Female Purple Finch

Any time I look through one of our windows I check for not so common birds or critters that may pay us a visit or just pass through our woods. In the last couple days I have seen a few Purple Finches around here. Surprisingly I saw only females so far. During the summer they are up in Canada or northern Minnesota but we see them on occasion every winter here in eastern Iowa. The females did obviously not stand for the bird’s name with their brown-streaked body but I think they are pretty. The males have a pink-red head, throat, and rump. Hope to see one of them too sometime…

All images: Nikon D750, Sigma 150-600mm / f5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports Lens, tripod, gimbal head, SB 800 speed light