Purple Finch, male
Purple Finches are beautiful birds that breed in upper eastern and mid-western parts of the country, the West Coast and Canada. Here in NH they are the state bird. A graduate student, Sarah Knutie, is starting a long-term monitoring study of Purple Finch population status and distribution and needs volunteers that are interested in monitoring Purple Finches, House Finches and Pine Siskins at their feeders. This will require only 1-2 hours a month between March and Sept. If you would like to participate in the study get in touch with Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, city and state, and the months of the year you see Purple Finches.
We'll be doing it, we are lucky to have Purple Finches in our yard. As a matter of fact, as I am writing this a Purple Finch is singing outside.