I was at Ace about a month ago with my big boy (5 years old), and he declared that I need a bird feeder. Can't argue with that. We got a long plastic tube design (cheap) and I giant back of seed that claimed to attract all types of desirable birds.
My son wanted to hang it on a tree, but I wanted to be able to see it from the house, so we duct taped it on top of a fence post (so classy). Sadly, we waited over a week for a bird to find it but nothing came. I had a theory that it was just too exposed for them to feel comfortable, so I bought a hanging plant stand and hung it from that in the middle of my butterfly garden. SUCCESS!!
Here is my buddy, who I have named Cardinal Ratzinger. He visits me daily and calls out so I can come on the lanai and say "hello". All of these photos are taken through the lanai screen, so some are fuzzier than others.
I've also had red-winged blackbirds (no good photos of them) and I am quite sure I saw an oriole, but no photo evidence of that either. There's also this gray guy. Some type of finch? Too small to be a sparrow, I think.