The magic combination of food and water brings in the birds in a New Mexico backyard. This shallow water feature is fed by a slow drip from above.
There are always the usual suspects (titmice, juncos, chickadees, etc), but occasionally we were surprised by the unexpected. Robins and Bluebirds, being primarily insectivorous, aren’t tempted by seeds. But a fresh water source in the desert can work wonders. Also, much of the time Pinyon Jays shun human feeders, but a dearth of pinyon nuts one year made our backyard a welcome hangout.