Two things came together for today’s posting: the 2023 Creston Valley Bird Festival used a picture of a Golden-crowned Kinglet on their annual poster; my daughter, Cynthia, found and introduced me to the bird. Now, both of these events were about only one type of bird, but there are only two kinglets that visit us, so let’s treat them both.
Kinglets are very small birds, about the size of hummingbirds and so about half the size of a Black-capped Chickadee. They move about frenetically, often high in the trees and so are rather difficult to spot and photograph. Kinglets (little kings) get their name from their coloured crown.
Kinglets are most visible in early spring and late fall when a number of them are passing through the area.
We start with the Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but as all the ones I have seen were in an April, these are all from earlier years. Then presented are the recent Golden-crowned Kinglets.
This Ruby-crowned Kinglet seems to lack a coloured crown. That is either because it is a female (which does lack it) or a tranquil male (for which it is hidden).
When excited, the male Ruby-crowned Kinglet will display a red crown.
These red feathers were displayed in response to a scratching.
Both sexes of Golden-crowned Kinglets show the coloured crown.
When the Golden-crowned Kinglet is excited its golden crown become flecked with red.
Launching shots are more likely due to the frenetic behaviour. Photo by Cynthia Fraser.
A Golden-crowned Kinglet snacks on a fly.