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

Pictured (left to right): Trumpeter Swan and Mallard Family

Birds observed this past week in the Brainerd Lakes area include: Hooded Merganser, Great Egret, Great-blue Heron, Goose, Mallard, Trumpeter Swan, Woodduck, White Pelican, Ring-neck Duck, Trumpeter Swan, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Broad-wing Hawk, Clay-colored Sparrow, Bobolink, Eastern Kingbird, Song Sparrow, Eastern Towhee, Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Common Loon, Osprey, Forester Tern, Oriole, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Cliff Swallow, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Pileated Woodpecker, Whip-poor Will, Nighthawk, Goldfinch, House Finch, Ovenbird, Golden-winged Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Veery, Northern Parula Warbler, Winter Wren, Wood Pewee, Black and White Warbler, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Cedar Waxwing, House Wren, Nashville Warbler, Great-crested Flycatcher and Killdeer. Happy Birding!

Rare Bird Alert: On June 18th a Loggerhead Shrike was reported off the St.Mathias road in Crow Wing Co. Only a handful of records for this species in our area. The other more common bird is the Northern Shrike.

Loon update: The Loon family has successfully hatched two chicks from the nesting platform. I hope you got to witness these events. 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.