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Augie: It's a ruby-crowned kinglet.
Peter: No, I think a kinglet is some kind of water bird.
Augie (emphatically): No, a ruby-crowned kinglet is a coniferous forest bird.
Peter (skeptically): Get your bird book; let's see what it says.
Augie: See, right here, it's a ruby-crowned kinglet.
And that's exactly what it was.
So now we've met a whole new variety of bird, a tad bigger than a hummingbird and less efficient at hovering. It is passing through on its migration northward. Males do have a reddish patch, but much of the time it is flat to their heads and cannot be seen.
I've been trying to get a shot of this active little guy, but so far he hasn't stayed around long enough. Photographing a ruby-crowned kinglet is now on my bucket list (I have simple wants). Meanwhile, I borrowed a photo from BirdForum.