I have just been "wowed" again. This is another life bird for me. I don't usually use the 'life' term because I don't really keep a list. I just know what I've seen and what I haven't. And when I don't know what I'm looking at, I haven't.
Just last month I saw my first ruby-crowned kinglet. And this golden-crowned was another big surprise. It happened during one of those times you have a million things to do indoors and despite it all, you have to take a break and get outside. When I do this, I'm never disappointed. And this cutie was on the move! I could hear her "see-see" call but it took some concentrated effort to locate her. Even when I knew where she was, much of the time she was obscured by pine needles.
Her quickness made for many non-descript tail shots as she flipped about and the end result was these unclear images. But they were enough for me to identify a new bird for me. Below, a chance crown shot.
I love that bright yellow crown!
I assume this is a female unless their plumage changes in the winter. Anyone with more knowledge of this species, feel free to chime in.
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For the Love of It...
...the sage sees heaven reflected in Nature as in a mirror, and he pursues this Art, not for the sake of gold or silver, but for the love of the knowledge which it reveals.