I agree that the bird looks a great deal like a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, but she was much too small to be a grosbeak. Additionally, the beak is much more like a Purple Finch. And finally, I sent the photographs to experts who confirmed it to be a Purple Finch.
Here is a normal female Purple Finch at our feeder:
And here is a female alongside a male Purple Finch photographed in the rain.
We saw Leuci for only three days and have not seen her in a week. I had rather hoped she might stay around.
Thanks for your guesses. You figured it out pretty quickly.
She was really something to see Carolyn! (Oh, and BTW, bandjzmom is my sister, who I sent the post to so she could see your mystery guest!)
Very neat! For someone who thought they didn't have any purple finches, you certainly have run the gamut of purple finch possibilities!
Jayne - I tried to find bandjzmom, but she has no blog. You might have to encourage her to start one up.
Dog geek - Oh, you do have a good memory. :)
Perhaps she's busy nesting?
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