the flitting blur at first light.
staring right at me.
Wait!!! Where is my camera!?!
Thursday morning, when I first awoke, I noticed a tiny bird flitting about the butterfly bush outside my bedroom window. Instantly I jumped out of bed, put on my glasses and carefully approached the window. And what came into focus?! One of my very favorite winter visitors! A ruby-crowned Kinglet!
Kinglets never sit still for more than a brief moment. Due to their very fast metabolism they need to constantly forage for insects. They weigh about 6 to 8 grams and can loose up to a third of their body weight within 20 minutes of not eating. Kinglets are generally solitary and live in conifer forests.
Throughout winter, I often spot them outside my windows, where I watch them glean tiny insects from branches and leaves in the garden. When defending their territory or trying to impress a potential mate, they flare their ruby crown patches in order to show off its raised crest.
Some day I hope to spot its cousin, the Golden-crowned Kinglet! 🙂