I found something exciting on my recent hike. It's a new bird that I've only ever seen in pictures before. Now I got to see a real one for the very first time. I guess there is always something new to see from nature. The wonders never end.
The bird is hard to see in these pictures, but it appears to be what's called an American Goldfinch. Check out that link I just gave you. It's very informative, and it's also very valuable. You'll find some good information on this beautiful bird there, including a better look at it.
I was headed down to the lake to look at the geese when I got to about the same place where I saw the angry squirrel that I told you about a few days ago. I just happened to be looking towards the trees at the back of the park when I saw a flash of yellow fly by.
It was a bird about half the size of a robin. I saw it land on a tree branch, but I quickly lost it in all of the leaves. I had to do something, so I zoomed the camera in towards where I last saw it and began taking pictures. I was hoping I would get lucky and catch a glimpse of it in one of the shots.
As you can see, I got what I was looking for! Yellow birds fascinate me because I didn't know that any existed in North America. After getting a short glimpse of one last year, I'm finding out that not only do they exist here, but they're common and there are very many different types.
These pictures aren't really even close to the best anyone has ever gotten of one of these birds, but that's not the point here. The thrill of seeing this bird for myself, and just having that small chance of getting a picture was extremely fun. These pictures are the record of a memory of a great time.