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Ruby-crowned Kinglet (male) (20)
tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Today I made the two hour trip up to Magee Marsh just to see if any migrating birds had arrived. It rained almost the whole way up and was pretty windy and cold as well.

I saw a few Bald Eagles flying overhead while traveling the interstate, but the nasty weather seemed to halt any hopes for the smaller migrants.

I was thrilled to get a shot of this male Ruby-crowned Kinglet with it's crest feathers fully flared out. Most of the time you have to look very close just to see any sign of it's almost hidden crest. The only times it is easily visible is when the male gets aroused. This particular bird had just encountered another male and was momentarily flashing his colors.

Kinglets seem to prefer coniferous forest during the summer while switching to thickets and deciduous forest in the winter months. Virtually absent in Ohio in the winter months, they can often be seen during the spring migration.

I will post in a WS an image showing what it looks like with it's crest in the normal position.

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tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
Without raised crest
Edited by:tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)

This is the position in which the crest is usually viewed.