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First, let me thank my husband, Lee. Without him, this photo would not have been possible. He recently cleaned all the windows and I was able to get this shot from inside the house.
The little yellow and black bird you see is elusive and camera shy. I see him and his mate from indoors, go outdoors and sit like a statue with my hubby's telephoto lens until my arms are going to fall off and the birds play shy. The moment I go back in, they reappear. I have been trying to get his picture for a couple weeks, but trying to find out what he is for a year. He and the Mrs. showed up in December at the birdbath. If it weren't for his mate, I would have decided that he was someone's lost pet. They were here last year, too. I searched all sorts of bird ID books and only came up with the common Goldfinch. The male has a gold head and breast, but not a black head like the one in the picture.
About ready to call the Audubon Society and report my new discovery, I gave Google one last shot. I typed in 'black headed goldfinch'. There he was! He and his mate are Lesser Goldfinches. Never knew there was such a thing. Evidently, neither have all the major bird ID books. I can go on with my life now. I also know that my days sitting like a statue are over, as long as the windows are clean.