When the first robins arrive my lawn looks invaded by zillions of worm hunters. When I mow masses of swallows swarm all about my tractor. The only bird feeding I do is a few slices of bread for the pair of Canada geese that come to my deck three times a day, and very occasionally wild turkeys come by for a snack... they like dry cat food. There is no need for bird feeders in rural areas. Even in winter birds find plenty of food, and even at temps below zero water still flows in culverts under roadways where deer hoofs break up surface ice where they exit from below ground and there are lots of openings around beaver dams... plus there is always food and water at all the many livestock farms. And the squirrels aren't existing on my few peanuts alone... just yesterday I walked into my Norway spruce windbreak to check the gauge on my 500 gallon propane tank that's hidden in there and there hidden from view are *mountains* of cones and seed husks...squirrels are very neat, they pile their debris very uniformly, cones to the left, husks to the right.