Above is my first picture of a ruby crowned kinglet, from last year - not the best photo, but can you see why I fell in love with that angry little face?! It bumped this little guy up to the top of my bird wish list pretty fast. :)
Over the weekend I was happy to find a ruby crowned kinglet who stuck around long enough for me to get some close-ups.
Ruby crowned kinglets are similar to the golden crowned kinglet, but they have a red crown instead of yellow and black. They also have a partial white eye ring. Both birds are tiny, not much bigger than a hummingbird.
Kinglets don't seem like they mind people very much. I followed this one for about 10 minutes, and at one point he hopped right up near my feet, so close that I couldn't even take a photo.
And then my fun ended abruptly when *someone* decided to show up and start some trouble...
The ruby crowned kinglet was not happy to have a visitor, so he flashed his crown and then both birds took off chasing each other. It was fun while it lasted. :)