I feed mostly black sunflower seeds in my yard feeders and throw out some chicken scratch for the ground-feeding birds. But in springtime we have to change the menu a bit to attract spring migrants. My hummingbird feeder is hung off the patio near some Red Columbine that is just beginning to bloom and adjacent to three big Coral Honeysuckle bushes that are a favorite of hummingbirds. I haven’t spied a hummer yet, but Kurt Meisenzahl of Lawton reports a Black-chinned Hummingbird at a feeder this week, so there are a few around. The earlier you hang your feeder, the more likely you are to attract a mating pair to your property.
I keep the scratch and black sunflower around in spring, but hang a feeder with white millet to attract Indigo and Painted Buntings. It seems to be their favorite food. I used to feed a finch mix, but noticed that these two species always plucked out the white millet, so I try to provide what they want. I don’t get many of these birds, seem to just get a few northward bound migrants in April and May. I’ve seen a breeding pair the past couple of year on the upper end of one of our ponds, though.