New visitors - Purple Finches?

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Merlin suggests these are Purple Finches. First I've seen them, and that would make 48 species fluttering through my yard in the last 13-14 months.

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It could well be a purple finch. The males have a deeper color than the house finch. They also have a notched tail instead of the square tail that the house finch has. If I am not mistaken, the only difference between the female purple finch and house finch is the tail.
 
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Nice sharp ones.
Thanks Allan.
It could well be a purple finch. The males have a deeper color than the house finch. They also have a notched tail instead of the square tail that the house finch has. If I am not mistaken, the only difference between the female purple finch and house finch is the tail.
They do look a lot like House Finches, but all the colors are deeper and they're a bit larger than the the female House Finches. Cool seeing new stuff.
 
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Thanks Allan.

They do look a lot like House Finches, but all the colors are deeper and they're a bit larger than the the female House Finches. Cool seeing new stuff.
Yes it is. We will get stray purple finches here. I definitely saw one and posted the sighting on eBird only to be told I was wrong. Too bad I did not get a photo of it. I know what I saw.
 

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