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My mother in law has a bird feeder on her patio and it recently started attracting this colorful guy. I think it's called American Goldfinch. The bird is a little bigger than a sparrow. My niece Maggie parked herself in a chair and waited to take pictures of this bird. She had this picture as wallpaper on her computer and I asked her to send me a copy. My MIL lives in Gold River Calif, just outside Sacramento, Calif.
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