This is a male Purple Finch. They have also started arriving and will soon be starting to nest. We do enjoy hearing their beautiful song. Last year a graduate student named Sarah Knutie came to our yard and banded some of the Purple Finches. She is studying them and hopes to get back here this summer to do some follow-up work. I have seen one male and one female with bands on their legs. They could have been banded by someone else, but it’s likely that Sarah banded them last year and they’ve returned to visit us again this year.