Golden-crowned Kinglets

Today has been a cloudy day with cooler temperatures and drizzling rain all afternoon. Our home feels submerged in the orange-brown leaves of the white oak trees that surround us. Around noon, as we sat on the screened porch for lunch, with a very light patter of rain all around, the high, thin calls of Golden-crowned Kinglets sparkled in the oaks above us. They were too high up for me to see, but they stayed around for half an hour or more as the kinglets moved here and there among the leaves, sounding silvery and twinkling, like glitter scattered over a small part of the misty, mellow, contemplative day.

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