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My Michigan Yard
My yard is designed specifically to attract birds. That's where I do alot of photographing. By offering evergreens, deciduous trees, fruiting trees and shrubs, grasses, wildflowers, perennials, and annuals I am able to attract a huge diversity of species in all seasons. There is movement, color and interest in my yard all year long. Not only do I get alot of birds, but small animals, toads, snakes, deer and insects are also welcome. My yard is registered with the National Wildlife Federation as Backyard Wildlife Habitat! Please visit me and check out my photos on Etsy!
Here is just a little more about my yard and how I attract different species all year long!
In winter, I enjoy watching juncos, sparrows, (like this Tree Sparrow) finches, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, woodpeckers and cardinals feast on the seeds and suet I offer at the feeders. But the greatest satisfaction comes from seeing them as they sway in the wind at the top of a dead grass or flower stalk eating the nourishing seeds and berries provided from my landscaping efforts.
In summer, some of my visitors come all the way from the tropical rainforests of Central and South Ameirca. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers, Indigo Buntings, Gray Catbirds, House Wrens, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and others make frequent visits to my yard for birdseed, suet, fruit, jelly, nectar and sugar water. Most rewarding is when they decide to build their nest and raise their babies right in my yard in the birdhouses I offer, or in the trees and shrubs I planted for them.
During spring and fall, I get lots of birds that need rest, shelter, fresh water for drinking and bathing, and food as they prepare to continue their long journey. Warblers, vireos, thrushes, sparrows, kinglets, flycatchers and others have used my Michigan yard as a rest area during migration. 
In Autumn, after the blazing colors put on their show and the leaves fall from the trees, I don't rake them up and throw them away. I mow them and leave them on the lawn. As they decompose underneath the snow all winter, they add nutrients and organic matter back to the soil. I have never needed to use fertilizer because nature does the work for me. This isn't laziness; It's intentional. As an added benefit, I get migrant sparrows, towhees, thrushes and thrashers searching the leaf litter for hidden insects.