This White-throated Sparrow obligingly posed on the fence post behind our barn with the brambles as a backdrop. On certain areas of our property, we let the black raspberries and blackberries grow, because they're wonderful habitat for all kinds of birds, including the White-crowned Sparrows who are still migrating in numbers through our property. The tangles of the bramble stems provide cover from predators and nesting areas and the berries provide food. If you have an area on your property where you can let plants like this grow, you will attract more birds.
Photos © Lillian Stokes, 2007