But what is the best way to make sure they come to your yard?
Indigo Buntings love nyjer seeds and sunflower chips. They will often be found eating alongside finches and other birds that don't dominate the space. Today, I saw two buntings below my bird food cakes, eating the seeds from the ground.
Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks are similar to cardinals. They like a large perch and love safflower seeds. They have a thick, powerful beak which helps them to peck at cylinder feeders. Their diet consists of insects, fruits and seeds.
The Baltimore Oriole, probably my favorite of the bunch, has a sweet tooth. I have attracted them by using oranges cut in half, nectar like you would use with a hummingbird and/or a jar of grape jelly. I think the ones that have visited my yard have preferred the grape jelly... as you can see in these pics.
I'd love to see your pictures of birds from your yard. Feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll display them on Facebook or this blog!