Yesterday I took a long walk across several parks in Queens looking for birds.  And while many species crossed my path, none were as endearing nor as energetic as the numerous Ruby-crowned Kinglets (Regulus calendula) that seemed to be everywhere.  Not only were they everywhere but they were fearless as well!  Several times one would perch or forage within inches and a couple of times one hovered in front of my face as if it were going to hoverglean from my nose!  After getting home and uploading the more than one hundred pictures that I took I was rather surprised to find out that I did not get a single shot that gave any hint of their namesake ruby crown.  Nonetheless, I was pleased with the results I got photographing the four-and-a-quarter inch birds, and I hope you are too…

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.