A flicker uses its magnificent tail in the intended way--the steadying of the suet cage. There are several Northern Flickers around, most, including the pictured bird are red-shafted, but I've seen one or two of the yellow-shafted race, which migrate to this part of the province during fall/winter.
Also today: Fox Sparrow No. 1.
And Fox Sparrow No. 2.
Note the bi-coloured bill and the smudgy v-shaped breast spots.