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Golden-crowned Kinglet | by Dave W.
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Golden-crowned Kinglet

I spotted a pair of Golden-crowned Kinglets flitting about in a tree with yellowish fruit while I was visiting the state arboretum. It was my first visit, and I was surprised at how extensive it was, and the variety of habitats.

 

My friend William Leigh and I were particularly interested in winter finches that had been seen there recently feeding in evergreens. We saw a White-winged Crossbill and some Pine Siskins, but missed the Common Redpoll that was reported earlier in the week.

 

We also were treated to a Loggerhead Shrike in the meadows and a pair of Rusty Blackbirds at the wetlands along with a Swamp Sparrow.

 

November 21, 2012. Blandy Experimental Farm, Clarke County, Virginia.

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Taken on November 21, 2012