Yesterday, as I was looking out my kitchen window at the cup feeders I have there, and watching the feeding frenzy as the temps stayed in the 30s', I realized I'd not yet seen any Purple Finches this season. Within a minute or two, this guy flew in to the cup to enjoy some sunflower seeds. These beautiful birds only come to my neck of the woods in the winter season, so it's always a treat to see them intermingled with the House Finches.
After an hour or so, I looked out again, and there in the Crepe Myrtle just above the feeders was his beautiful bride! At first I thought, "Now what kind of sparrow is that?" before I realized she wasn't a sparrow at all. I hope they hang around for a while and let me soak in their beauty.