Saturday, August 08, 2009

Kinglet Love

Today at summer camp (Karyn's name for my work at the Idaho Bird Observatory!) it was a cold damp morning. The birds were a little slow as a result for the big storm that passed through over the last few days. On the first net run, extracting birds from the nets, I collected a juvenile Ruby-crowned Kinglet. The Kinglet is the smallest non-hummingbird that we band at the IBO. Due to their small size, they are one of the most popuar of the birds we band. There is a very high cuteness factor.
While processing and measuring the bird, he began to shiver. I rushed through the remaining steps to get him back on his own. He was not excited to fly. When we get cold birds like this we stick them in our shirts to warm them up. This little guy spent about 5 minutes against my bare skin. This was sufficient to get him to stop shivering. I reached under my shirt to pull him out. As I lowered my hand he immediately flew back up into my shirt. Apparently he was a fan of the warm environment. I gave him a minute more, then pulled him out again. Once again he flew back under my shirt! Very cool! After a few minutes more he was apparently ready to move on. It was a great experience.

4 comments:

Kevin said...

What an awesome experience!

dAwN said...

Aww..How very wonderful to experience this!

Robert Mortensen said...

How cool! What a nice moment. I hope to come up and visit IBO this week.

GW said...

Gosh, what a neat thing to have happen. I found your blog in a roundabout way - through a tweet that landed me on another blog where you'd left a comment. I think it's neat that you're following your passion and have gone back to school. I read this story to my husband and we really enjoyed it. :)