Kinglets – Times Two

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We have two species of Kinglets in North America. the Ruby-crowned and the Golden-crowned.  I’ve fortunately had both recently visiting my backyard foraging the evergreens, so how cool to share them together in one post for comparisons.

I’ve photographed the Ruby-crowned Kinglet several times in years prior, so I’ll start with the Golden-crowned.  It’s more befitting for another reason too….

Welcome to my bird lifer list #245 Golden-crowned Kinglet!  πŸ€—

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Golden-crowned Kinglet

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Above was my first photo taken, definitely blurry; but as I was taking that shot, I saw that yellow crest and knew I had to stay with this bird if I could.  It took 16 more shots to get the next two.

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Golden-crowned Kinglet (lifer #245)

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I could not believe it flew to the evergreen closest to me!

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Golden-crowned Kinglet

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The Ruby-crowned Kinglets have been around for several weeks, so I’ve had many more opportunities with them to share some pretty compositions.

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet (my favorite shot ever!)

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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Whereas both male and female Golden-crowned Kinglets have a yellow crest and display it at all times, only the male Ruby-crowned has the red crest and only displays it when he is excitedly courting a mate, or challenging a competitor or predator.

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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No luck with me catching the rare opportunity of a Ruby-crown’s red crest; but that could be a good thing, they feel safe and comfortable in my backyard for the time being.  Or maybe there isn’t a male in my visitors.  😏

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45 thoughts on “Kinglets – Times Two

  1. A beautiful little bird Donna,love the tail pattern, it must be a fast mover offering a challenge to capture. congrats on your lifer, I also feel a sense of your delight when you announce another lifer, love your passion for your/our birds, that is something we both share.

  2. Yay to #245! We’ve definitely caught the ruby-crowned quite a bit (year round residents?) Images with the ruby crown in evidence. I can’t keep up with the teeny birds, but I’m sure that the golden-crowned would have been mentioned if one had been seen. You’ve caught some amazing shots of these very active little ones who seem to like flitting in and out of the foliage. Super skill and patience definitely required. Good job!

    • Thank you very much, Gunta! Awesome on capturing the red crest!! I could see some RC Kinglets flitting this morning in my trees; and I tried to capture them, but they were too busy to oblige. πŸ˜‰

  3. How wonderful that you were able to capture these in your back yard. They are lovely! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Congrats on yet another Lifer, Donna! I saw my first ruby-crowned kinglet last year as it foraged for insects in my sedum flowers. Such a diminutive bird, I wondered what it was, and because it was below me while I was looking out a window, I saw its crown and was thrilled to be able to ID it. It was so cute!

  5. Beautiful photos Donna! …is it just me? At first glance photos 2 and 3 appear as an optical illusion. I had to zoom in to understand. The lines on the head and the yellow feathers threw me off!
    That little guy, he’s so cute❣❣

  6. It is not easy to photograph these types of small birds among the foliage.
    That’s why I think your most favorite photo of all times is very successful.
    Regards,
    Rudi

  7. Congratulations on lifer #245, Donna!!! It has such lovely patterns and coloring. How nice of it to fly to the closest evergreen. 😊 And I can see why that shot of the Ruby-crowned is your favorite, it’s adorable. It must be fun to watch flitting about.

    • Thank you very much, Barbara!! πŸ’ƒ It seems the Golden-crown has flown the coop, hehe, but I’m still seeing the Ruby-crowns, they are so tiny and move fast. I love the challenge!

    • Thank you, Simon! That first RCK shot is definitely my best ever. And then the back shot, it was like asking me to make sure I got that too! πŸ˜… They’ve been visiting the trees right by my deck, what a delight!

    • Thank you, Martha! Two evenings ago, the Golden-crowns were all over my trees again! It was exciting, I did get a couple shots, one that sported the red in the gold crown. πŸ™‚

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