Temperatures have dropped well below freezing, so my photographic excursions into the back yard have been brief and often unproductive. Highlights over the past two weeks have been visits by a troupe of diminutive kings and queens. The procession included two species.
Golden-crowned Kinglets move down from their breeding grounds in northern New England and Canada. Some stay here all winter, but most continue south into the lower 48 States. A small flock of these tiny birds suddenly appeared along the back fence. They were very active, and I obtained a short burst of images of only one. The males usually have a bit of red or orange in the middle of their yellow head patch, so this is probably an adult female:
There was a single Ruby-crowned Kinglet among them. The male's red crest is usually hidden. In spring it is much more in evidence:
My remaining photos were taken of birds in and around the feeders, from inside the windows of our front door. The golden-brown autumn leaves provided a nice background for this Tufted Titmouse as it hacked at a sunflower seed:
A Blue Jay briefly commandeered the suet feeder:
White-breasted Nuthatches visited frequently:
Other feeder visitors included a male Red-bellied Woodpecker...
...and a male Northern Cardinal:
Dark-eyed Juncos fed on scattered seed, under the feeders:
A lone Turkey Vulture flew over. I stepped outside for this shot:
Again, in search of a contribution to the reflection meme, I recalled the white heads of these two Bald Eagles, seen during a wildlife cruise out of Ketchikan, Alaska in June, 2014:
This week's header: Golden-crowned Kinglet
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