Benefits the birds and your family Winter is the season birds most heavily rely on feeders to supplement their natural diets. Over a hundred species of birds will visit feeders in winter when food is scarce. Some species will also use them to refuel during spring and fall migrations, and some will use them while nesting in the summer. Feeding the birds is a wonderful way to help connect your family to nature and create an awareness and understanding of your backyard habitat. Most children enjoy watching nature shows on television, they can be equally mesmerized watching a busy..