Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Meanwhile, back at the feeders…


The European Starlings descended on our feeders one afternoon this week.

Hmmmm, this suet seems to be a bit stale.

I only see these birds in the winter, though I read they are year round residents.

But not so stale that I’ve got it to myself.

All I know for sure is that they are pigs and will empty a feeder and eat a whole block of suet in a day. Many people don’t like them because they are invasive.

I guess we can get along and share it.

But, when the sun shines on them just right they are beautiful.

I think the prettiest bird should have first dibs on the food.

On this day the skies were dull and there was little light. But I’ve seen them in sunlight on other winter days and been mesmerized.

I think you’ve got a big head, that’s what I think.

This week I first noticed them fighting each other over the suet feeder. But soon enough they were on the peanut feeder too, a favorite with our Red Bellied woodpeckers.

Hey! Back off, the peanuts are MINE!

The woodpecker stood his ground, telling the starlings off and eventually winning the right to eat in peace.

Geeze…what’s the world coming to I ask you?

In fact, after that little run-in all the starlings moved to the ground in the backyard and then on to greener pastures.

No need to mess with that woodpecker, plenty of seed down here for us.

But they’ll be back.

What you talkin about?


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.

22 thoughts on “Meanwhile, back at the feeders…

  1. I started dealing with the starlings by putting out dried mealworms. They love them (as do robins and mockingbirds) and once they were available, they’d eat those and ignore the rest of the peanuts and seed. When I ran out, the starlings disappeared, but when I put them back in the feeders after about two months, it took them all of one day to find them again — and they continued to ignore the rest of the seed. No guarantees, but it might be worth trying.


  2. They are deceptively pretty! They seem just black with specks on them u til the light hits. It funny, when I go to our bird sanctuary, I only see them in winter, too…
    Lovely shots and, as always, entertaining commentary.


  3. They are pretty in your photos. I would love to see them in sunlight.


  4. The third picture made me see Starlings in an entirely different light – I’ve never seen the color variations when I used to have them visit my feeders in person. They are a lot like the red-winged blackbirds – they came in huge groups and were very greedy.


  5. We had those birds visit us this week too. They like to come in the spring when the grubs hatch from the ground. I remain impressed with the photos you catch of all of them. It’s fun to have something like birds to watch to make the winter seem a little less long, right? 🙂


  6. I love your last picture! That woodpecker peeping out behind the feeder looks like he’s playing Hide-and-Seek. Monkey got a hold of some suet on one of our walks and refused to drop it. After getting a bit of it down, he promptly threw it all back up (in the yard of one of our local judges!). Glad I didn’t have to play Cleanup!


  7. Beautiful! I especially like the ‘peek-a-boo’ photo!


  8. Enjoyed the story and pictures. I know starlings are considered invasive pests, but they are pretty, and they get hungry, too.


  9. Love how those woodpeckers stand their ground!


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