Purple Finch (Code 2) 5 March 2015
Area: Uncommon migrant and winter visitor, usually seen at feeders. Some yards will retain them all winter, while others will not see any.
Yard: Uncommon migrant and winter visitor. Sometimes several birds will stick around for a few weeks or more, other times months go by without seeing any in the yard.
Observations: First birds of the year were a pair that stopped in to the bird feeders briefly during a heavy snowstorm on 5 March 2015. I only managed a quick documentary shot of the female (above) before they took off.