I set up my winter feeders today. I stick dead tree branches in some of my big plant pots and place them around the feeders so that the birds have a place to perch. It makes great photo opportunities and then you don't get the feeders in the photo. When it gets colder, they are so busy coming for seeds that they don't care that you are only a couple of feet away. I have even been able to get a chickadee to take seeds out of my hand.