First-year Male Purple Finch
Purple Finch, Kennebunk, Maine, USA. — In the past we have had a few Purple Finches visit our feeders on their way through to somewhere else, but this year we have 3 individuals coming to the feeders every day, and have had for more than a month now. It is possible the mixed seed I have had to resort to during the pandemic is just that much more attractive to them than the Black-oil Sunflower I have fed in past years, or it could be that there are just more Purple Finches this year in Maine. At any rate we are enjoying them. I have been watching this bird every day, semi-convinced that it is a first year male, while our other two are definitely females. Yesterday, for the first time, I was able to see the growing purple coming in the plumage. It is subtitle but it is definitely there. 🙂 And just for fun, I will include a “personality” shot as well. Sony Rx10iv at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my custom birds and wildlife modifications. Processed in Polarr and Apple Photos.