I reminisce about the time when I began watching birds, it was just after I was out of high school. I first hung up my feeders on a pole with a lot of hooks because I was using many types of feeders. I filled the feeders and waited for the birds to come. First I had to find a way to prevent the squirrel(s) from eating all of the seeds, so I read about it. I read magazines, books, online, until I decided on the squirrel baffle which I wanted to purchase. I placed it about halfway up on the pole and it took care of the problem.
After that, the birds increased at the feeders little by little.
Soon after that, I was reading in Birds & Blooms about birds taking pleasure in gardens and getting natural foods from them. Plus things like shelters too. So I began planning on where I could put a shelter. I looked around the yard for the best area to plant my flowers. I had the feeders in the side yard a good area from the trees. I started with a bird bath within my budget in the back yard (in a walkway) and the yard was kind of small. I did not think that the front yard was a very good choice. So I finally decided on making a circle of flowers around the pole for the bird feeders!. The birds loved it when I was finished!