Identifying House Finches and Purples Finches can be difficult, and for a long time I believed that the finches visiting my fathers feeders were Purple Finches when in fact they were House Finches. Now that I've gotten more into birding and identification I've seen the error of my ways. :)
Purple Finches have been visiting our yard for the first time this year (new yard bird) and I've really enjoyed having them around. I have House Finches outside my office window almost every day which I posted about earlier: House Finch.