In mid October of this year I discovered the Urban Bird Habitat Garden, on the other side of the sidewalk. It’s essentially all the grounds of the museum on the north, west, and south sides (the east side is the Smithsonian’s Butterfly Habitat Garden).
The bird habitat was established in July 2012 (one of twelve Smithsonian gardens). Native trees, shrubs, and perennials were especially chosen to create “an oasis” for many of the more than 300 birds species found in Washington, D.C.
Although the garden is very narrow along 12th Street and the Mall, it was full of birdsong during my visit.
You can click on ‘Continue reading’ below to scroll through larger images of the garden. (And you can see the garden in other seasons here.)