Friday, April 28, 2017

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglets are among the smallest songbirds in North America. (Google assures me that the Verdin is smaller—and hummingbirds are not songbirds.) They do, however, lay the largest clutch for their size of any North American bird—12 eggs (Swanson et al. 2008).

Erika and I encountered this kinglet in the Cannon River Wilderness Area on 22 April 2017. Unlike most Ruby-crowned Kinglets, this one perched stock-still. Usually, they constantly flick their wings. Thus it took me a few seconds to figure out its identity.  Note the thin, white eye-ring and the golden edges to the wing feathers. Without being able to see the color of its crown, you can not tell this bird's sex.

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