Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ruby-crowned Kinglet that I am afraid in injured

When I spotted this little Ruby-crowned Kinglet this morning it was clear something was amiss--these little birds are always on the move and this one was pretty slow and then perched on a branch where it rested for over 5 minutes. If you enlarge top and middle pics you can see that some of it's ruby spot are visible which is also unusual as they usually raise those red feathers when in a battle.
It has it's nictitating membrane over it's eye as it rests in the bottom two pics. Resting in the day is just normal for birds and puts them at risk for predation. In the bottom pic some of the feathers are out of place, maybe it ran into something. SeEtta