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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Second smallest bird in Michigan

It’s so dark in the mornings! When the sun finally started to shine I discovered that this little Ruby-crowned Kinglet had found a place to catch her breath in my window feeder. I snapped a photo quickly and she took off to the nearby tree a short time after.

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. Then in October they pass through mid-Michigan as they migrate to the southern United States and Mexico.

Ruby-crowned Kinglets have olive-grey plumage with a conspicuous broken white eye ring, a thin black bill and short tail. The males have a small ruby, red crown of feathers which gives the bird its common name kinglet, Latin for 'little king'. At 4 inches they are about an inch shorter than a chickadee and weigh 5 to 10 grams or the same as one or two nickels.

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