Woodpeckers rely upon home and land owners saving trees that have reached the end of their lives. Dead and dying trees and cut-off stumps hold a real smorgasbord for hungry woodpeckers who have daily stop-offs to fill up on grubs and other insects. Placing suet cakes in trees and shrubs in your yard will also attract them, allowing you to get closeup views of their secretive lives. Anyone who has heard the chilling calls of the pileated woodpecker when it is close by never forgets it .
Cardinals and Bluejays can be entertaining when other, more exotic species are absent. Taking peanut offerings and trustingly performing, sometimes within a few feet they allow us to see their brilliant plumage and flashing flights while we await those eagles, hawks, owls etc.
In winter, he is so brilliant in contrast to bare branches and snow drifts.
This character catches peanuts tossed in the air, flying off to stash them
These beautiful waxwings were gorging themselves on the ripe mountain ash berries and were quite unconcerned about anyone wanting to approach closely to catch the moment. Generally, they flee when one gets too near their chosen trees. The last image is a juvenile