Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Anyone know what kind of bird this is?  I was sitting on a picnic table, waiting for my friend to arrive for our hike, when this beautiful yellow-breasted bird landed on a branch right above me.  I wasn’t able to see what the bird looked like from the side or from above, so I don’t know any other markings.  Glad I was looking up!

Lake Chabot 007

Photo taken April 16th, 2013

Lake Chabot Regional Park, Castro Valley, California

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Weekly Photo Challenge:  Up

37 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

  1. I love all of the elements of this photo! So pretty…’up’ close…the sharp focus of the bird and the soft hues of the background. Very pretty!

  2. It’s such a difficult angle for identification! I could vote for Lesser Goldfinch as your first commenter did – the bill shape doesn’t look “goldfinchy” from this angle but perspective can throw good field marks off.
    I had a friend who wanted to publish a book called, “Bird Butts I Have Known”, for help identifying birds when only getting underside glimpses. It would have been handy here 🙂

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  4. I’ve seen these birds at my feeder from time to time. I’ll be eager to keep checking back to see if you get more votes for Lesser Goldfinch or something else. I have the hardest time being definitive with the different species. i’m sure trying! 🙂

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  10. A type of tit? Reminded me of the unfortunate incident today when I was visiting a house, a bird looking like this had got into the porch through an empty window, panicked and crashed into a window. I don’t think it survived.

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  14. Thanks for dropping by and liking my photo. Would you tell me how to do a pingback? I put the link to the WordPress post in a comment on my blog but I don’t see my pingback in the post, so I’m guessing not. If you can tell me, I’d really appreciate it! 🙂

    janet

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