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
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.