Unknown Bird in Virginia

by Chris Ezelle
(Flat Run, VA, USA)

It was as small or smaller than a wren. It was a dark brownish and gray color. Its beak was shorter than a wren's. On the top of its head it had a large yellow oval and inside that oval there was another one, but it was red. I saw this bird while hunting from a tree stand along the Rapidan River in Flat Run, Virginia.

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Nov 29, 2014
I Believe it to be the Kinglet
by: Chris Ezelle

From what everyone else has said and a little research that I did, I can only surmise that this little bird is the Gold Kinglet. What was so remarkable about this bird was that the two ovals on its head were almost perfect ovals and both the yellow and red were extremely vivid. The brightness of the colors is what originally caught my attention. Thank you for your assistance. - Chris

Nov 28, 2014
Unknown Bird in Virginia
by: John P

In looking into this a little further I noticed pictures in Google of the Gold Crowned Kinglet this one has a yellow crown or halo that also has another orange to more red orange halo in the center so the Gold Crowned Kinglet may acyually be your bird.

If you look up Gold Crowned Kinglet under google there are some great pictures for identification which match your description.

John P - Cottage Grove, MN

Nov 28, 2014
Unknown Bird in Virginia
by: Anonymous

Ruby Crowned Kinglet??

Nov 28, 2014
Unknown Bird in Virginia
by: John P

The bird you have described might be a Ruby Crowned Kinglet. Another cousin is the Gold Crowned Kinglet with more of a gold to orange color crown or halo vs the red one that is displayed by the Ruby Crowned Kinglet.

They also are very common in the wooded areas of Virginia according to the map of their range.

This is a beautiful bird. Wish we had more of them to see here in the Upper Midwest where they are not as common.

John P - Cottage Grove, MN

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