Right after going out in the snow to refill the feeders, I saw two pine grosbeaks, which I haven't seen previously this winter. Also, large numbers of redpolls have been coming to the thistle feeders. Then there are the usual chickadees, nuthatches, & woodpeckers. Having the birds flying around outside helps make the long winters in this part of the world a bit more animated. I'm often struck with amazement at how the birds survive the sub-zero nights & windy days. Having multiple feeders gets me outdoors to freeze my hands, of course, but it gives me a more direct connection with that sense of liveliness the birds bring with them, animating the winter landscape as well as my emotional landscape, if one can speak sensibly of such a thing.