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Acn anyone identify this beatuiful yellow bird? title=
Bright yellow birth with some black top featers hanging in tree
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By an edhat reader

Hello - We've discovered a tree just a few yards from the Verizon Store parking lot on East Calle Crespis is favored by beautiful yellow birds. Hopefully I have uploaded the photo correctly, so you see this bird is upside down, the easier to see the beautiful yellow coloring. We see several possibilities on our bird identification chart, but I imagine a well trained birder can be quite authoritative. We're also curious what sort of tree is this which is a unique bird magnet? Thanks!

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tagdes Nov 25, 2021 11:43 AM
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Lesser Goldfinch common year round and breed here. Had one on our feeder yesterday on Vernal Ave.

Minibeast Nov 25, 2021 11:57 AM
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Sweet gum
Liquidambar styraciflua, commonly called sweet gum, is a low-maintenance deciduous shade tree that is native from Connecticut to Florida and Missouri further south to Texas, Mexico and Central America.

a-1637923682 Nov 26, 2021 02:48 AM
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Huh, never called it anything but a liquid amber. Good to know. Our street has *many* of them; those spiked balls are a hazard!

Eggs Ackley Nov 26, 2021 08:17 AM
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The correct name of the tree is Liquidambar styraciflua
Very high maintenance in urban situations. Well deserved reputation for lifting sidewalks,
No liquid
No amber

tagdes Nov 25, 2021 12:00 PM
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Looks like a sycamore also called a buttonball tree. They are good for goldfinches chickadees ( only here in the mountains) and juncos. They will eat sunflower seeds but prefer thistle or nyjer. Get a nyjer sock to feed them.

tagdes Nov 25, 2021 12:12 PM
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Mini beast is correct, was hard tell looking at the leafless one on Google at 11 Calle Crespis.

chico berkeley Nov 25, 2021 07:14 PM
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Those balls made a lot of skateboarders crash,myself included

junebug93110 Nov 26, 2021 10:55 AM
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American Goldfinch is the bird in the picture, similar to the Lesser Goldfinch.

tagdes Nov 26, 2021 12:35 PM
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Lesser; full black cap, white lower wing patches, black or yellow green back west of the Rockies. American separated by only partial cap, bright yellow back and no bold wing bars. The easy way to remember it is more is less...cap. Also 4 sightings between Verde Vista and Ventura on east Alamar versus 0 for American. Not sure what I'm missing here?

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