What is this little guy?

November 3rd, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized

I felt terrible. He crashed into my window and I’m sure it’s my fault for loving clean windows. He hung out here for a while before flying away, so I’m telling myself he’s fine. He was just stunned.

I tried to look up what kind of bird he is, and he looks kinda vireo (never heard of that) and kinda warbler, but I couldn’t find a bird with that yellow stripe on his head. Oh, I think I found him—maybe he’s a Golden-crowned kinglet!

Bird, New York City

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  1. 11 Responses to “What is this little guy?”

  2. By Gene on Nov 3, 2013

    Beautiful, whatever he is! I’ve only got a West Coast Peterson’s guide, so I can’t help with the ID 🙂

  3. By Stacy Horn on Nov 3, 2013

    Thank you for trying, and yeah, he’s so beautiful and sweet looking.

  4. By Karen (the one in North Carolina)kk on Nov 3, 2013

    I’m away from home and my bird guides, but you have a warbler migrating from Canada south. I’ll look it up when I get home and let you know.

    Great shot, btw.

  5. By Karen (the one in North Carolina) on Nov 3, 2013

    Looks like he’s been identified on your FB page. I was thinking more along the line of Pine Siskin, but she’s correct with the kinglet.

  6. By Stacy Horn on Nov 4, 2013

    It seems like not everyone agrees, though!

  7. By Barbara on Nov 4, 2013

    Hi Stacy-
    I think its a Golden Crowned Kinglet. I actually saw one 2 weeks ago in Burlington but I didnt get a view of the crown. I thought it might be a Ruby Crowned Kinglet. I sent my photo to Audubon Vermont and they said it was a Golden Crowned Kinglet. Where did you see it? BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  8. By Stacy Horn on Nov 4, 2013

    It was on my fire escape in downtown NYC!

  9. By Nancy on Oct 19, 2014

    Had one hit our patio window this morning in Rochester, NY. I held him for about 5 minutes then we put him in a little box and he recovered. After about 20 minutes he flew away. Cute little guy!

  10. By Stacy Horn on Oct 19, 2014

    Oh, I’m so glad he was okay! I would have felt terrible if your post had an unhappy ending. Thank you for taking care of him while he recovered!

  11. By Greg Iski on Oct 19, 2016

    A golden-crowned Kinglet is exactly what (he) is. I had one outside my window just now, and I had to really look at the head stripes. However, the yellow in the center of the head is so distinctive, one cannot miss it. They make a high-pitched “peeping” sound.

  12. By Stacy Horn on Oct 19, 2016

    Thank you, Greg. He was very cute. I wish more of them would come around and hang out.

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