An Awesome Palette

Since many birds are viewed at a distance and against the bright sky or in the shade, it is often startling to discover just how colorful some actually are when a little light is shed on a close subject. The hues on some are brilliant and bold while others are more subtle.

All of these below recently have paused in our back yard.

Blue Jay.

Cardinal.

Male American Goldfinch.

House Finch

Female American Goldfinch

Male Downy Woodpecker with red patch on the back of his head. The female has no such patch.

Goldfinch.