I don’t know where these little yellow fellows go the rest of the year, but these days they’re in Golden Gate Park.
So if you see a flash of bright orangey-yellow up in the air, it very well could be a hooded oriole.
Here’s one at Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake from a few years back. This male has a blush of orange as is typical for this time of year – they generally have more of a pure yellow color at other times:
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(Or you might spot a similar-looking yellow-headed blackbird around town, but probably not.)
Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders.
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