Here is Mrs. Pileated Woodpecker:
She stops by to eat from my suet holder or just to peck (hammer!) away at my trees.
Next, is Mr. (or Mrs?) Crow. He definitely is not my favorite, but since his visits are rare, I'm ok with him stopping by. Sometimes he hangs out here with his friends and they can be quite noisey.
One of the most intriguing birds, to me, is the Cedar Waxwing. Mr. and Mrs. Cedar Waxwing are both virtually the same color, so it is very hard to distinguish one from the other. Many birds have this feature (see Crow, above). However, it does seem more common--in the 'colorful' bird category, that is--for the male to stand out more than the female.
Below, a Waxwing drinks from the birdbath...
Below, a younger--though not a 'juvenile'--Waxwing turns to look around. The red-tips aren't as visible until the bird begins to age. In time, this bird will look as if it's wings were dipped in red paint, too.
Stay tuned for more photos in my Winter Backyard Birds Series, 2008-2009.
--I'm thankful, as always, for my feathered friends.