Alan Murphy is, amongst other things, an exemplary bird photographer, as can be seen from the images on his website. Larry Citra and Diane Hopp mentioned at a June BLPG meeting, that Alan was at the Lac Le Jeune bird photography workshop the two of them attended recently.
In this video clip, courtesy of Outdoor Photo Gear, Alan shares how he sets up on his deck to get beautiful shots of golden finches. His techniques should be easy to modify for other birds (perhaps with the exception of Bald Eagles and other large raptors!).