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: Bald Eagle, Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Cooper’s Hawk, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, American Woodcock, Sandhill Crane, Great-blue Heron, American-White Pelican, Ring-billed Gull, Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Common Merganser, Red=breasted Merganser, Common Goldeneye, Double-crested Cormorant, Mallard, Woodduck, Common Loon, Trumpeter Swan, Hooded Merganser, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Wild Turkey, Eastern Phoebe, Common Raven, American Crow, Red-winged Blackbird, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Fox Sparrow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Mourning Dove, American Robin, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, American-Tree Sparrow, Ring-neck Duck and Killdeer.  Happy Birding! If you want to share a photo or have a unique bird sighting please email them to Judd Brink.

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.

Plan your birding trip to Brainerd/Baxter, MN, today. There are a variety of hotel accommodations, wonderful dining, and a lot of other indoor and outdoor activities to enjoy.