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April 27, 2013 / Leslie

Weekend Birding: Golden-crowned Kinglet

The Golden-crowned Kinglet is a tiny, active bird about the size of a hummingbird. They are almost continuously in motion usually hopping from branch to branch or behind tree leaves. They range across most of North America and breed in the northern forests.

Golden-crowned Kinglet

A few weeks ago we came across a small flock of them foraging on the ground. They are very difficult to photograph as they never stay still. Finally, I was able to get a clear shot of one of these little guys.


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  1. laurelrainsnow / Apr 27 2013 6:07 am

    What a great shot! Coming to your blog is always such an adventure, and I am seeing birds I never noticed before!



    • Leslie / Apr 27 2013 8:50 am

      The kinglets are usually in the forest preserves and difficult to see, so I’m not surprised if most people have never seen one up close. They are pretty common once you know what to look for.


  2. Louise / Apr 27 2013 6:18 am

    I know how difficult active tiny birds are to photograph- I really prefer birds at least duck size… Great shot. And a pretty, distinctive bird. I’ve got birds today too.


    • Leslie / Apr 27 2013 8:48 am

      I’ve been trying to get a clear shot of one of these guys for years. I was thrilled to find them on the ground. This guy was hopping around but let me approach. If you look closely at his tail feathers, you can see a little blur. They are fast!


  3. Pat @ Posting For Now / Apr 27 2013 7:07 am

    A beautiful photo!


  4. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Apr 27 2013 7:55 am

    Isn’t he a cuties; lovely capture.


  5. Ginny / Apr 27 2013 8:16 am

    Brilliant photograph as usual. He does look rather cuddlesome.


  6. BermudaOnion / Apr 27 2013 8:21 am

    What a beauty! Is that a young bird?


    • Leslie / Apr 27 2013 8:47 am

      That’s an adult. They are just very, very tiny.


  7. Beth Hoffman / Apr 27 2013 8:43 am

    What a tiny bundle of cuteness!


  8. Mary / Apr 27 2013 8:46 am

    He sure is handsome!


  9. edgarone2 / Apr 27 2013 11:05 am

    I feel like I can touch it. Very pointed beak.


  10. Jen @ A Book and a Latte / Apr 27 2013 12:25 pm

    Wow, this is a fantastic shot. It’s very crisp/sharp, and I love the framing (or crop). Nice! Here’s my Saturday snapshot post.


    • Leslie / Apr 27 2013 12:30 pm

      Thanks. It’s cropped. No way that little bird would let me get so close to him.


  11. storygal / Apr 27 2013 12:38 pm

    What an amazing close-up shot. He’s perky looking as well as being active. Thanks for sharing.


  12. Jennifer Ryder / Apr 27 2013 12:54 pm

    We have Ruby-crowned Kinglets – I just saw one this morning. They are tiny, smaller than chickadees. Very cute, bright-eyed little creatures.


    • Leslie / Apr 27 2013 1:46 pm

      The Ruby-crowneds were staying up in the trees, hopping behind branches. I stalked one for a half hour one time before I got a clear shot. I don’t know if I’m patient or just stubborn.


  13. Arti / Apr 27 2013 2:08 pm

    I took the photo of one before, not as still as yours here, and therefore very blurry. I thought mine has a red stripe on the crown not yellow.


    • Leslie / Apr 27 2013 2:14 pm

      Ah, the red stripe. The males will flash a bright reddish-orange crown during courtship displays. I think they move even faster when displaying.


  14. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) / Apr 27 2013 2:34 pm

    I can’t believe how clear the photo is! You really got an awesome shot of that bird!


    • Leslie / Apr 28 2013 11:58 am

      I got lucky and found a flock of them on the ground. They are usually in trees flitting among the branches.


  15. Melissa @ Melissa's Bookshelf / Apr 27 2013 3:33 pm

    That bird is too cute — and the picture is amazingly clear! I always look forward to Weekend Birding 🙂

    Here is my SATURDAY SNAPSHOT post.


  16. Joy / Apr 27 2013 6:01 pm

    Oh wow. What a pudgy, yet delicate, precious wonder. 🙂


  17. Brona / Apr 28 2013 2:08 am

    Beautiful capture – I can’t get over how round he is though!


  18. Paulita / Apr 28 2013 7:02 am

    Terrific shot. He looks much chunkier than a hummingbird, but I’ll take your word for it since you are the only bird expert I know. Here’s Mine


    • Leslie / Apr 28 2013 11:57 am

      He is! I meant size as in length. This guy was a little fluffed up, they are normally not quite as chunky.


  19. drbethnolan / Apr 29 2013 11:06 am

    beautiful!! that could be in a birdbook!


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