It's bitterly cold. This morning when we got up it was 2 degrees below freezing. That qualifies as pretty chilly! The snow on the ground is generally fluffy and not a big deterrent to anything. This is New Hampshire after all!
The birds are hungry and needing to keep warm. I guess it's easier to get seed at a feeder on a bitterly cold day. SOOO... We've had at least 100 American Goldfinches at the feeders this morning. There are so many of them that they are feeding from the ground as well as from the feeders. That always makes me happy since that means less clean-up in the spring! The more seed eaten from the ground the better.
Most birds are sloppy eaters. They take seeds and drop them, or peck at them, dropping them in the process; or like Blue Jays who just toss them all over for fun!
I'm so happy to make the seed available for the birds. We love to watch them. I used to do the Feeder Watch for Cornell University. I am now doing it for "e-Bird". It's simple! Just visit their e-Bird website