So I've seen the many recent posts griping about throngs of Pine Siskins and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks emptying all your feeders, and I've been reading how people have trees full of Red-breasted Nuthatches, and I'm wondering whether my yard lost a star on Avian Yelp. None of those species has shown up here (yet). However, there was a female Purple Finch at the feeder today. Seeing her next to the House Finches, the difference was striking.
P.S. If the person with the "poor lonely Blue Jay" would like company for that bird, I'd be happy to send her some of the jays that are snarfing down my expensive sunflower hearts!