This morning I saw a small bird moving around quickly in some tree branches. I thought first of the usual small bird I see, the Yellow-rumped warbler, but the glimpses I caught of this bird seemed different. It looked very tiny, even smaller than the Yellow-rumped warbler. It paused occasionally in spots where I had a pretty clear shot through the branches and leaves.

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The little bird had an olive tone to its coloring, with a white eye ring and distinctive markings on its wings. I checked my bird books and identified it as a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a bird I’d never seen before. This bird is only about 4 inches long so it really is tiny!

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The adult male Ruby-crowned Kinglet has a small crown of red feathers, so this bird is either a female or an immature male.

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The squirrels were out chasing each other again. I took some photos of this squirrel pausing for few moments.

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I love the way the squirrel is sitting here, gripping the branch with its hind feet and its front paws held up to its chest.

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Squirrel looking concerned–this was just before it left to rejoin the other squirrels.

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This afternoon was sunny and warm enough for some anoles to come out. This one was on the pool steps.

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And this young anole was near the gate.

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Anole up on the fence.

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