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: Bluebird, Common Merganser and young Bald Eagle

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, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Trumpeter Swan, Common Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Mallard, Goose, Sandhill Crane, Ring-billed Gull, Woodduck, Great-blue Heron, Common Loon, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Redstart, Solitary Vireo, Orange-crown Warbler, Oriole, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Bluebird, Northern Flicker, Phoebe, Robin, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pileated Woodpecker, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, House Finch, Goldfinch, Brown Thrasher, Morning Dove and Northern Cardinal. Happy Birding!

Hawk Ridge Update:
The best day from the past week was today September 19, 2019 with 1,448 birds thus far. A few of the high counts from that day include:

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk: 546
  • Broad-winged Hawk: 821

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.

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.