In early spring, it seems that we have about two weeks of migrating Golden-crowned Kinglets.
Then comes another two weeks or so of mainly Ruby-crowned Kinglets.
Though the two species look alike, the songs could not be more different. The Golden-crown’s song is a frequently given, very high-pitched “see-see-see.”
The song of the Ruby-crown is very loud for such a small bird. My grandfather wrote it as “see-see-see-see; so-so-so-so, de-dibble, de-dibble, de-dibble.” we heard one this morning at Beechwood / Don Valley.
I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
Of growing, and sparks that puff in wild gyration,
Faces of people streaming across my gaze. – D. H. Lawrence (1885–1930)