a purty little birdy
I have a very popular birdfeeder, which provides much entertainment for my cats (no worries, they're just onlookers from behind the screen). The feeder is usually overrun by miscellaneous brown finches and other small birds, but just this once I looked out and there was a bright gold finch happily eating seeds. I swear it looked just like an American Goldfinch
(aka "wild canary") but I didn't think they got to NoCal and I also thought they only ate thistle and other similar seeds, not the shelled sunflower chips and bits currently in the feeder.
No photos, of course, because birds tend to fly away when a human with a camera comes near them. Whatever it was, it sure was the prettiest little birdy to grace my patio.