Thursday, May 3, 2018

Drink your TEA sings the Towhee throughout the brushy woodlands here in Valparaiso, Indiana at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast Inn and Spa. Book your afternoon tea to hear the Towhee's invitation to tea and time with friends. #afternoontea #hightea #tearoom  songbirdprairie.com 

Formerly called the Rufous Sided Towhee this 8 1/2 inch long sparrow is boldly patterned and spends nearly all it’s time on the ground scratching among the leaf litter, looking for food. The name Towhee comes from the bird’s call, which has also been translated as chewink. Many people know this bird as the chewink instead of the Towhee. This is one of the favorites here at Songbird Prairie. Clean, flashy colors have given the towhee the nickname “Hollywood robin” In flight, the bird’s white wing and tail spots are just beautiful. Female eastern Towhees replace the male’s black plumage areas with chocolate brown. Towhees preference for thick cover and brushy habitat make them harder to see than other common species. But not here at Songbird Prairie, you will see them come right up to the feeders, a rare occurrence indeed!

The loud scratching of a foraging Towhee sounds like a large animal walking through dry leaves; this is often your first clue to a Towhee’s presence. Towhees eat just about anything found on the woodland floor, including insects, seeds, fruits, and even snails, spiders, and millipedes. They prefer to scratch the ground under feeding stations for mixed seeds, cracked corn and sunflower seeds. They nest near the ground in a well-concealed spot. The female weaves a cup-shaped nest out of rootlets, bark strips and grass. She also handles all the incubation duty, which typically lasts about 12 days. Normal clutch size is three to four eggs; young towhees fledge in about 10 days. Both Towhee parents feed the youngsters, which allows the female to start a second and sometimes third brood. This is one of my very favorite summer birds. Some and see the Towhees at our Inn. www.songbirdprairie.com #midwestlivingbestbnbs #indianadunes #breakfastwiththebirds, #Towhee, #mothersday #afternoontea #indianadunes#lakemichiganbnb #valparaisoIN, 

Friday, April 27, 2018

What's for Breakfast?
Come to enjoy #Breakfastwiththebirds
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Saturday, April 21, 2018


Songbird Spa services will lead you to a blissful state of mind. Our customized massages begin with an aroma sensory journey and include, but are not limited to Swedish, Deep Tissue and Reflexology. Our treatments will relieve your tension and stress throughout the body and promote emotional calm, removing toxins from the body, improving sleep and elevating your immune system. Thoroughly trained professionals will consult with you to match your health and energy goals with the most beneficial treatment. Couples massage $198.00 plus gratuity songbirdprairie.com 219.759.4274

Friday, April 20, 2018

 Incredible Trips In Indiana That Will Change Your Life
There’s No Attraction In The World Quite Like This One In Indiana
The Indiana Dunes and Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa
Seeing and exploring the world is a great goal – but you also want to make sure you explore all that Indiana has to offer. There are incredible trips to some of the most amazing parts of our state.
Most people have heard of the dunes, but there are still so many Hoosiers who have never been in person. The gorgeous waters and incredible beaches are so unique, you have to take advantage of this hidden gem. Plus, the dunes are gorgeous any time of year!
If you've never seen the Dunes in person, you'll be shocked to find something so unique and breathtaking in the Hoosier state. The Dunes will make you feel as if you've been transported to coastal Maine and at times, are so unearthly stunning, you'll believe you've stepped onto another planet.
The Indiana Dunes are home to over 50 miles of trails that cut through sand, grass, and rugged turf. Along these popular hiking trails, you'll find campsites, eye-catching wetlands, serene forests, stunning prairie lands, and charming rivers. You'll also encounter a wide variety of wildlife.
One thing's for certain; this ecological marvel is completely unlike any other place in the world. We're lucky to have such a rare find in our own backyards!
You can find the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore at: 1215 North Indiana State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304.For more tips on how to plan out your trip, visit their official website. www.indianadunes.com
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Nesting birds need our help—particularly those birds that nest in cavities, such as nest boxes, woodpecker holes, and other natural holes in trees. Competition among birds for limited nest sites is fierce, especially from aggressive non-native starlings and house sparrows. You can help native nesting birds by being an informed, conscientious landlord. We’ve compiled some useful tips, information, and resources to guide you as you help nesting birds in your backyard and beyond. We hope you will find this e-guide helpful.
 At Songbird Prairie Inn and Spa, we host many species of birds in our boxes. Such as swallows, bluebirds, chickadees, and wrens.

https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/help-nesting-birds-right-way.php

Monday, April 16, 2018


AFTERNOON TEA AT SONGBIRD PRAIRIE INN AND SPA


Requires 6 person minimum choose Wednesday or Thursday afternoon 
please call to inquire about another day other than what is listed
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Ovenbird is “hot” at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast
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The ovenbird is a warbler that looks like a small speckled thrush. Thus deep forest bird only thrives where forest remain in large blocks, probably because if clearings are nearby, there are more nest predators and parasitic brown-headed cowbirds. Although spotting the forest dwelling ovenbird takes patience, the bird’s TEAcher-TEAcher-TEAcher-TEAcher song is distinctive and rings through the woods in spring and summer. A good look at the ovenbirds head will help you differentiate it from larger thrushes and same-sized water thrushes. The wide, white eye ring is the first clue. The water thrushes lack this, having instead a white stripe running from above the eye to the back of the head. Several species of brown-backed thrushes have eye rings that are not as pronounced. Thrushes hop and feed at one moment still, then dashing; the oven bird walks methodically. The ovenbird has neat “stripes” or spots running down its breast, while the thrushes are more randomly speckled underneath.
While not always visible, the ovenbird’s black-bordered, orange crown patch is diagnostic field mark.
Ovenbirds nest in mature deciduous or mixed deciduous and pine forests, but they can appear in any habitat during spring and fall migration. Most winter in Mexico and Central America and on the Caribbean Islands. Forests that host nesting ovenbirds have a thick layer of dry leaf litter beneath them, providing the birds with feeding and nesting opportunities. The ovenbird quietly chugs along the leafy forest floor, walking and looking for insects, spiders, and other invertebrates, such as earthworms and snails, among the leaves littering the ground. This bird is named for its domed nest, which usually sits on the ground, and is so well camouflaged with dead leaves that you can easily walk past with out noticing it. Although leaves help conceal the nest, the female ovenbird constructs the nest structure using grassed, bark and other materials. There is a side entrance for stealthy exit and entry. Inside, the female lays four or five eggs and incubates them for up to two weeks. Both parents, feed the young. They leave the nest after about a week, but they are still fed by the adults for about two weeks afterward.
If you have a well-treed backyard with ample leaf litter, you may spot a foraging ovenbird walking your woods during migration. If you hear the ovenbird’s loud song, watch for it on a low to mid-height perch or foraging on the ground. You will hear the teacher teacher teacher of the oven bird resounding through the woods here at Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast Inn and Spa.