Kinglet family (Regulidae)
Very small bird, 3 ½” long. Black cap with yellow crown. Orange crown patch on male is rarely seen. White eyebrow, greenish-gray back, gray below, two white wing bars.
Does not nest in this region.
Call is a very high-pitched series of notes, all on one pitch “tsee tsee tsee”. Notes are similar to the Brown Creeper, but the Golden-crowned Kinglet’s call has 3 notes whereas the Brown Creeper’s call has only one note.
Regulus, Latin for “little king”;
satrapa, Greek for “a ruler who wears a golden crown”
In the Nature Park:
Winter resident. Migrates north to New England and southern Canada during the nesting season. Departs in April, arrives in October. Kinglets are often found in mixed-species foraging flocks with Brown Creepers, chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice.