It is spring birding time in South East Minnesota. The birds are flocking to our front and back yard feeders. Some are just passing through but some of them stay all summer. Our guests at Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast enjoy watching the birds at breakfast and from our patio and back yard decks.
Orioles are abundant in our corner of Minnesota from mid-May through mid-August. The male Orioles arrive early to scout out a good nesting location. They stock up on grape jelly at our feeders after the long migration. When the babies are born, mom and dad bring them to our feeders and we get to watch them grow up.
Gold Finches are with us all winter. But their beautiful gold color shows up early May. They have been flocking to our thistle seed feeder where our cat Missy likes to watch them from her perch on the window sill (inside).
The Rose Breasted Grossbeaks are also a recent arrival. They feed on sunflower hearts on our bird feeder. One day they were so hungry they were trying to share the thistle seed with the finches on bird feeder.
When you ride or walk the Root River State trail near our home in Lanesboro, MN, you will see all these birds plus blue birds, cat birds, wrens, robins and hawks. If you keep your eyes to the sky, you may catch a glimpse of a bald eagle as well.
After time on the trail you can enjoy an evening of theatre at the Commonweal Theatre in downtown Lanesboro where you will also find restaurants from casual to very fine dining.
This blog is written by innkeeper Marv Eggert from the Hillcrest Hide-Away Bed and Breakfast in Lanesboro, Minnesota.