Ruby-crowned Kinglet
(Regulus calendula)
Photographed in Gonzales, Texas, by Jim Rosso.

 

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The Ruby crowned Kinglet is feeding from the holes drilled into the tree by the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I had stopped to photograph the Sapsucker but it flew away before I could. While I waited for the Sapsucker to come back, the Kinglet came to the holes made by the Sapsucker. The Kinglet eats the sap that is coming from the tree into the holes, or the insects that come to the sap. Either way the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker is an important influence in the area and is called a keystone species.
Ruby-cr. Kinglet Ruby cr. Kinglet Ruby cr. Kinglet
Ruby cr. Kingleet Ruby cr. Kinglet Ruby cr. Kinglet
Other members of the genus regulus:
Golden-crowned Kinglet