This was our first time visit to Nerstrand Woods State Park. We went specifically for bird watching. But the spring flowers are incredible. Lovely spreads of trout lilies, Jack-in-a pulpit, trillium, blood-root, and dutchman's breeches. The spring blooms distracted us from the bird watching! We saw wild turkeys on our drive into the park, and a hummingbird at the bushes at the check-in building. The campground host has many bird feeders that attact a variety of birds including orioles. A road goes thru the park, with most folks staying on the side that has the campground, and hiking trails to the small but nice waterfall. We hiked across the road on the park trails and saw very few people. Our special moment was when we spotted two scarlet tanangers. We showed our digital photos to the ranger at the check-in building and were told that another special bird to watch for is the red headed woodpecker. We didn't spot any of the red headed variety, but we did see a pileated woodpecker. We look forward to returning to this wonderful gem of a park.
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