Of Little Kings and Pretty Hermits

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.

See who’s flying through at the bottom of this photo?

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,

Happy Birding!

Rachel

 

About Rachel Lancashire, ON

Rachel Lancashire lives and birds in Ennismore, ON. Groundcovers nursery worker by day, she is a freelance writer and artist in her spare time. She has had articles about birds and wildlife published in Nature Friend, GreenPrints and The Banner. Her art, inspired by birds, can be found on her blog, MyWildMuses, and in her Etsy shop, Miss Sitta’s Nest.

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6 Responses to Of Little Kings and Pretty Hermits

  1. What a Great Business. I Love Birds !

    Really is Appreciated

    Amir. F

  2. The Juncoes returned here a couple weeks ago – I always think of them as our autumn robins 🙂 I love your description of them!

  3. Gilda Blackmore says:

    Nice summary, Rachel; quietly poetic!
    “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.

  4. Sylvia Ludwik says:

    At this time of year I watch for the arrival of the junco. It looks like a little charcoal-coloured bird that went belly first into a bowl of flour.

  5. Marcy C says:

    Thanks, Rachel! Keep it up! I forwarded this to friends.

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