I took a walk over to Heritage State Park to enjoy today’s warm weather and found the place teeming with birds.
One of the first I ran across, right outside the Holyoke Children’s Museum, was this Ruby-crowned Kinglet. I’d never seen one before, and I scratched my head for quite a while trying to identify it.
Kinglets are tiny, but they don’t seem to be shy. This one kept flitting closer to me than my lens could focus — not a problem I’m used to running into when birding.
I’ve got the week off, so I’ll try to keep an eye on how long this one hangs around. He seemed to be finding plenty to eat among a small stand of pine trees. Here are a few more images:
One quick distraction was the silhouette of an accipiter out over Dwight Street. The bird was headed over to Open Square — where it menaced the local pigeon population — but eventually made a pass over the canal and the park. It turned out to be a Cooper’s Hawk:
Dark-eyed Juncos have taken up residence in the park. Before today, I’d never really noticed how much their coloration can vary.
There were also quite a few Robins, Blue Jays, and House Sparrows: