Here's an easy way to give birds some shelter while they eat at bird feeders.
Take an evergreen bough—such as a trimming from a Christmas tree, wreath or garland—and use twine to secure it above the bird feeder, tying it either to the branch or hook that holds the bird feeder or the bird feeder itself. Shown: A male northern flicker at a suet feeder. Suspending an evergreen bough above the feeder would give some protection from wind and snow.
Read more garden uses for discarded Christmas trees, some supplied by Horticulture readers:
"Ways to Recycle the Christmas Tree"
Attract more birds by planting some of birds' favorite shrubs and bushes.
Find bird house plans in Bird Houses You Can Build in a Day.
Make bird houses and more with the book Bird, Bee & Bug Houses: Simple Projects for Your Garden.
Get a guide to bird identification with Backyard Birds of North America.
Make your garden a haven for birds with Garden Secrets for Attracting Birds: A Bird-by-Bird Guide to Favored Plants or the National Wildlife Federation's Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife.