At first, I thought it was a female cardinal being attracted by the male, and it turned out to be an adult male House Finch. What a treat I had today. I don’t get to see them in my backyard that often.
The house finch is a bird in the finch family Fringillidae. In most cases, adult males’ heads, necks and shoulders are reddish. This color sometimes extends to the belly and down the back, between the wings. Male coloration varies in intensity with the seasons and is derived from the berries and fruits in its diet. As a result, the colors range from pale straw-yellow through bright orange (both rare) to deep, intense red. Adult females have brown upperparts and streaked underparts.
Their song is a rapid, cheery warble or a variety of chirps.