Hi CD, we didn't have all the bushes cut down, only one, and this morning I replaced it with a nice big potted plant. The other bushes are still there but cut back and considerably smaller. The birds haven't left us..they are still feeding on places where I put small piles of seed on my deck so that I can watch them out the window. I have a couple feeder plates on our deck table as well. There is a roof over my deck so the rain won't wash things away although we haven't had enough here lately to water things let alone wash seeds away. And there is still the big feeder and bird bath in our back yard as well as a feeding area on the side of the house. I can see them from four and sometimes five windows. It's just that the nice bush in front of the kitchen window is considerable cut back but it was way overgrown. It will grow back and look much better. blessings..