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A Ruby-crowned Kinglet, festive for the season, takes flight in central New Mexico earlier this month. / © Bryan Pfeiffer

A Ruby-crowned Kinglet in central New Mexico.

Even on the shortest days of the year, the male kinglets now flash as they do during the breeding season. It’s as if flames were erupting from their head. My guess is that it’s about winter feeding turf.

  1. ann creaven says:

    great shot….coming right at you. I can feel the warmth of the sun…

  2. Judy Brook says:

    Wow! How much bird seed/bugs did you need to pay him to pose like that? What a grand picture.

  3. Rollin S. Tebbetts says:


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