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Old Saturday 16th December 2017, 15:09   #1
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Kinglet in San Francisco ?

Took this photo yesterday - assume it's a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but not sure.
Do they not show the crown in Winter?
Thanks for your help.
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Looks like a Hutton's Vireo.
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Old Saturday 16th December 2017, 15:58   #3
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Looks like a Hutton's Vireo.
Agreed, Hutton's Vireo
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Old Saturday 16th December 2017, 17:01   #4
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Took this photo yesterday - assume it's a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but not sure.
Do they not show the crown in Winter?
Thanks for your help.
The bill says all....an excellent "instructive" shot sirijay!

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Old Saturday 16th December 2017, 17:06   #5
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Bill is far too thick for any sort of Kinglet. That coupled with the hook on the end is diagnostic for Hutton's Vireo.
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And the wing pattern
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Thank you all! A lifer for me -- and another lesson in birding.
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Old Saturday 16th December 2017, 19:30   #8
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Congratulations on your lifer! Another point about Hutton's Vireo: the legs and feet are all gray. Kinglets have black legs and yellow feet.
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Took this photo yesterday - assume it's a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, but not sure.
Do they not show the crown in Winter?
Thanks for your help.
As the other have said, a Hutton's Vireo. As for your other question, the ruby color on the crown of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet is usually concealed; it is normally only seen when a bird is interacting with another kinglet. This happens more often in summer than winter, but it does sometimes happen in winter. I saw one this afternoon that was vigorously showing its crown color, but I saw a lot more that were not.
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