Ok, I know I live in an apartment, and the space behind my apartment is not technically my backyard, but…
I have a picky bird who leaves much of his bird seed behind. So, when I change his bowl, I usually throw the leftover seed into the backyard so the birds outside can finish it. I also keep a tray of food on the window sill. Well, maybe because of all these seeds, I soon had some cool plants growing outside that my neighbors didn’t have. Until someone from the apt complex came and sprayed them one day and they all died, as did my dreams of having a bird-seed garden.
Soon, the seeds attracted birds. I have a couple of cute little house finches that come pecking around for seeds, and also a new pair of birds I hadn’t seen before. After looking at bird pictures on the internet for awhile, I found that they were Brown Thrashers, which is actually the Georgia state bird. They’re really pretty, and don’t seem to be as afraid of me as the finches are. I’m hoping they build a nest in the bushes beside my window.
Now, whenever someone comes to do yard work behind my apartment, I’m always afraid they will scare off “my” birds! I’ll just have to leave enough bird seed to guarantee that they will come back!