Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

I saw my first ruby-crowned kinglet on October 1, 2021 in the small grove of trees on the Garr Ranch on Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. I just recently saw them at both Big Morongo Canyon and Whitewater Canyon Preserve, in Southern California, on the same day. It has olive green plumage, two white wing bars and a white eye-ring. Males have a red crown patch which is rarely seen (and which I have not seen). It is mostly migratory and breeds up north in Canada and Alaska and spends winters in the southern U.S. and down into Mexico and Central America, although there are some non-migratory populations in the mountain regions of the U.S. 

It is a bird that is usually moving and doing so erratically, so getting a good photo is difficult. 
In Whitewater Canyon. 

In Big Morongo Canyon. 

On Antelope Island.

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