These small birds are bundles of feathered energy, almost constantly in motion as they seek insects, which form the bulk of their diet.
When they scour the vegetation for food, they may be flicking their wings continuously.
These breaks often last less than minute, however, and often are even briefer so you have to be ready and waiting to capture a photo.
I’ve been lucky this fall to find a few spots where I know some kinglets are hanging out, so I get to see them quite regularly.
My yard-visiting kinglet has returned for the winter season as well; I usually see him mostly at the suet feeder, where he will hover like a hummer as he takes quick bites of peanut-flavored vegetable lard laced with grits, oatmeal and nuts. He is a bit more gray in color than many other kinglets.
I’m wondering if this year’s bird is the same one who has been here the last 5 years. Unlike my previous visitor, I’ve seen him take a seed from a feeder as well. This has not happened before, even though it is known that they eat berries and seeds in winter.
This year’s bird also seems a bit shyer than my kinglet(s) from previous years. When I lift up my camera, he tends to take off. My resident the last years was not shy at all, a couple times actually perching on the suet feeder as I carried it to the pole. Still, my yard visitor’s anxiety has been nowhere nearly as obvious as that of another kinglet whose story I will relate in the next blog!