We had a welcome surprise at the seed feeder and suet cake this morning: A pileated woodpecker. In the 20 years we have been in this house we would see them now and then, but it had been a while since we had seen them in our backyard. He or she is pretty big! The little birds benefit from the woodpecker chipping off chunks of the suet too. It falls to the ground and they can nibble it right down before the pidgeons and ravens move in.
Since spring is just around the corner (four days) I imagine we'll be seeing more and more seasonal birds like goldfinches, mountain chickadees, and if we get lucky, maybe a western tanager will pass through. I've only seen the tanager one time. They're so pretty with their mulitcolored plumage.