Golden-crowned Kinglet by the Bluffs: late March 2021

Golden-crowned Kinglets rarely perch. They flit and swoop as they search for their insect prey which includes springtails, grasshoppers, crickets, lice, bugs, lacewings, beetles, caddis flies, moths, butterflies, flies, bees, wasps, spiders, mites, and some mollusks. Trying to photograph them is a challenge especially as they are about as big as my thumb.

I got a few photos of this individual as I prowled about the upper Bluffs looking for signs of spring.

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet

Here are photos from other days:

Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet

The Ruby-crowned Kinglets arrive a bit later than the Golden-crowned and I should be seeing one soon.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet from last year

Other flyers:

Canada Goose
Black-capped Chickadee
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
Mourning Cloak Butterfly
Red-winged Blackbird (male)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)

Bluff area views:

Osprey nesting perch

Some botany:

Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Willow Pine Cone Gall
Willow (Salix)
Willow (Salix)
Missouri Willow (Salix eriocephala)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
European Birch (Betula pendula)
Trembling Aspen (Populus tremuloides)
Cat-tail (Typha)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)



Have you seen this video of a drone providing food to a motherless vulture in Israel?


The season comes when, from her three-months’ trance,
The Earth awakens: already her deep heart
Begins to stir, and send its life abroad.         – Thomas Buchanan Read (1822–72)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Golden-crowned Kinglet by the Bluffs: late March 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Early spring indeed! And you did a wonderful job of capturing that Golden-crowned Kinglet. Wonderful pictures of birds and bursting botanical fluff of various kinds. And the Bluffs! The Lake! Spectacular. Thanks, Miles!


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