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: Common Loon, Ruffed Grouse and Trumpeter Swans

Thanks to everyone who follows the weekly birding reports for the Brainerd lakes area and my birding adventures.

Birds observed this past week in the Brainerd Lakes area include: Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Coopers Hawk, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Great-blue Heron, Raven, Canada Goose, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Common Loon, Wild Turkey, Ruffed Grouse, Trumpeter Swan, Belted Kingfisher, Woodduck, Indigo Bunting, Northern Cardinal, Rufus-sided Towhee, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Palm Warbler, American Redstart, Black and White Warbler, Red-eyed Vireo, Phoebe, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Nashville Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Sandhill Crane, Eastern Bluebird, American Robin and Cedar Waxwing. Happy Birding!

Hawk Ridge Update

The best day from the past week was on Saturday September 7, 2019 with 909 birds. A few of the high counts from that day include:

  • Bald Eagle: 169
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk: 484
  • Broad-winged Hawk: 166

This year’s Hawk Ridge festival is on September 20-22 2019. For more info on the Hawk Weekend Festival or just to follow the reports please visit their website.

A few more locations to check for fall migrants in the Brainerd lakes area inclue French Rapids which is just past the Brainerd Airport; it can be a very good place to watch migrating birds that use the Mississippi River. Another location that is also along the Mississippi River is Rotary Park which has several trails that will take you along the river.

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.