My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Golden-crowned Kinglet, Regulus satrapa

Note: this post, while published, is a work in progress, as are all posts in this series, My Photo Life List. My goal is to photograph every species of bird that is seen on a regular basis here in Michigan, working from a list compiled by the Michigan chapter of the Audubon Society. This will be a lifelong project, that I began in January of 2013, and as I shoot better photos of this, or any other species, I will update the post for that species with better photos when I can. While this series is not intended to be a field guide per se, my minimum standard for the photos in this series is that one has to be able to make a positive identification of the species in my photos. The information posted here is from either my observations or the Wikipedia, the online free encyclopedia, however, I have personally shot all the photos appearing in this series.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, Regulus satrapa

The Golden-crowned Kinglet is a very small songbird.

Adults are olive-gray on the upper parts with white underparts, with thin bills and short tails. They have white wing bars, a black stripe through the eyes and a yellow crown surrounded by black. The adult male has an orange patch in the middle of the yellow crown.

Their breeding habitat is coniferous forests across Canada, the northeastern and western United States, Mexico and Central America. They nest in a well-concealed hanging cup suspended from a conifer branch.

These birds migrate to the United States. Some birds are permanent residents in coastal regions and in the southern parts of their range. Northern birds remain further north in winter than the Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

They forage actively in trees or shrubs, mainly eating insects, insect eggs and spiders.

On to my photos:

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

This is number 78 in my photo life list, only 272 to go!

That’s it for this one, thanks for stopping by!

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10 responses

  1. I’ll keep my eyes on this one here in Vancouver, Canada.

    April 8, 2013 at 12:48 am

    • They’re small and quick, so be ready.

      April 8, 2013 at 1:02 am

  2. An aptly named bird. I like the bottom picture in particular.

    April 8, 2013 at 5:15 am

    • Thanks Tom.

      April 8, 2013 at 8:25 am

  3. You can certainly see his golden crown!

    April 8, 2013 at 6:16 am

    • If it wasn’t for that, I doubt if I would have gotten any photos, I used the golden crown as my target while trying to pick the little buggers out of the brush.

      April 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

  4. OK, so why do all those people go to places like, say, Costa Rica, when it turns out Michigan is the birding capital of the world! (Had no idea!!!) 🙂

    April 9, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    • Thanks, I think that it’s because the birds here are rather drab and dull when compared to tropical birds.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:18 pm

  5. These guys are awesome, but in constant motion. Your photos are fantastic getting him to pose a little.

    April 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    • Constant motion is right! They didn’t pose, I just shot enough photos of them that I got a few of them hesitating for a split second before moving again.

      April 13, 2013 at 2:15 am