Sunday, November 12, 2006

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

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For several days now, this tiny bird* has been camped just outside my office window, safe amid the tangle of vines and roses. It flits up and down the glass looking either to get in, silly bird, or to catch bugs. Whichever it's doing, it hardly ever holds still enough for me to get a photo. I felt lucky to get these. Poised to have another go at the window, it looks a bit angry, doesn't it? Compare it to the size of the rose leaves and you'll get an idea of just how small it is. These photos were taken through the glass which is another reason for their fuzziness, the first being that the bird (see note below) was in constant motion.

11/13/06, Author's note: This post, previously entitled "Wren", found me in error in identifying this bird. It's a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, probably a female. Click here to read more about one of the smallest birds in North America. In the meantime, I'll try to get a better photo.

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