If lucky, I will get to see the flashy red crown the male displays when somewhat agitated. I have regularly heard and seen the Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Bidgoods Park in Goulds early in the season, mid to late May. Last year, I wondered if it were the same bird that hid and teased me for days on end the year before.
Another good location for seeing this species is on Power's Road, first turn to the right. It is the same area where the American Redstart were breeding last summer.
The Ruby-crowned incubate only one brood during the year. It was in July of last year that I saw this immature one on Bear Cove Point Road. As I recall, birds were scarce that day, and any bird spotted was a treat.
Of these two species, the Golden-crowned Kinglet is the smallest by more than a half inch. The high-pitched calls of the G-C Kinglet often evade me, and I have to watch the woods closely for the flighty movement of this tiny bird through the branches and leaves. (Ah, can't wait for the leaves to appear.)
While the Ruby-crowned Kinglet is not really people-friendly, it does seem to sit a little longer than the Golden, allowing for better views.
As I look at these shots, I find myself getting more and more excited about all the birds returning to us in just a few weeks.
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