It has been a long time since I have written about the Ruby-crowned Kinglets. I tried to see some yesterday morning but they were not to be found. So I am going to write about them anyway. These photos were taken about a year ago, and I took them from my archives. They are tiny birds. They flit around in thick underbrush. They think they can hide from my long lens. To actually get the images showing the ruby colored spot on the head of the male was a bonus. It is usually concealed.
In actuality, I was only about 25 feet away from him, sitting in my car/blind. At the Cottonwood Campground in Big Bend National Park there is an area along the boundary of the area where there is fence that is partly obscured by thick vines and brush. I brought my car close and drove very, very slowly at a silent idling speed along the area. I was constantly looking into the brush with my binoculars.
We finally noticed a lot activity in the dense foliage. We stopped and silently watched the kinglets and some other sparrow types hassling each other. I had my Canon EOS 7D with a 100-400mm zoom lens at the ready. I spotted one kinglet throught the viewfinder and tracked him through branches, trying to catch him at a brief stop. That is the only way one is going to get a photograph. To make it easier, I set the focus so I was using only one center focus point. Otherwise, the lens goes wild trying to get the bird in focus between the vines and twigs.
Enjoy the photos and click on any of them to see enlargements.
On the subject of birding, Ann and I are on a quest to see at least 210 birds this year. Our previous annual record is 194 and we feel that if we stay alert we can get to our new goal. We are off to a good start. Here is our list for the first four days of the new year. I will update you as we go. 41 is our current total.
- Mute Swan
- American Wigeon
- Northern Shoveler
- Ring-necked Duck
- Lesser Scaup
- Hooded Merganser
- Pied-billed Grebe
- Eared Grebe
- Double-crested Cormorant
- Great Blue Heron
- Great Egret
- Black Vulture
- Red-tailed Hawk
- American Coot
- Ring-billed Gull
- White-winged Dove
- Great-horned Owl
- Golden-fronted Woodpecker
- Ladder-backed Woodpecker
- Eastern Phoebe
- Vermilion Flycatcher
- Black-crested Titmouse
- Eastern Bluebird
- Western Bluebird
- Northern Mockingbird
- Curve-billed Thrasher
- European Starling
- Yellow-rumped Warbler
- White-crowned Sparrow
- Northern Cardinal
- Western Meadowlark
- Common Grackle
- Great-tailed Grackle
- House Finch
- House Sparrow
One of the cutest birds ever. Love his red hairdo.
Yes, a person rarely gets to see that red. I felt extremely fortunate to that those photos.
Beautiful shots. Never easy to get the ruby crown. I see the birds often in migration but rarely displaying.
What adorable little birds! Those are superbly sharp pics, especially in such a tangle of twigs. Good luck with your goal for 2014 – you are already doing well. We could probably count the number of species seen here on one hand, so far! To be fair, the weather so far has been very bad for birdwatching!
Thanks, Jo. Hope your weather improves. There are a lot of birds out there. 🙂
Thanks, Rob. 🙂
Thank you very much, Pat.
Stunning captures of his little ruby crown, Bob! Very nice.
Thanks Donna, I got lucky. 🙂
What adorable little birds 🙂 I like your list, too. I need a list 🙂
Thanks, terraburrah. Lists are fun. 🙂
They are priceless little birds..you were so fortunate to capture the red crown..thanks for sharing..
Thanks so much, Syl. I appreciate your nice comment.
Love their little red crown! Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing Bob! Sheila
Thank you very much, Sheila.
Love your Kinglet photos, Bob! So awesome that you got the ruby coloring. BTW, you are WAYYYY ahead of me!! 😉
Thank you very much, Judy. I don’t mean to get ahead of you. We aren’t in a race, really. Just trying to get to a goal. You will catch me before long. All of the birds I am seeing now are all of the old regulars, but it will get more difficult as the year goes by. But ain’t it fun??? 🙂
You are right – no race to it. I’m very curious to see, as we go along, the differences in our lists due to the difference in our locations. Fun, for sure!!
I saw Number 42, (Northern Pintailed) this morning after breakfast. LOL 🙂
Yes I will be interested in seeing the differences in species. You will see a lot of birds that I will never see here, and vice versa. It will be interesting to see what our combined total will look like. 🙂 I am shooting for 210.
Hmmm… I hadn’t thought about a number goal. Will have to mull that one over for a bit!!
My best high for a year so far has been 194, so I am really raising the bar. Maybe I can at least get 200.
Bob, Although hummingbirds and painted buntings are hard to beat, I do believe these Ruby-crowned Kinglets give them a run for their money. TOOOOO cute! Thanks for capturing them to share with us. Cheers, Denise
I agree, Denise. There’s something about these little cuties. Thanks so much for your kind words.
I am thrilled that you captured them from above so you could show the red-excellent!
Me, too, Jane. 🙂