Our little acre sits in the middle of a big open field just a few miles inland from Lake Michigan. There is always a nice breeze in the summer, our sunsets are spectacular but the winter winds are fierce! When Jason bought this place he began planting windbreaks between the old maple trees. He planted a mix of pine & cedars because they grow quickly to help stop the drifting snow.
The side yard between the house & drive is the most protected area. It's a perfect spot to hang feeders. We offer two types of suet (song bird & woodpecker) and Jason fills 3 feeders with black oil sunflower seeds every day. We watch the birds from our dining room window and keep our bird identification book near by. We have a mix of finch, chickadees, doves, a cardinal pair and 5 varieties of woodpecker coming in including these awesome pileated woodpeckers.