This winter hasn't turned out to be particularly harsh, and there are lots of berries and seeds still left for birds to eat. But we didn't know that back in January, so for the first time we hung a bird feeder out on the back porch. It's a net bag filled with thistle seeds, and it has attracted quite a following.
We had never seen these birds in our garden in Cibolo/Schertz before, and I identified them as lesser goldfinches. There seem to be at least five of them visiting the bird feeder, and it has to be refilled every other day after they eat their fill. Many of the thistle seeds are picked out of the bag and fall onto the deck, but the finches don't fly down to eat them there. They hang around watching from nearby trees until we refill the bag, and then they return to feast some more.