I like it -- Early in the spring, the grackles, robins, and sparrows took some of the straw. Later on in the spring, the grackles and robins were back, but instead of taking the straw, they were flicking them around, using their beaks like a shovel, then they reached in deep and flew off with their prize -- worm or slug -- for their babies, and the sparrows were sorting out the seeds -- even the straw is never quite seed-free.
We've plugged the vents with bird-proof vent covers so starlings won't nest there, and the grackles are nesting in the neighbor's Callery pear tree and the robins are nesting in another neighbor's white pine tree. Cardinals are nesting nearby too and fly in to pick off bugs among the vegetables. Sparrows are nesting in yet another neighbor's juniper bushes -- saw one fly off with a winged insect in it's beaks, the wrens nesting in one of OUR birdhouses are busy inspecting under the patio furniture and along the fence -- hopefully for moth pupae, though they like spiders too, and the chickadees and titmice are snatching aphids off the plum leaves.