Golden-crowned Kinglet

Late in the afternoon, I heard the high, thin ti-ti-ti calls of a Golden-crowned Kinglet through my open office windows. I went downstairs and out – and could still hear the calls. They were very hard to see among the yellow and brown leaves of a sweet gum and the green of an oak beside it, two tiny, round, quickly moving gray birds with bold black and white striped faces – I could not see a golden crown. Not a very good view, but enough, with the calls – so both kinglets have returned today, the first of the season. In the trees with them were also several Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, a Carolina Wren, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, and somewhere nearby an Eastern Bluebird sang.

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