In the meantime, the cardinals and finches are enjoying the oriole fruit and jelly. And while I was watching a chickadee at the window seed feeder, I spotted a new bird in the pine tree. First I saw the silhouette. It was as small as a hummingbird, then I saw it was the color of a winter goldfinch, but it was bouncing around the pinecones faster than a chickadee...a Ruby-crowned Kinglet! Such a treat to see migrating through.
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Little groups of kinglets usually migrate by night, so you may wake up to discover your yard is a migratory stopover for the birds to rest and feed in evergreen tangles during the day. They are well camouflaged but sometimes betray their presence with lovely alto songs and flashing wing movements and hops like they are buzzing on caffeine.
The Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) nests mainly in the northern evergreen forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and further north into Canada. We will see them again in October when they pass through mid-Michigan again as they migrate to the southern United States and Mexico.
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