It isn’t just the males of the species that brighten up their plumage for spring. This female Purple Finch caught my eye today, looking very crisp and bright. They always remind me of pint-sized female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
At least, I assumed it was a female, but I don’t remember noticing this hint of red wash on the scapulars before.
I didn’t notice that until I cropped the photo.