May is the peak month for the spring migration in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

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:  Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Raven, Common Loon, Woodduck, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Horned Grebe, Lesser Scaup, Ring-neck Duck, Mallard, Goose, Purple Finch, Pied Billed Grebe,  Pileated Woodpecker, Bluebird, Sandhill Crane, Junco, American Tree Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Cardinal, House Finch, Goldfinch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Trumpeter Swan,  Wild Turkey, Song Sparrow, Robin, Eastern Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Broad-winged Hawk, Northern Flicker, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Warbler, Osprey, Chipping Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Peregrine Falcon, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, Greater Yellow Legs, Red-breasted Merganser, Purple Martin, Rough-legged Hawk, Coopers Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk and Red-winged Blackbird.

Here is a link to “LIVE” Loon camera in central Minnesota.

Reports of birds nesting already in the area include Bluebird, Goose, Coopers Hawk, Bald Eagle and Common Loons.

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.

Pictured: Bonapartes Gull, Eagles Nest and White-throated Sparrow