The red “crown” of the Ruby-crowned Kinglet is difficult to see under usual circumstances. Its feathers lie tight to the head. Find a kinglet in an excited or agitated state, however, and you’ll see red feathers standing erect as challenge and warning. This is what's seen by competitors for nesting territory or mates. The bird is flexing its muscles, so to speak. The photos were taken in late April in Montana.

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Killdeer mom was protecting her nest