carpodacus (from karpos, fruit, and dakos, biter) purpureus (purple)
Friday, November 14, 1980 — 8:40 am
Des Plaines, Illinois — home
At this time, I had feeders set up in the backyard outside the window of the garage bedroom where we lived. There were two large trees, a norway maple by the back fence and a mulberry by the shed. There was also row of bushes along the property line. We got a lot of birds, and I spent a lot of time looking out the window.
I woke up this morning and was greeted by a lifer. A male Purple Finch was eating sunflower seeds on the platform feeder about 20 feet from the window.