We here at 10,000 Birds have long been enamored with what could conceivably be the cutest pair of birds in all of North America – the kinglets. Whether you prefer the brilliant canary on the heads of Golden-crowned Kinglets or the tiny red stripe that Ruby-crowned Kinglets tend to hide beneath their heads of gray you have to acknowledge the attraction that these little birds hold. It is their tiny size, their high-pitched calls, their fearless and spunky demeanor. Few birds are as likely to bring a smile to an observer than a kinglet and their abundance means that the sheer number of smiles that they have caused must be enormous. Other birds have more colors, more size, more cache. But kinglets remain, well, king, at least to this birder.
I thought that this post would be a good way to share my four favorite kinglet shots from this fall while also sharing kinglet highlights from the 10,000 Birds archives. After all, we have a ton of posts on 10,000 Birds and it seems like it is better to share them instead of letting them waste away unloved and unwanted in cyberspace. If you have any good kinglet posts or photos please feel free to share links in the comments because we can never get enough kinglets! Heck, we’ll even take posts and pictures about kinglets from other continents where they go by names like Goldcrest and Firecrest…
- This is a series of images of Golden-crowned Kinglets and Seaside Goldenrod.
- Here is a foraging female Golden-crowned Kinglet outside of Julie Zickefoose’s window.
- How about a post that includes both species of kinglet and some ants?
Please pause for a moment of kinglet adoration:
Alright, three more kinglet posts and then we are done…
- A Golden-crowned Kinglet that wanted to be photographed in Central Park is the star of this post.
- Mean ol’ Mike once wrote a poem about abusing kinglets.
- And we’ll finish up with some Ruby-crowned Kinglets up close and personal.
Son’t forget to share your kinglet links in the comments!
Those shots are insane, Corey. Sadly no kinglet link or post from this birder, yours truly. Because no matter what your pics might make one believe, they are tricky to photograph! Congratulations. By the way, I still haven’t figured out how to separate a Golden-crowned Kinglet from a Firecrest. You know, vagrancy potential and such…
Here’s a couple of mine…
I love that the kinglets, especially the ruby has become a somewhat regular visitor in my yard. Here’s a link to one image; I’ll try to find others.
just an fyi, there has been a corruption of their names that has become quite popular locally (Queens, NYC): Rublets & Goblets. It is not my original, but c’mon, tell me they aren’t cute names for cute birds!
Rublets and Goblets! Gotta try those names out in the field.
LOL Mike…just to give credit: Arie Gilbert: Rublets; Colleen Veltri: Goblets
Here’s a Golden-crowned Kinglet series: http://wildbirdsunlimited.typepad.com/the_zen_birdfeeder/2010/10/the-other-kinglet.html
Great idea, Corey!
Don’t forget to admire their cute yellow feet!
These are cute little birds, they are probably similar to our White-eyes? Busy little guys who flit through the trees and shrubs gleaning insects from the underside of leaves and branches without the slightest respect for a photographer trying to get a clean image of them!! Does that sound right?
I imagine we all get those widely circulated oh-so-cutsey collections of wonderous bird pictures with overdone, hyper-edited, super-intensivied color. it was on one of those that I first saw a picture of Taiwan’s Flamecrest. it was all f those adjectives above, but a check of Google images shows that it’s still a pretty impressive bird.