Friday, January 5, 2018

A Kinglet Visits

The extreme cold discourages me from walking over to the lake -- it's frozen over completely any way -- so I watch my bird feeders for anything different. Certainly, the regular customers are coming in larger numbers, especially while snow covers the ground and reduces access to foraging -- cardinals, white-throated sparrows, juncos, mourning doves, red-bellied and downy woodpeckers, etc. This morning, however, for the second time in a week, a ruby-crowned kinglet showed up. It's coming to the suet (a favorite of the downy woodpeckers also). This tiny bird is common enough in the local woods at this time of year, but I've never seen one at my feeders before this week.

Photos were taken this morning. That ruby "crown" is not always visible. Kinglets are difficult to photograph because of their activity -- but not so difficult when one is chowing down on suet!

(About the freezing heron in my last post: Apparently, it stood in the same spot on the shore of the lake for about four consecutive days last week, unable to fish on the frozen lake and trying to save energy in the cold. The bird has moved on, hopefully to better fishing.)