This is either a house finch or a purple finch. I'll have to check the bird book to find out. They are reddish on the head and breast but it's a dull red - definitely not like a Cardinal's stop-sign red colors. I like the heavy beaks of the finches - such tough little things!
Since I was feeling a bit braver, I painted this one on a fourth sheet (11" x 15") Fabriano Artistico 140# cold press watercolor paper WITHOUT drawing beforehand. Just drew him with the brush and slowly put down the colors and shape. His legs could be a bit darker but I'm pretty happy with his look :)
Have you ever watched the movie, The Big Year? It's about 3 men competing to discover and document the most birds in one year - a cute movie, it shows a lot of birds and what some dedicated (and slightly crazy) birders will do to see them. Maybe I should think about painting a Big Year without all the travel :)