We try to feed the birds more in the winter time than in the summer.  We feed in the summer too, because we just like watching the birds while we sit on the porch, but we always ensure they have seed and suet throughout the winter, especially when there is snow and ice on the ground and when it’s very cold.  Poor birds need some help keeping full and staying warm!  They seem to appreciate it and the feeders stay full of birds all winter long.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but  there are about five birds on the feeder as well as more in the surrounding area on the ground out of the frame.