If you've lived in Michigan long enough to have been here through one winter, then you've probably noticed those big balls of leaves in the bare trees.

What are Those Big Balls of Leaves in Trees?

If you have no idea what I'm talking about or you've never noticed them, take a look next time you drive by some trees.

Since the trees have lost all their leaves from the cold weather of winter they are bare, and you can very clearly see through them, giving you a perfect glimpse of those balls of leaves I'm talking about.

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These balls of leaves are decently big, probably about the size of a soccer ball in most instances, and they just sit among the branches. Looking at them, they almost look like bird nests. However, they aren't!

But just because they aren't bird nests, doesn't mean that they aren't nests.

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Instead of bird nests, what you're likely seeing are squirrel nests or dreys.

What's the Difference Between a Bird Nest and a Squirrel Nest?

Birds tend to lean towards twigs when making their nests, as well as building them higher up the tree and further out on the branches. Whereas squirrels opt for leaves and will build their nests much closer to the trunk of the tree.

So now you know, what you're seeing is likely the home to squirrels! So make sure, when you're doing your yard spring clean up, to leave those nests undisturbed. There's a good chance that there might be some baby squirrels in there.

15 Reasons Why Spring Is Genuinely Michigan's Worst Season

What's great about Michigan is that it actually gets to experience all four seasons in the year. But just because we have all four seasons doesn't mean that we have to like them all. Case and point; Spring is the absolute worst season in Michigan. Don't get me wrong, there are definitely some redeeming factors like the fact that plant life starts to bloom again and that we finally start to see warmer weather after a frigid winter. But that doesn't change the fact that spring is the worst season in Michigan, and we have the receipts to prove it. Take a look at the list below for 15 reasons why spring is just the worst.

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