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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Shilly-shallying Golden-crowned Kinglet: Adorable!

Golden Crowned KingletImage by brendan.lally....away via FlickrOh boy, the tree outside the Wild Birds Unlimited - East Lansing store is hopping with Golden-crowned Kinglets! A week ago the same tree was filled with dancing Ruby-crowned Kinglets and now the Golden-crowned! Both birds are close in size; just a half inch bigger than a Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

These teeny, tiny birds are hop, hop, hopping around and poking their needle thin bills around the branches to glean bugs. There are a couple chickadees in the flock that look enormous compared to the 3½-4 inch golden-crowns. In the winter it’s common to see the chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Brown Creepers together in flocks.

Golden-Crowned KingletImage by gnevets88 via FlickrThe Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) has a song that begins with three or four high-pitched “tsee-tsee-tsee” notes, followed by a rapid trill. I’m looking them up in my Birds of Michigan field guide and it says the mnemonic device to remember the song is “tsee-tsee-tsee-tsee, why do you shilly-shally?

Like the chickadee song; “chick-a-dee-dee-dee”, it’s hard to forget.
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Anonymous said...

I had some in my elm tree this weekend. (A first sighting for me.) VERY cute bird! Not terribly shy, either. I got pretty close.

E Lans

Crafty Green Poet said...

they're very similar to our goldcrests, which I've seen a lot of lately, adorable birds. Love the mnemonic for the song!