Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Ruby Crowned Kinglets ~ Regulus calendula
This morning I watched six Ruby Crowned Kinglets foraging for insects in our Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) trees.
One of the smallest birds in our area, they look very warbler-like with their olive/yellow coloring.
They have a white eye ring much like some vireos but the give-away is their small size and needle-like beak.
These Kinglets are migrating south, nesting just north of us in northern Minnesota and Canada.
"Ruby-Crowned Kinglets prey on spiders, pseudoscorpions, and many types of insects, including aphids, wasps, ants, and bark beetles. Kinglets usually forage in high tree foliage, hovering and pecking in order to glean insects from the surface of leaves and branches." (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
Kinglets never stay still for long. They're constantly on the move in trees and shrubs, looking for insects above and below leaves.
Keep your eyes open for more bird species passing through. I saw several warblers last week, and this afternoon Fox Sparrows were foraging on the ground in our woodland leaves.