Sunday, February 16, 2014

Garden Guest: Ruby Crowned Kinglet

The north side of our front yard is a certified  National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat.  Really!  We have a certificate!  You can do the same by consistently providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young.  It is so much fun to see all of the critters that stop by for a visit.  I've begun a series of posts to show you our Garden Guests.
 
 
This winter has been harsh.  We've had snow after snow.  Birds are coming to our feeders that we haven't seen before.

 
I had noticed this tiny bird for the first time during the latest series of snowstorms and, in error, thought it was a small-ish goldfinch.  It prefers suet, though.  That should have been a clue.  Goldfinches tend to prefer sunflowers or thistle.

 
One morning while filling feeders, this diminutive visitor stayed nearby and I noticed the red feathers on top of the head.  I raced inside and grabbed the camera.  After snapping enough shots to cross reference, out came National Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Birds. 
 
 
I think this is a Ruby Crowned Kinglet!  If I'm wrong, by all means, please let me know!  I'd love to know more about this lovely new friend!  Any information would be appreciated!
 
How about a little bloggin' music?  Does anyone remember the movie, Ice Castles?  'One of my favorite theme songs!
 
 
 
If you are curious about other garden guests, please visit my Gardening Page! 
 
;-)  -Marci
 

5 comments:

  1. I got the official "Backyard Wildlife" book years ago and it was so interesting, a whole new way to think about gardening. You've inspired me to re-read it and apply for certification this summer!
    Katie @ Katie's Farm

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  2. Wow! You have shown me a bird I have never seen! I'm going to start looking for that little beauty!

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  3. Hello there!

    I melt away by seeing your wonderful pictures..i love birds...so much....till next time....have a noce day! xxxx

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  4. Thanks for writting my back....my favorite bird is the great tit....we called in duch:"Koolmees" i see lots of bags you making..one moment and i will write somthing.....lots of love from Bianca

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  5. What a beautiful little thing! You are so lucky.

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