There have been purple finches around my yard for quite a while so far this spring. The males are reddish-purple and certainly stand out in the trees around here. Their songs are beautiful as well.
I am presently adding photos to my Purple Finches album that you can follow here - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10161644191400329&type=3
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