Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

They’re back!


I’ve heard the herons are back out at Kensington, I’ve even seen pictures on Michigan birding Facebook groups of them flying around repairing and remodeling their nests in preparation for this year’s branchers. (Did you know baby herons were called branchers? Me either, I had to look it up!)

Everybody claims their place in the neighborhood.

This morning, feeling restless, I decided to go out to see even though it was spitting snow and ice cold rain. But the forecast says it’s only going to get worse around here in the next week so I decided to just go this morning.

Bringing in additional building material.

I arrived at the nature center around 7:45, it was dark and dreary and there were no other cars, unusual in my experience. Apparently most photographers knew better than to even try. I worried that there wasn’t enough light for my long lens.

Coming in for a landing.

As I was standing on the boardwalk, struggling to capture the comings and goings at the heron rookery, I heard a very loud cry right next to my right elbow.

Hey lady!!!!

This guy was demanding breakfast. It kind of felt like I was still at home with a certain short fuzzy little girl. I stopped what I was doing and offered him a couple peanuts from my pocket. He eagerly jumped into my hand and scarfed them up.

Hurry up lady, I’m starving over here!

I had been wondering, on my drive to the park, whether the female blackbirds had arrived. And yes they have. At least one has. And she was disgruntled to be out there in the snow, so I gave her a few peanuts too.

What’s with the snow, lady? I expected spring would get here before I did!

I took a few more shots of the herons, vowing to come back some sunny morning, then headed into the woods. I was looking for skunk cabbage, a sure sign that it’s spring around here, even though it’s still snowing.

Nobody every gives me anything.

And of course I’d be visiting with my favorite little birds. I’ll share those with you in the next post.

We and our lady friend will wait right here until you come back, lady.

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.

16 thoughts on “They’re back!

  1. Dawn, your captions are always hilarious, but your photos are fantastic. I think the other photographers missed out on a good photo op. The stance on ‘nobody ever gives me anything’ is a riot. I hope he and all his buddies are still there when you come back–with more food next time, please!


  2. Even though the day was gray, you got some terrific pictures. I did not know what baby herons were called. Appropriate! I especially like the last picture with the birds on the rail.


  3. Love your captions. 🙂 And I really love your bird photos.


  4. That looks like fun! Herons are sooooo coool. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen them in trees. I guess I need to look up more often😀


  5. Great photos! The one where she’s coming in for a landing is really cool. Herons are such interesting birds to watch. I like the red-wing blackbirds too. I don’t see them much around here, but I remember them well from my younger days in MI.

    What kind of bird is the angry one captioned “Nobody every gives me anything”? Hilarious! I hope you returned to give him a tidbit. 🙂


  6. These are fabulous — thanks for braving the elements so we can enjoy them, too! That puffed-up “angry” bird made me laugh out loud — I’d have been a tad scared not to give him something. And you’re right: I had no idea what baby herons were called!


  7. You found some birds! Good thing you have peanuts in your pocket!


    • I try not to go out there without something for them. Especially when it’s cold and there’s nothing much out there to eat. They were all pretty frantic when I was out there.


  8. Wonderful photos, Dawn! The heron bringing in the additional nesting material looks almost prehistoric. A pterodactyl in flight.

    Good thing you had something to feed the birds. They look almost angry. Perhaps it’s the weather. 🙂


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