A Hungry Bird: What Is It?

While hiking in the Devils Postpile National Monument, I ran across a hungry and curious bird that didn’t seem too afraid of the dozens of people crossing its path.

Only a few feet away, it sat on a low hanging branch and kept an attentive eye on my lunch (salami and cheese), as I rested in the shade below the Postpile.

I enjoy photographing wildlife while I hike and travel. It is fascinating to see the variety of nature.

Yet, this is a very frustrating little bird.

Try as I might, I have been unable to identify it. I have checked websites that list birds in the Mammoth Lakes area. I have tried the Audubon Society’s website. I have tried random other birding websites.

Nothing has worked. I have found some species that may have a similar profile, but nothing that matches the colors of the bird.

Hopefully, someone may be able to help me.

I am providing two versions of the photo (one slightly edited, the other with the colors more saturated) in the hopes that someone may know what it is.

One way or another, I hope you enjoy.

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