Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Goodbye little buddy


Several days last week I noticed a little house finch hanging around the feeders. We have a lot of birds that hang around, but this little guy sat on the feeders, leisurely pecking at the seed, seemingly unconcerned about the comings and going of other birds.

He wasn’t concerned about me coming and going either. He never moved, though he kept an eye on me, as I was filling feeders, until I reached for the one he was occupying. Then he’d fly up to the roof, or over to another feeder to wait. I walked right by him several times, within inches, and he didn’t move. He actually flew up to land on a feeder I was carrying one afternoon.

I knew he wasn’t well, his beak didn’t seem to work right, bits of oiler hull stuck to it. His eyes seemed faded.

I looked for him every morning to see if he had survived the night. Two mornings ago he watched me fill the feeders, walking by him in the process. He wasn’t moving at all, wasn’t eating. I avoided the feeder he was resting on, so as not to make him move.

A few hours later he was dead on the deck railing. I buried him under the ninebark bush, at the base of a lily plant, with a few bright red maple leaves to mark his place.

Bye-bye little guy. I hope you enjoyed your time here with us, you sure did make me smile.

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.

27 thoughts on “Goodbye little buddy

  1. Oh, poor little guy. Thank you for giving him a proper burial, Dawn.

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  2. Sad, but he knew that you are a sweet person!


  3. Oh, so sad. Such short lives our birdie friends have. You were good to him, Dawn, and I’m sure he appreciated it. Why, he’s probably made friends with Katie already, and the two of them are watching over you now!


  4. Poor little guy. So sad.


  5. So hard to see it and be able to do nothing. Poor critter.


  6. So sorry! Hard to watch any creature die.


  7. Sad indeed but thanks for what you did.


  8. Aww, you took good care of him and he now flies free!


  9. Bird flu maybe…poor guy at least he got a burial…thank you for that!


  10. No doubt he picked your place to spend his last days. Sweet story.


  11. Awww… how wonderful he ended up in your backyard, though. He must have felt a kind soul would take care of him. He was right.


  12. A couple of tears shed here. Thank you, Dawn. Thank you for paying attention and for caring and being a safe place for that little person.


  13. I think your feathered friend may have had avian pox
    They advise thoroughly cleaning your feeders with bleach and ground where there may be feces to prevent the disease from infecting other birds. There have been outbreaks all over the east this year. They seem to spike during migration when birds are on the move. Domestic chickens can catch it, too. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!


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