Judd Brink is a local guide and naturalist who provides a weekly birding report during the spring bird migration, the summer nesting season, and the fall bird migration for Visit Brainerd. This is the 12th season Judd has provided birding reports about the Brainerd Lakes Area in Central Minnesota.

Birds Spotted in the Brainerd Area:

Today’s birding report comes from the Brainerd lakes area: Ruffed Grouse, Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Northern Harrier, Common Loon, Common Merganser, Ring-neck Duck, Woodduck, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Blue-winged Teal, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Goldeneye, Trumpeter Swan, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Wilson’s Snipe, Yellowlegs, Mourning Dove, Wild Turkey, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird, Winter Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Belted Kingfisher, Great-blue Heron, RIng-billed Gull, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Tree Swallow, American Woodcock, Common Raven, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Junco. Happy Birding!  If you want to share a photo or have a unique bird sighting please email them to info@birdminnesota.com.

Brainerd Area Birding Locations:
  • French Rapids ( Mississippi River): Waterfowl
  • Kiwanis/Rotary Park (Mississippi River): Waterfowl and Warblers
  • Northland Arboretum: Sparrows, Warblers and Tanagers
  • Crow Wing State Park: Songbirds, Waterfowl and Warblers
  • Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge: Sandhill Cranes
Judd Brink is the owner of MN Backyard Birds and can help make your home and or business more active and attractive for our feathered friends with bird-scaping. This is a great time to think about bird-scaping your yard to help attract more colorful birds. Ask for native fruiting trees and shrubs to plant around the house or cabin to bring in more birds naturally.
We hope you can share the joy of watching birds from your home or with others when visiting one of the many great birding areas found in the Brainerd area.