In my garden they are.
Winter has been delayed and flowers were still in bloom only a few weeks ago. Plants still contained seed for birds to forage, so I delayed filling the feeders. No point when they have a ready supply of nourishment. With snow coming, seed may get covered up and birds expend more energy just to locate it.
We only got an inch or so of snow on January 4th, but it was blowing and drifting. The birds in the garden spent a lot of time sheltered in the shrubs. Those above are waiting a turn at the feeder in the crabapple tree.
I can sympathize with the birds because I walked to the bank in 12° F, wind-in-your-face weather. I know it was biting cold conditions. The sidewalks in Niagara Falls are always treacherous with lumps and mounds of snow-covered ice. It is easy to trip or slip, and if anyone does in the city, they are mighty sue-happy.
No sooner than the feeder was filled, a battalion of sparrows flew in. Cardinals too. It always amazes me they know within minutes that a full feeder awaits. The lower temperatures should be short-lived according to the forecast, so birds will be back looking for a meal the way nature intended. Don’t you think these cardinals are saying, “We would rather have the seed you make available, rather than having to find it ourselves,”?