The weekly birding report for the Brainerd Lakes area is provided in partnership with Visit Brainerd and local guide and naturalist Judd Brink.

Birds observed this past week in the Brainerd Lakes area include: Great-blue Heron, Woodduck, Mallard, Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Hooded Merganser, Raven, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Common Loon, Oriole, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, House Finch, Red-headed Woodpecker, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Great-crested Flycatcher, Whip-poor-Will, Common Nighthawk, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Clay-colored Sparrow, Killdeer, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo, Least Flycatcher and Phoebe.

June is nesting season so it’s natural to experience less activity at your bird feeders. Try providing fresh water on hot days and place your bath in the shade. Consider using less bird seed or not filling the feeders to the top each time. This can save you a lot of time and money as most birds are finding enough of their natural foods for themselves and for their young. Oranges/jelly and mealworms can still be used to attract some of the fruit eating birds during this slow period.

Loon update: The loons are expected to hatch within the next few days; follow the link to witness them hatching! Once the chicks hatch they will leave the nest. Here is a link to “LIVE” Loon camera from central Minnesota. 

Please report any unusual birds to Judd Brink via email. Please include a photo and or a brief description in the email if possible.

Go birding today and use our birding kits which are available for your birding convenience during your stay in the Brainerd Lakes area. Find more information on the Bird Watching.