For my mother in law.
The last bird we discussed and viewed together at her backyard feeder.
A beautiful red finch had been making frequent visits to her feeder.
What red finch was it she wondered? We got out her field guide and discussed the possibilities.
A beautiful red head, forehead, neck and breast that get your attention right away.
The reddish chest fades into unmistakable brown streaks throughout it's underparts.
Purple? No, not even close. It's more like a raspberry red richness that flows softly down the head, neck and into the underparts. The Purple Finch lacks the brownish streaks that comb through the sides and belly of the male House Finch.
We noticed there were no streaks on the underparts of the bird visiting her feeder. The delicate raspberry shade gently washed down it's belly. A cheerful visit and view of a beautiful bird on our last visit together. A memory that will forever be cherished.