all your photos, cuz I love them all! Your stories are wonderful too!! Keep sharing please! 🥰


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