This male Ruby-Crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) apparently was not happy that I was near his favorite shrubberies. These are some of the smallest birds, slightly more than 4 inches from beak to tail, but are quite common in many areas and are very vocal, so they may often be detected by their song. They rarely pose for more than a second, but will often come within fairly close distances of humans in their territory. The red crown of the male is usually fully covered with head feathers, and is only revealed when the bird is agitated or singing.
January 6th, 2013
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