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In my youth, I wanted to be a landscape architect, so the Inn at Green River’s gardens are a source of great delight to this innkeeper. My bed and breakfast is beautifully situated on an acre of lawn and gardens, next to a 20 acre meadow that is bordered by the Green River and Cranse Creek. We are “green” here at the Inn, so no poisons or insecticides are used in the gardens. Hence we have lots of beneficial insects, including all the “good” ones, like honey bees and other native pollinators, lady bugs, beautiful moths and butterflies. The insects in turn, attract a wide variety of birds which feed on those insects, as well as the berries and flowers on the many native shrubs and plants in the gardens. And, of course, the birds in this region are naturally drawn to these native species, so our garden is a real haven for birds.

native plants in the gardens attract many bird species

In the space of 10 minutes one spring morning, I saw an indigo bunting, a bright red Cardinal, a gorgeous Blue Jay, and heard a Baltimore Oriole in the big silver maple next to the Inn.

one of many species of birds found in the Inn's gardens

Rose Breasted Grosbeak Photo Courtesy Antony Gravett

Then, as I was feeding the fish in the small pool in the back garden, a Redstart landed in the lilacs, just 4 feet from me, and flitted from branch to branch for a few minutes. At the same time a Ruby Throated Hummingbird arrived to drink the nectar from the Siberian Iris growing in the pool. It was an ahhh… moment.

native plants attract birds to the Inn's gardens

The Inn’s Fish Pool – Photo by Jumping Rocks

A visit to the Inn at Green River will delight garden lovers and bird lovers alike, particularly in the spring, when the birds are singing very loudly, both to attract a mate, and defend their territory. I just read an interesting British blog post explaining in more detail the reasons for the sudden uptick in both decibel level and numbers of bird calls in the spring.

The Inn is located in the upper Hudson River Valley, in Columbia County. This county has several bird sanctuaries and numerous parks which might interest serious birders, for example, the Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Sanctuary and Center in Craryville, the town adjacent to Hillsdale. Also the Roeliff Jansen Park right here in Hillsdale. Columbia Country Tourism has a listing of the many conservation areas, parks and sanctuaries in the area.

So do plan a visit to my Hillsdale, New York bed and breakfast soon, preferably this spring if you want to be awakened by wonderful bird songs. I look forward to seeing you.

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