I crouched near the back of the house and waited for the birds to arrive. While waiting I could hear a cacauphony of Dark-eyed Juncos from the woods nearby, and a flock of six Eastern Bluebirds flew overhead. The first Northern Cardinal song heralded a hint of spring!
I'd seen a pair of female/juvenile Purple Finches the past several days, but had yet to have seen a male. Until now. A pair of bright, cranberry-colored males flew in and foraged among the male House Finches and made for a nice study in contrast. Note the lack of brown belly and flank streaks and the red coloration that extends up onto the wings and back. The House Finch males are redder in coloration with distinct brown streaks on the lower belly and flanks.
The females are more distinctly different, as described in previous posts.