Ruby-crowned Kinglet in Sea-Buckthorn: Dec. 13, 2022

Ruby-Crowned Kinglets prey on spiders, pseudoscorpions, and many types of insects, including aphids, wasps, ants, and bark beetles. (allaboutbirds.com)

As I learned today at Ashbridge’s Bay, they also have a taste for fruit in cold weather months. This park has an area full of bright orange Sea-buckthorn berries:

Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides)

In the middle of this sea of berries, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet (the crown was not visible so this may have been a female though males often do not show the ruby-crown) was flitting about and savouring berry after berry.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Other birds:

Hooded Merganser (male)
Dark-eyed Junco
Long-tailed Duck (female)
Northern Cardinal (female)
Gadwall (male)
Dark-eyed Junco
Common Goldeneye (male)
American Robin
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Black-capped Chickadee
Gadwall (male)
American Tree Sparrow

MAILBOX

King penguin (not an Emperor) with chick

NATURE POETRY

The dead leaves fall like noiseless rain,
The air is calm and warm and sweet;
Upon the woodland and the plain
The ghost of summer rests her feet.     – Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)

Miles Hearn

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