Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

1 May

A jolly little bird for MayDay. Tiny, very fast moving birds that flit through shrubbery, never stopping and so quite hard to get photographs of. Sometimes, like the ones photographed here, seen in compnay with Golden-crowned Kinglets but we will save those for another day.

The bird has olive-green plumage with two white wing bars and a white eye-ring. Males have a red crown patch, which is usually concealed. The sexes are identical (apart from the crown), and juveniles are similar in plumage to adults. It is one of the smallest songbirds in North America.

Constantly emitting a high pitched tweeting as they move – perhaps keeping the flock together. Preferred habita is coniferous woodlands and forests.