Yesterday, I was at the north end of Kellogg Bay Rd., where it intersects with
Summer Point Lane. I was looking up in the conifers hoping to find a Red-
breasted Nuthatch when something else caught my attention down at the
ground level. I wasn't certain that I had seen anything at first and then I got
a very quick look at a golfball sized bird flitting around the underbrush. The
first species that popped into my head was a very late Winter Wren. Imagine
my surprise when I saw this little bugger in my bins and found that it was a
Ruby-crowned Kinglet !! (That's correct I did not type- Golden-crowned
Kinglet). This is my 6th winter birding in VT and until yesterday I had never
seen a Ruby-crowned Kinglet in Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb. or March.
This tiny bird has already survived 2 nor'easters, many cold days and nights
including the night before last with temperatures between -10 to -20 below(F
degrees). It was busily feeding while flashing its' ruby colored crest the entire
time. I really wanted to get a photo of it but I was unable to do so. It seemed
perfectly fine but as I drove off I had a few thoughts. . .
This bird deserves an all expense paid, First Class, one way ticket to the
south! It should be served all of the fresh water that it can drink and bathe in.
An employee of the airline should write a frenetic small bird menu so he can
have his choice of desirable cuisine during the flight. I mean, with words like-
Ruby, Crown and King in his name, shouldn't he be treated like Royalty?
Enjoy Birds and I hope this little guy enjoys the rest of his journey south,