This was a bird that I’ve been gunning after for a long time. Golden-crowned Kinglets are tiny boreal forest birds. They are found throughout the year here in New England. Kinglets make a living in conifer trees and usually when I see them, they are high up and in the shadows. Thus getting good images is very challenging and my first attempts during the film days were dismal.
Yesterday I had three working in the spruce trees behind the house. They accepted my presence with ease and did not mind being watched.
Kinglets are very active, bobbing, weaving and fluttering about in the branches looking for tasty morsels.
These birds are not much bigger than your thumb. Like the Chickadees of the north, they impress me that they can stay alive through the winter.
That makes them tough as nails in my book.
They are named for their golden crown, which is always visible, unlike their cousin, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet which displays its crown under certain conditions.
Always active and always on the move, the Golden-crowned Kinglet gets the cool-dad award. He will take over feeding the brood of 8 to 9 fledgling and help feed the hen while she gets to work on a second clutch.
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