Singing Ruby-crown near Crothers Woods: Ap. 22, 2022

In early spring, it seems that we have about two weeks of migrating Golden-crowned Kinglets.

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Then comes another two weeks or so of mainly Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (male)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

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.

Other birds:

American Robin
American Goldfinch (male)
Song Sparrow
Turkey Vulture
Song Sparrow
Turkey Vulture
Song Sparrow
Brown-headed Cowbirds
American Goldfinch (male)

Some botany:

Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
White Elm (Ulmus americana)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
Beaked Hazel (Corylus cornuta)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
May-apple (Podophylum peltatum)
May-apple (Podophylum peltatum)
Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)
Early Meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)
Trout-lily (Erythronium americanum)
May-apple (Podophylum peltatum)

Today’s group:

NATURE POETRY

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)

Miles Hearn

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