I enjoy watching birds, but have never gone out of my way to attract them to our yard by feeding them--unless you count the Cub-Scout created bird feeder that lasted a week, or the pine cones with peanut butter and birdseed the boys would bring home from preschool every winter. This year I decided to feed the hummingbirds by using a hummingbird feeder.
When I went to the store I was overwhelmed by the variety of feeders available. I bought an inexpensive bottle feeder; if it turns out I can indeed attract hummingbirds I'll buy a better one. We have a redbud tree in the backyard which you can see from the kitchen window, so I hung the feeder from one of it's branches.
I made artificial nectar from sugar and water and put a bit in the feeder. Since there's no leaves on the tree yet, the red color on the feeder really stood out. It attracted my attention; we'll see if it attracts the birds'.