It's been Finch City around our feeders lately. Flocks of American Goldfinches and Purple Finches have been finding our birdfeeders and emptying them every 3-4 days. And every time I step outside the house, I hear their sweet little songs filling the treetops.
The goldfinches are in midst of their spring molt, when both male and female finches replace their body feathers. So it's not long before the males will flaunt their bright yellow breeding plumage (but it's still months before they breed.)
Purple Finches have returned in force. The males are a gorgeous raspberry color and the females just as beautiful in their streaky brown. The females are outnumbering the males right now, so may the most beautifully colored male bird win!