I have come to count on seeing the tiny kinglet upon October’s arrival. For being such busy, flitty little birds, they are remarkably punctual. I write a monthly bird column in a local newspaper, and chose the Ruby-crowned Kinglet as my subject for October. The day after the issue with my column came out, the”Little King” itself appeared in my backyard.
I love the kinglet’s tiny size – such a giveaway as to its identity even at a distance, and even though it hides its ruby crown.
This year, I realized that I have another punctual October visitor: the Hermit Thrush. It passes through quite silent; indeed, it utters not a sound. Nor does it draw attention to its presence with busy movements and short, flitting flights. One must simply expect, and wait, and watch for this unobtrusive hermit’s arrival.
But, as with most things that need waiting for, the lovely Hermit Thrush is worth the waiting. Particularly that moment when it turns and flashes its reddish tail, confirming its identity.
My November sightings are usually more varied and of birds rather less punctual, so I’ll just have to wait and see who drops in – but I’ll be sure to let you know!
‘Til next month,