One of the most exciting things about feeding wild birds is that you have the opportunity to bring the sites and sounds of nature right up close to your backyard. To do that and to get started, the best thing to do is go to the store and buy a good feed and feeder combination and bring it home and place it near your house, either on a patio or on a deck, on a shepherd's hook or a pole, it really doesn't matter, and start by sprinkling food on the ground around the feeder.
And as birds come in and fly overhead and see the food on the ground, they'll come in to check it out. In that process, they will find your feeder and start coming in to start eating there. As those birds start eating there, other birds that start flying over or are in your area will start eating there as well.
And before you know it, you will have a flock of birds coming to your backyard, and you will have the sites and sounds of these birds right in your own backyard environment.