I stopped at a camera store and bought a wireless remote control for our camera. I set it up outside and aimed it at the bird feeder. I fiddled with things a bit until I got the look that I wanted–the birds highlighted while the background is, well, in the background and then I waited for the birds to show up.
They don’t grow to be old birds by ignoring the unusual and it was about an hour before they showed up.
This was my first shot. It’s not that great. I’ll have to fiddle around some more.