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: Belted Kingfisher, Green Heron, Great-blue Heron, American Bittern, Sandhill Crane, Common Loon,Trumpeter Swan, Woodduck, Ring-neck Duck, Mallard, Canada Goose, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-headed Woodpecker, Common Snipe, Whip-poor-Will, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern KIngbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, House Wren, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pine Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Redstart, Golden-winged Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Eastern Bluebird, WIld Turkey, Ruffed Grouse, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern Phoebe, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk and Turkey Vulture. Happy Birding! If you want to share a photo or have a unique bird sighting please email them to Judd Brink.

Be BEAR Aware! Starting to see and hear about bears visiting feeders and causing some minor damage.  Try to bring feeders inside, stop feeding suet, and bring any bird seed kept outside into a garage.

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 – NOW see migrating 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.