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A bluebird checks out Karen Beatty's yard in Hunt Club Forest, Virginia Beach

As soon as the bluebirds start their fluttering up and down in front of the picture windows in the sunroom of our Bed and Breakfast, we hurry out to serve them their ” live” breakfast of  mealworms. You can almost hear them chirp back “thank you”. The feeder is about 10 feet from their nesting box and we installed a video cam to watch them.

We have so many understory trees native to our woodlands, including wild plum, sassafras, oak , sycamore and hickory. We have planted the bluebird’s favorite tree, the redbud, with those tasty berries. We look forward to the sometimes 3 broods of bluebirds in our boxes.  The songbirds perform their daily operas from dawn till dusk, loudly proclaiming their treetop territories. Many winged sopranos-meadowlark ,warbler, wren, robin, thrush, swallow, purple martin, oriole, and red-winged blackbird can be heard through our microphones in the sunroom.

We have 5 eggs in the front box and 4 in the box in the back meadow. The non-migratory birds blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, and goldfinches who toughed it out through the frozen months are now singing with joy for spring is in the air. Be sure to bring your binoculars and birding books, along with your camera. There are many great photo opts. See you soon! Make your reservation today.    For reservations call 877-766-4273 or book on-line at www.songbirdprairie.com

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See the Quilt Gardens and stay at Songbird Prairie.  Make your reservation now for your guest room and plan your trip to visit the quilt gardens. 18 super-sized quilt inspired gardens from May 30 to Oct 1. Songbird Prairie is just a short 45 minute day trip away to Amish country. Take along a picnic lunch to enjoy as you stroll the gardens. The quilt gardens tour is a free, self-guided tour that takes visitors to 16 locations throughout Elkhart County. Gardens range in size from about 80′ by 80′ and can include more than 80,000 blooms. Along the way you will find 16 large-format murals painted in patch-work quilt designs on the sides of buildings. Get more information on the Quilt Gardens Tour, including directions and maps at quiltgardenstour.com When you return back to the Inn, you may relax in a whirlpool with chromotherapy after your day visiting the quilt gardens. This northern Indiana getaway will charm you with their gardens and native prairie also.

Bring your glass of lemonade and relax while watching and hearing many species of birds and small animals. We provide the binoculars and guide-book. You can just sit back, relax and watch the sun set. http://www.songbirdprairie.com 877-766-4273

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See the Quilt Gardens and stay at Songbird Prairie.  Make your reservation now for your guest room and plan your trip to visit the quilt gardens. 18 super-sized quilt inspired gardens from May 30 to Oct 1. Songbird Prairie is just a short 45 minute day trip away to Amish country. Take along a picnic lunch to enjoy as you stroll the gardens. The quilt gardens tour is a free, self-guided tour that takes visitors to 16 locations throughout Elkhart County. Gardens range in size from about 80′ by 80′ and can include more than 80,000 blooms. Along the way you will find 16 large-format murals painted in patch-work quilt designs on the sides of buildings. Get more information on the Quilt Gardens Tour, including directions and maps at quiltgardenstour.com When you return back to the Inn, you may relax in a whirlpool with chromotherapy after your day visiting the quilt gardens. This northern Indiana getaway will charm you with their gardens and native prairie also.

Bring your glass of lemonade and relax while watching and hearing many species of birds and small animals. We provide the binoculars and guide-book. You can just sit back, relax and watch the sun set. http://www.songbirdprairie.com 877-766-4273

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Songbird Prairie is part of the Art and Earth Trail. This Trail will promote the many unique artisan and ag-tourism experiences throughout the region.  The Trail will be a significant economic development initiative that will increase visitation and visitor spending in Northern Indiana. There are over 150 artists, agriculturalists, quaint lodging and specialty shops (that’s us!) to the 2010 Art and Earth Trail. The trail will map the trail across Northern Indiana and promote it throughout the Midwest!

 www.songbirdprairie.com 877/766/4273  877/song/brd 219-759-4274

A map/online guidebook that describes a drivable tour of artistic and agricultural venues where guests can experience the art, culture and food of the region in its native environment. Some of these tour stops may include a potter’s studio where guests can watch/interact with the potter at work, or a dairy farm where guests can experience not only the cows in the field but the end food products as well. Each of these stops is connected with driving directions and auxiliary stops that help guests understand and experience the Northern Indiana regional culture. Some of these additional stops might include an historic inn, a restaurant featuring locally grown products or a museum of local history. The trail is meant to be experienced one family at a time or a few visitors traveling via their own personal vehicle to ‘off-the-beaten-path’ places such as studios, galleries, in-home studios, farms, inns, etc. Here at Songbird Prairie, we serve fruit and produce gathered from our own property and vegetable/herb gardens. Which are artfully presented during our 3 course hot breakfast, which overlooks the gardens and woods. Hear the operas of songbirds through our microphones!

 

 

   

 

 

 

   

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