Monday, December 16, 2013

Bird spotting

This morning my friend Kath and I took the dogs for a walk across the road at Haliburton Farm.  On our way back we saw a pair of tiny birds flitting around.  I'd actually seen them before but not being a birder I didn't know what they were.

Kath identified them as a pair of Ruby Crowned Kinglets.  Here's what they look like. The photo is not mine, it comes from a website on bird identification by the Cornel Lab of Ornithololgy.  This is the adult male and he's really very tiny.  He and his mate are in constant motion, darting down onto the road and then up into the bushes, flicking their wings as they go.   Isn't he just the cutest thing?

When we lived in the city we didn't pay much attention to birds but up here on the hill there's much more evidence of bird life, especially across the street at the organic farm.  Tomorrow I'll show you what they're growing there now.  Hint:  it's a very trendy vegetable and the word begins with K.


  1. awwwwwwww, I love his little head feathers ! He is so cute !
    Our Gila Woodpecker has a red dot on the top of his head. and all his feathers are black and white,
    We also have tiny green finches that dart back and forth. The bright red Cardinals are here too.
    It is very colorful around my home right now
    I know everywhere you look now Kale (is that the surprise ?) is everywhere !
    I make my own Kale Chips are they are so good.

    cheers, parsnip

  2. An Edwardian lady in full dress was a wonder to behold, and her preparations for viewing were awesome.silks saree


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