I was able to observe one from very close range ata feeder close to my front
windows last fall. There were definite strips of yellow with a dash of red
feathers centrally. This little guy was hanging out, sheltering from rain,
staying inside the door opening of our barn-shaped feeder. Really cute! He
made enough noise doing something in there that a squirrel who was thinking
of hopping in for a snack kept away.
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>From: The Copenhavers <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: [VTBIRD] Golden-crowned Kinglet
>Date: Sun, 9 Apr 2006 20:03:44 -0400
>This morning a got a very good view of a GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET at LaPlatte
>River Trail (across from Shelburne Bay Access area). At its closest, it
>about 10 feet from me, and I could clearly see golden yellow on the top of
>head and bright red toward the rear of his head. Sibley doesn't show the
>all. National Geographic shows an orange crown. Only Peterson shows the
>distinctly separate yellow and red areas. Maybe it looks like this only
>in the breeding season when the feathers are new? Interesting that there
>such differences between the field guides.
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