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Each time I pick up twigs and small branches off my lawn, I toss them into the backyard brush pile, which is partly hidden by a fir tree. In the Spring, birds shuffle through it, uncovering insects and worms under the moist blanket of leaves where they also discover the perfect twig for their nest.
A suet holder, heated water dish, common bird seed feeder with cracked corn added, a wooden bird feeder with perch filled with black-oil sunflower seeds, and a Goldfinch thistle feeder attract many winter birds. Today, I was surprised with a Red-breasted Nuthatch.
Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. writes about the natural world and promotes converting America's 25,000,000 lawns into wildlife-friendly spaces...one lawn at a time! Do you have a Website, WebBlog, personal story or project, photos or articles to share on this site about how you created or protected a wildlife-friendly space? Please contact us at the secure Bpath Mail Form. We'd enjoy hearing from you!