Tuesday, January 1, 2013

What Am I?

On Sunday's hike at the Pony Pasture, a tiny bird flitted down in a tree's branches just a few feet away and spent a minute or two hopping from branch to branch.  I wondered what he was, and then he turned just the right way and I instantly knew.  See if you can guess.

In color I'm an olive green
In forests is where I am seen

In constant motion, I am quick
My wings I rapidly do flick

Despite my name I am no king
I have a white bar on my wing

Insects, spiders, bugs and such
Are what I eat (enjoy them much)

I said before that I'm no king
And that is true but here's the thing:

Just like a king I have a crown
Here's one last clue, then go to town -

A feathered patch of ruby red
Adorns the top of tiny head

I know this one might be kind of tough but that is all I can come up with for clues today.
So take your best guess
for the

Did you the answer run to ground?
I am a kinglet - ruby crowned!

With my digital camera, I was able to get a few photos of this tiny bird.  They are only around three or four inches long in total.  It came pretty close to me a few times.  I digitally zoomed in on the photos back at home.  The kinglet was in constant motion and it was hard to get photos.  Every time I located it in the viewfinder and was ready to press the button, it moved somewhere else.  After 30-45 seconds he climbed higher and higher in the tree and then flitted away.  Here, you can see the eye-ring, one of the field marks for this species.
On this photo, you can see the ruby patch that give him his name, and also its wing bar.


  1. Wow what an awesome blog! Have a Happy New Year!

  2. No, I didn't guess it. In fact I've never seen one of these. What a cute little thing he is with just that tiny bit of red.

  3. Thank you, Opt-Ext, and a happy New Year to you as well.

  4. They are hard to spot, Karen, and I think that only the males have the red patch. They will puff up those feathers when annoyed but usually they are flat and hard to spot. It is a cute little bird. Art