A very Special Visitor
I have been waiting for these beautiful finches to visit for years, I think their beauty rivals that of the Bluebird and Cardinal...they usually arrive in terrible light, but this is the best capture I have thus far...Purple Finch, female I think but she has more red than females usually have.
From Ron Pittaway's Winter Finch Forecast 2010-2011
PURPLE FINCH: This finch winters in the north when the majority of deciduous and coniferous seed crops are abundant, which is not the case this year. Most Purple Finches will migrate south of Ontario this fall. A few may frequent feeders in southern Ontario. Purple Finch numbers have declined significantly in recent decades due in part to a decrease of spruce budworm outbreaks since the 1980s (Leckie and Cadman in Atlas of Breeding Birds of Ontario 2007).