Feeders will draw birds for easier viewing all year long but when snow blankets the ground birds will descend on established feeders in droves. Provide a variety of natural or natural appearing perches nearby that takes advantage of the natural light and you will have a perfect winter bird studio.
The song sparrow and the white-throated sparrow in the above photographs both posed for me today on a multi-flora rose bush overgrown by an unidentified vine.
A tree standing beside the feeder provides a multitude of branch perches such as the one used by the above chickadee.
Female Northern Cardinal
This female cardinal perched on a broken poke stalk during a snow storm. I am particularly fond of poke weed growing near my bird feeding areas as it not only provides a good variety of photogenic perches but feeds the birds as well.