A male finch of the species that nested on some of the balconies around the building housing my office last spring was just on the railing of my balcony singing and looking around. He watched me through the glass or looked at his reflection for a moment, then flew away. I think a female companion blurred by, too. I thought I heard finches singing yesterday, but decided I was mistaken and it must have been some starlings. It seems like it’s too early in the season for the finches to return.
It’s either a purple or a house finch. I always get them confused. A search for images and information on the Web didn’t help. The birds seem to be about 5-7 inches from beak to tail with lots of light and dark brown coloring. The male has dull red feathers on his head and chest mingling with the brown feathers.
Note to self: Self, bring bird seed tomorrow.