Chrome yellow bird with black throat and black beak

by Sarah
(Walnut Creek, CA)

On telephone wire in wooded residential area of Walnut Creek, CA. Head and body are bright chrome yellow (very vibrant warm color); throat has a large black spot; beak is straight and a bit thicker than warbler, not like a finch. Wings appear to be black striped. Tail may be black. Suspect it is an escaped tropical bird. (Probably unrelated, but there are palm trees in the neighborhood although the bird didn't fly to them.) Body appears to be 6-9 inches. Sort of reminds me of a shrike in body type with top of head round instead of sloping. Will try to get photo.

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May 25, 2015
Hooded Oriole? NEW
by: Anonymous

After posting, I found another cache of yellow-bird photos and one of them, quite similar to the bird I saw, was identified as a Hooded Oriole. Anyone else have any other candidates?

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