Here is the female Purple Finch I mentioned a couple of days ago. I posted a photo of the male (Male Purple Finch Here In The Ouachitas) a couple of days ago if you want to check it out. The white line on the face above the eye seem to make it easier for me to tell these birds apart from the House Finch.
Female Purple Finch Facts
Female Purple Finches have no red. They are coarsely streaked below, with strong facial markings including a whitish eye-stripe and a dark line down the side of the throat.
Nests take 3-8 days to build, with the female doing most or all of the work. She makes the base from twigs, sticks, and roots, then lines the cup with fine grasses and animal hair. The finished nest is about 7 inches wide and 4 inches tall.
During disputes at food sources and in flocks, females usually win out over males. Courting males sing softly while hopping and fluffing feathers in front of the female, often holding a twig or grass stem in the beak. If things go well, the next step is a short flight about one foot straight up, followed by drooping the wings and pointing his beak to the sky. Mating may follow. (All About Birds)