Saturday, March 28, 2020

Golden-crowned Kinglet

This image looks like a cute photo of a Golden-crowned Kinglet next to a dandelion. But it is not cute—the bird is distressed. The bird hopped up to us while we were cleaning a bush pile in our backyard. It remained in the vicinity while I ran indoors to fetch my camera. The kinglet’s left side was badly damaged. The left eye was missing and the left wing was mutilated. We are not sure that the bird could fly. The bird appeared to have barely survived a predator attack—perhaps by a small owl, another raptor, or a cat. We did not put the bird out of its misery, although that may have been the humane action, and did not find the kinglet later in the day.

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