Golden-crowned Kinglets at Col. Sam Smith: January 8, 2022

It is amazing to think that a few Golden-crowned Kinglets spend the winter with us. Some even winter in Alaska. This tiny bird, about 4 inches in length and weighing about 0.20 oz, is able to find enough seeds to survive. Their feathers make up 8% of their body weight, equivalent to the weight of the clothing of an arctic explorer.

We found two this morning at Col Sam Smith Park. The 8 am temperature was -12 degrees.

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

Other birds:

Canada Geese
European Starlings
Greater Scaup
Bufflehead (female)
European Starlings
Greater Scaup (male)
Ring-billed Gulls
Canada Geese and Mallard
Greater Scaup
European Starling
Ring-billed Gulls
Mallard (male)
European Starling
Northern Cardinal (female)
Gadwall
Canada Geese
Greater Scaup
Mute Swans
Gadwall
Greater Scaup (male)
American Black Ducks
Greater Scaup (female)
American Black Duck
Greater Scaup (male)
Mallard (male)
Greater Scaup (female)
Mallards
Common Goldeneye (female)
Greater Scaup (male)
Northern Cardinal (female)

This morning’s group:

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NATURE POETRY

January brings the snow,

Makes our feet and fingers glow.             – Sara Coleridge (1802–52)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Golden-crowned Kinglets at Col. Sam Smith: January 8, 2022

  1. rosemarie fischer

    so wonderful that you saw those gorgeous golden-crowned Kinglets…adorable little birds..thanks Miles

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