As I grew up, I learned that this it the time of year that is hardest for our feathered friends - the little birds. They've eaten most of the seeds and goodies on the ground and most everything has been covered with snow.
In this part of the country we have a lot of black bears. Black bears and bird feeders don't mix. But the bears have been hibernating so we hope not to find our bird feeders broken and strewn about the yard. The birds can have something to sustain them.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.