Tag Archives: Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Monthly Journal – November, 2016

It’s been a warm, dry fall so far.  With the drought, birds and critters have appreciated the water in birdbaths and the pond.   But the drought was broken as reported in our previous post, and we have started hearing toads again at night.

A flock of several hundred grackles passed through a few days ago and we have started seeing Ruby-crowned Kinglets.  Surely colder weather is not far off.

Monthly Journal – January, 2016

Again our monthly journal is mostly about birds. In addition to these colorful visitors, we saw many Blue Jays, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Red-tailed Hawks in January.  The weather continues to be unseasonably warm, and we are seeing territorial disputes already beginning;  particularly Eastern Bluebirds, Brown-headed Nuthatches and American Robins.  And we are on the lookout for early hummingbird arrivals.

Winter Fruit and Suet

A week ago the Crabapple tree between our house and the house next door was loaded with Cedar Waxwings feeding on crabapples which still remain on the tree.

This morning, after a light snow fell, birds were scrambling for food.  The Crabapple tree was invaded once more and this time the Waxwings were joined by Robins, Jays and Towhees.

In addition, our suet feeders were a very popular spot.   Appearing in this clip are a Pine Warbler, Carolina Wren, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and  two Yellow-rumped Warblers.

Monthly Journal – December, 2015

Our wildlife photos for December are mostly of birds.   Of the 22 species shown below, some are migrants, some are winter residents and some are here year-round.  With all the unseasonably warm weather there have been lots of ladybugs.  We were unable to get a photo of our pal the opossum, but take it from us, he’s a handsome guy.

Happy New Year!

Tiny Winter Visitors

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet – Regulus calendula      Peachtree Park, Atlanta, GA – December, 2015

Each year starting in mid to late November, we notice small birds flitting about in the branches of trees.  These are Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets.  Small means really small. Ruby-crowned Kinglets are 3.5 to 4.3 inches long and weigh .2 to .4 ounces and the Golden-crowned Kinglets are similar in size.  By comparison, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird is similar in size, 2.8 to 3.5 inches long, but weighs only about half as much.

The Kinglets we are seeing may be here for the winter, or they may be migrants on their way further south.  Since  we see them in January and February, we think ours may be residents.

The adult male Ruby-crowned only shows his red patch when he’s excited.  The Ruby-crowned has a solid face with a white eye ring.

The adult Golden-crowned’s bright yellow marking is always visible and he looks like he is wearing a mask.

Both birds are high energy and move constantly.  Their flight has been described as ‘swift, jerky and erratic’.  They don’t seem to be much intimidated by your presence and will go about their routine of collecting insects, spiders and beetles when you are close by.

Spring is Magic

Surviving Cold Weather

We’ve had unusually cold weather this week with temperatures in the teens at night and below freezing for several days.  Food, water and shelter become very important.

Ice on Pond

The pond is almost iced over. The waterfall keeps an opening clear for oxygen.

Heated Bird Bath

This heater keeps the water in the birdbath from freezing.

Brown Headed Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatches taking a drink.

Bird Feeders

Northern Cardinals at the back yard feeders.

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

A Ruby-crowned Kinglet on the front yard suet feeder.