Pictured above is my backyard feeder.It consists of a 4" x 4" x 8' post sunk 2' in the ground with a little concrete for support, a platform with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage, two sides and a roof. On the sides of my feeder I have placed two suet feeders as well. The wood came from scraps left over from a construction job at Camp David http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_David in the nearby Catoctin Mountains, so you could say that our birds are getting the presidential treatment! The wood I used is red oak and has held up very well for the past 6 years without any special care.
The tower light came from the top of a 450' guyed tower on Maryland's Eastern Shore in Salisbury,Md. Once you have a bird feeder and a birdbath,you'll be well on your way toward endless fun and learning as you progress in your knowledge and appreciation of your own backyard wonders. Good Luck!