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): Goose Family, Kildeer and Red-throated Hummingbird

Birds observed this past week in the Brainerd Lakes area include: Bald Eagle, Great-blue Heron, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Goose, Woodduck, Common Loon, Coot, Tree Swallow, Purple Martin, Cliff Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Red-headed Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Killdeer, Black-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Kingbird, Great-crested Flycatcher, Leas Flycatcher, Ovenbird, Eastern Wood Pewee, Gray Catbird, Turkey, Whip-poor-Will, Common Nighthawk, Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Scarlet Tanager, Clay-colored Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Brown Thrasher, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, American Redstart, Black and White Warbler, Trumpeter Swan, Chestnut-sided Warbler and Golden-winged Warbler. Happy Birding!

June is nesting season so its 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 fill 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 the young birds. Oranges/jelly and mealworms can still be used to attract some of the fruit eating birds.

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.