A couple weeks ago, I posted about the Winter Finch Forecast that predicts which finch species will be moving south this winter in response to a limited food supply in the north. You can read that post here. Since then, it has become very evident that Purple Finches are already on the move!
Purple Finches are quite often misidentified. The much more common House Finch looks very similar and is regularly mistaken for this species. Although many times identification issues arise due to the similarity of females of different species, it’s actually the male House and Purple Finches that seem to cause the most confusion. It’s much easier to show the difference between the two species than it is to describe it so here are a few images to help you identify these similar species.
You can see all of the eBird reports of Purple Finch in the continental US since October 1st here. Have you seen any Purple Finches in your yard this fall yet?