This year we decided not to totally depend on our small pond for open water for our backyard birds. We put our heated birdbath on our deck off our kitchen almost as a test to see which one they preferred. Well, I can tell you that they definitely prefer the heated birdbath. Now that the weather is much more frigid the small trickle of water coming down the pond is not enough to attract them to it, but the steam vapors from the heated birdbath definitely attract the birds to it. We have a daily ritual of putting out peanuts in the shell onto a tray feeder right by the heated birdbath and then we eat breakfast and watch the Blue Jays and Tufted Titmice fly in to retrieve the peanuts! It is so fun to watch it makes it difficult to leave for work especially if there are still some peanuts left! We call this routine "Breakfast with the Blue Jays".
We also put seeds on the tray and occasionally a Cardinal, Goldfinch, Junco, Nuthatch, or House Finch will fly right in after the Jays have flown off with a nut. I sometimes wonder why everyone doesn't have at least one birdfeeder in their yard to watch the antics of their birds!!