Tuesday, October 20. 2020
Golden Crowned Kinglet
While I was on my driveway this past Saturday, this bird collided with the small window on my garage door.
After observing the bird for a few minutes, I decided to pick it up and let it recover while perched on my finger. It slowly came around and after 10 minutes it appeared to completely recover and flew off into the trees.
Having not seen this bird before, I did some research and discovered it was a Golden Crowned Kinglet. For reference these birds are smaller than a chickadee but larger than a hummingbird.
They are tiny songbirds with a round body, short wings, and skinny tail. They have relatively large heads, and their bills are short and thin, which are perfect for gleaning small insects.
These tiny songbirds usually stay concealed high in dense trees, revealing their presence with thin, very high-pitched calls. They pluck small insects from clusters of conifer needles, often hovering briefly to reach them. In migration and winter, kinglets frequently join other insectivorous songbirds such as warblers in mixed flocks.
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