A golden-crowned kinglet perches on a railing along a river. Take note of the olive-green back and wings, and the black and yellow crown.

Like last week's featured creature, the ruby-crowned kinglet, the golden-crowned kinglet is a winter visitor to Oklahoma.

A ruby-crowned kinglet perches on a tree branch. Note the overall olive-green appearance, broken white eye-ring, and black legs. The similar appearance golden-crowned kinglet has yellow legs and lacks the broken eye-ring.

This week, I’m featuring the ruby-crowned kinglet, one of two kinglet species that overwinters in Oklahoma.

The other kinglet species, the golden-crowned kinglet, I will feature in a future column.

A Eurasian collared dove walks in the snow. Notice the overall light brown and beige color, and the black half-ring (collar) around the nape of its neck.

For the longest time, the mourning dove (last week’s featured creature) was the only species of dove one could see in this area, or the rest of Oklahoma for that matter.

Well, not including the rock pigeon.

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Fort Sill’s 1st Aero Squadron took off from Columbus, New Mexico, late in the afternoon on March 19, 1916, to participate in Brig. Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing’s Mexican Punitive Expedition, ordered by President Woodrow Wilson.

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