Our front yard is fairly well manicured (with the exception of some disorderly Zinnia and spontaneous Sunflowers), but the backyard is for the birds – literally, for the birds. It has areas that are purposefully messy with leaf litter and a brush pile, which helps to lure Thrashers, and Wrens, and lovely Towhees, like the one below.
There is also a water feature which helps entice birds to pay a visit…like this happy flappy Robin that was thoroughly enjoying his bath.
I take most of my pictures from the deck, but every once in awhile it’s nice to go down and visit the birds who prefer to play in the dirt.
So, here’s my free (and unsolicited!) advice – if you want to lure more birds, don’t aim for the “Backyard of the Month” award; instead, embrace a little mess!