Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The birds tell it like it is


It was sunny yesterday. Cold, but sunny, and there’s no way I wanted to waste a sunny day doing laundry. Plus I figured the birds would be hungry. So I headed out to my favorite park, dressed in layers, with cleats on my boots, and a long lens on my camera.

The heron rookery waiting patiently for spring.

I visited the boardwalk first, to see if I could garner another audience with the queen, but though she was in the thicket, she didn’t deem me worthy. It was early, but other small birds were more than happy to jump aboard the hand for breakfast.

This little one glowed in the morning light.

Ms. Redbelly, however, would only eat from the railing. Though she seemed very interested in what I was doing out there on such a cold early morning.

“If I hurry I can come back for seconds!”

I spent entirely too much time out there trying to coax the queen in, and finally my frozen toes and fingers insisted I move on or go home. I moved on.

“No time to lose, the queen could snatch up the rest of breakfast if I don’t move fast!”

I specifically wanted to hike the trails at the back of the park, looking for deer. But I think I’ll let the birds tell you the story.

“Bout time you got here, lady. We’ve been waiting.”
“I’ll just let everybody else know you’re finally arrived.”

“I heard you had peanuts!”
“My private dining table is at the top of this tree.”

“Hey! I’m wearing my red badge, I was supposed to get preferential treatment!”

“You better be here when I get back!”

“Those woodpeckers think they’re all that.”

“Yea, I don’t know what all the fuss is about. She drops plenty of stuff for all of us.”

“But she didn’t leave ANYTHING in my favorite feeder!”

“Really??! Not ANYTHING?”

“You silly little Titmouse, you didn’t look hard enough!”

“Why, I got a suet nugget!!”

“I’m TELLING! You always get the good stuff!”

“Seriously lady, I’m very disappointed in you. And I bet you don’t see any deer either, if you don’t get going.”

And did I see any deer? Well, these demanding birds have taken up all my time.

You’ll have to wait and see.

“Drama queens, all of you!”

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 “The birds tell it like it is

  1. You and the birds get so close to each other!!! The ones in my backyard fly away almost as soon as I open the back door — even when I have my dog “Wait!” and not run outside!


    • My birds at home also fly as soon as I open the back door. Though they don’t go far, and they are back before I’m back in the house if I put out food. The birds from this post are at Kensington, where they are regularly fed, so they hang around close, hoping for a treat. In fact, if I’m taking a picture of something else, I hear them flying around my head wanting to know where the good stuff is.


  2. I absolutely love this! The photos, the commentary, all of it. Good for you. I was contemplating going out but not gonna happen. The wind is fierce and the temps are at a “feels like” of -40… nope. And, just in case… NOPE.


    • I was out on Thursday. I thin it was around 19 when I arrived at the park, but in the low 30s when I left. I was only cold when I was standing on the boardwalk, in the wind, standing still trying to get the Queen (Mrs Cardinal) to come out of the bushes. Back in the woods, walking, it was all fine. I even had my gloves off frequently while feeding the birds.

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  3. Wow! And repeat -wow! I used to love the little titmouse (titmice?) when they came to my feeders when I lived in the mid Hudson valley of New York. I think they don’t visit the west though.


  4. Having them eat out of your hand and photographing them in mid-flight?! Oh, the talent. The photos are wonderful; the captions are a riot.


  5. Outstanding! I don’t know how you get such good shots, especially when it must’ve been freezing out there. Having the birds tell the story is a great idea … and each one looks sassy enough to have said what you’ve captioned, too!


  6. Love the commentary and banter! Big smile! 🙂


  7. What a fabulous sequence of birds, and I like how you ended with the dear little chickadee.


  8. This was great! Thanks for the giggle.


  9. I wish I could have joined you on that outing!!


  10. Gorgeous shots, Dawn. Hanging out with those birds beats doing laundry every single time! 😀


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