Not mid west but southern Nevada. They spent the winter in my yard. Lots of them. Several different types. Big and tiny. Some stay all year but there are less now. Headed back to you. The feeder is on my deck. If the door is open they come in and watch TV with me. He likes Animal Planet. They have no fear. Very first time I put out a feeder I thought it would take a few days for them to find it. Nope! Before I could finish hanging it he was already 2' from my face wanting a drink. They will line up like at the gas station and fight if one gets too pushy. I kept them fat all winter. They are headed your way now. I found how to make the food at the Smithsonian Zoo page. 4 cups water,1 cup white table sugar. Boil, cool, then keep in the fridge. They say no need for the red stuff.