My parents, mostly my mom, have always loved feeding the birds. Over the past 20 years they have created an incredible bird sanctuary in their very rural back yard. The birds that show up in their yard are numerous. Sitting in their backyard has always been calming. In my mom's honor, I've planted a lilac bush & am creating a bird sanctuary in my little urban backyard. I found a beautiful hanging birdbath. Put in a ground feeder to keep the squirrels happy & out of the more expensive feeds for the cardinals & grosbeaks. Have put out suet for the woodpeckers & nuthatches. Niger seed for the finches. I'm getting quite the collection of visitors to my backyard feeders. All in all, I'm quite pleased with my little re-creation of my parent's wild bird paradise. It's pleasant to sit out on my patio & watch the birds come & go. husband, for the first time ever, is enjoying sitting out back & just relaxing.