Fred & I would like to remind everyone to feed the birds this winter because it provides the energy they need to survive.
Keeping your feeders in easy to reach places and filled with food daily will let birds know they can rely on a source of food if need be.
Also, if you leave your birdhouses out during these winter months birds can find a spot to roost at night out of the cold. It is not uncommon for 6, 7, 8 etc. birds to huddle together overnight.
Lastly, a good source of ice free water is essential. Birds need drinking water and bathing water even in the winter time. Regular bathing allows birds to clean and waterproof their feathers with natural oils. Air trapped underneath feathers helps with insulation. Their feathers must be clean and dry in order for them to stay warm.
Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2015.