Golden-crowned Kinglet - Regulus satrapa

This is sort of continuing in the same vein of the last post in terms of what is visiting my backyard this fall. I love Golden-crowned Kinglets, and they love my 2 Hackberry trees. This fall they seem to be particularly numerous. In fact, Cornell Lab's Birds of North America site says:

Formerly breeding almost exclusively in the remote, boreal spruce-fir (Picea-Abies) forests of North America, the diminutive Golden-crowned Kinglet has been expanding its breeding range southward at lower elevations into spruce plantings in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio and into white pine hemlock (Pinus strobus-Tsuga) forests in eastern Tennessee, northeastern Georgia, and the western Carolinas. 

So the southward expansion of their breeding range may possibly explain why I have been seeing them with greater frequency in this area, which is just north of Chicago. Within this breeding range, R. satrapa is very much tied to old growth conifer forests. There has been a lot of rehabilitation of this type of habitat, and most likely this has helped their numbers in the eastern part (my part!) of the range. In any regard, when the leaves of the hackberries turn bright yellow in fall, I know to look up to find these little birds busily flitting about the branches. 


  1. I Love this one! (of course i love all of them)

  2. This one is specially gorgeous!

  3. So lovely, the leaves are wonderful in themselves, these birds look like goldcrests or firecrests over here? I love the stylised way you paint, it's divine!! :) Oh and I've just pinned you to my pintrest board, hope that's OK? I was going to ask how to do this and saw the little symbols, Hooray, I'd like to pin all your birdies in my birdies folder, Thanks.

  4. Thanks, Julie! I will have to look in to what the firecrests are exactly. It's possibly they might be related. And yes, Pinterest away. As long as my images are credited with their original source, I'm good with it.

  5. Hello Diana,
    Any chance you'll be selling this illustration as a print? I'm looking to expand my "wall of kinglets". :)

    1. Hi Celia - Yes there is! Probably in the next week. I just invested in an archival inkjet printer, but still getting it set up. I should be ready to roll sometime next week, in which case this an a lot more of my images will be available. Thank you!


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