With recent windy conditions in New England, there are many downed branches, why not create a brush pile for birds. This protects birds from predators and harsh weather.
Start with larger pieces on the bottom and work your way up or use this year's Christmas tree. It makes wonderful shelter for birds from storms.
Consider leaving it all year. They also attract insects, which will provide a natural food source.
For more information on protecting backyard birds and native wildlife, contact EHS Pest Control, Norwood, Boston, MA.