Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Backyard spectacular


I’m so excited by the birds in my backyard. Some come every day, no matter the weather.

“I hope she’s provided a better quality jelly this morning.”

Some only show themselves to me for moments…

“Please note my subtle beauty.”

…in all their finery.

“I know it’s hard not to stare at me.”

And this one has only visited once and luckily I was standing in the window with my camera.

“Do you see me?”

If I could, I’d stand all day long at my windows with the camera.

“I’ll pose for you!”

Pretty amazing.

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 “Backyard spectacular

  1. Beautifully amazing! Our variety here seems less than what I had in south central Oregon, but I still enjoy seeing whatever stops by.


  2. Cool to see a pileated woodpecker. I’ve had a hard time getting a good shot of one.


  3. I didn’t see it at first, but after the last picture, I knew what I was looking for.


  4. I know, right? So much happens all day long right outside our windows. Thanks for a slice of the fun, Dawn — I love the “subtle” one!


  5. What a variety you have. That subtle one is a beauty. We seem to only have blue jays and cardinals here. One must be trying to make a nest in a shrub right by the front door. Every time I go in/out, the bird flies across the street. I probably need to use another door.


    • Yep. We had a robin build a nest on our Christmas wreath on the front of the house one year. OK, we were slightly (a lot) late getting it taken down, and once she started building we left it up until the babies left home. But every time we went out of the front door she’d fly off. Eventually we stopped using the front door.

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  6. Pileated woodpeckers here in the PacNW are usually so noisy that you can’t miss them. I had a female (a red head but a duller color red than the male) stay within 5 or 6 feet of me while she pecked away at a stump and dug out all the good things to eat there, and I kept moving around, slowly, so she had to know I was there, but she stayed. I posted the video on my blog, can’t remember where. 🙂 I like that third photo of yours from the top … great photos all of them.


  7. We’ve had a pileated woodpecker attacking an old tree the past few weeks. They are soooo cool! Love their calling sound.

    My poor birds were frantic this morning. The bear stopped by last night and destroyed all my feeders…..ugh. I should have been bringing them inside at night.


    • Uh oh! BEAR? We have a marauding raccoon. We had to take our feeders in each night for about a week before I guess he or she found someone else to terrorize. I hope your bear gives up! The pileated woodpecker was back this morning Makes me wonder about the tree he’s chosen…


  8. Beautiful and great photography. We live in an amazing world.


  9. We are definitely birds of a feather my friend! What could be better than a day spent with backyard birds and camera in hand?


  10. Dawn you get the most wonderful birds visiting! Thanks for sharing!


  11. I’m right there with you on bird-watching. They are so busy at this time of the year. Great shots from the window (aka, my favorite spot too!). Yesterday I had a Mr. & Mrs. Cardinal land on my lawn furniture – can’t prove it because I didn’t have my camera ready! Happy Spring to you!


  12. Your birds are amazing – and sonars the photos!


  13. Such a beautiful variety of birds you have! Happy spring, Dawn! 🙂


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