Its definitely starting to look and feel more like spring now and after this past winter it can’t come soon enough. I’m starting to notice lots of birds coming back now, Robins which is a good sign of spring as well as Purple Finch’s (pictured above) which I snapped in my Caledon backyard. The Purple Finch is one of 24 birds in the genus Carpodacus and is included in the finch family, Fringillidae, which is made up of passerine birds found in northern hemisphere and Africa. The Purple Finch was originally described by Johann Friedrich Gmelin in 1789. See Wikipedia for more info on Purple Finchs. This photo was actually taken by my fiance with my cam and zoom lens and was adjusted only slightly in the program Photomatix to bring out more of the colour.