Merlin, Towhee and Oriole found in Brainerd Area This Week

The weekly birding report for the Brainerd Lakes area is provided in partnership with Visit Brainerd and local guide and naturalist Judd Brink.

Thanks to everyone who follows the weekly birding reports for the Brainerd lakes area and my birding adventures.  May is the peak month for the spring migration in the area!

Birds observed this past week in the Brainerd Lakes area include: Rose-breasted Grosebeak, Oriole, White-crowned Sparrow, Palm Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Woodduck, Blue-winged  Teal, Merlin, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Fox Sparrow, White-throated sparrow, Purple Finch, Goldfinch, Blue Bird, White Pelican, Raven, Tree Swallow, Eastern Towhee, Broad-wing Hawk, Red-winged Blackbird, Caspian Tern, Great-blue Heron, Brown Thrasher, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Pileated Woodpecker and Turkey Vulture. Thanks for following the reports and watch for next  week’s reports and my guiding adventures. Happy Birding!

Bear Warning: Bears are now being reported visiting bird feeders in the area.  Please keep your bird seed indoors and remove feeders each evening if possible.

Bird Camera Links:

Bird Walks at the Northland Arboretum:

Come birding with the Brainerd Lakes Area Audobon Society. Open to young and old, expert and beginner. All hikes will be led by an experienced birder. Extra binoculars and field guides will be available. The hikes are free however trail use fees apply to non-members of the Northland Arboretum. The hikes last about an hour.

Dates include:

  • Thursdays: May 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 7:00 a.m.
  • Saturdays: May 4, 11 and 25 at 8:00 a.m.

Please report any unusual birds to Judd Brink by phone/text at (218) 838-4784 or email  Please include a photo and or a brief description in the email if possible.

Go birding today and use our new birding kits that are now available for your birding convenience during your stay in the Brainerd Lakes area.  Please see the birding kit link on for more information about birding with Judd Brink.