I have discovered that we can bird watch using straw instead of bird seed.
I have two hanging planters with straw liners that I haven't planted anything in yet & the birds love them!
I can't tell you how many times these two come & collect straw for their nests every day.
We looked these guys up in our Local Birds of Orange County Guide & discovered they are Western Scrub-Jay.
And they're right outside of our kitchen/family room windows so we get to see them up close!
And the straw is much less of a mess than bird seed.
My kids love it & so do I.
I think I will just refill these with new straw each year. :)