My name is Judd Brink, the owner of MN Backyard Birds.  I can help make your home/business more active and attractive for our feathered friends with bird scaping!  Judd Brink is also a guide and naturalist. He will provide a weekly birding report during the spring bird migration, the summer nesting season and the fall bird migration for Visit Brainerd. It’s great to be back again for the 11th season posting the weekly birding reports for the beautiful Brainerd lakes area.
I hope you will enjoy and follow the weekly birding reports from  If you want to share a photo or have a unique bird sighting, please email them to
MN Backyard Birds will also share some bird scaping tips on how you can attract and enjoy more birds at home!  Thank you.
Time to think spring! Here is what you can do to help attract them.  A few quick ideas: this is still a good time to think about native plantings that can provide fruits, cover, nesting and shelter! It’s still bear season in the area with numerous reports of them coming to feeders. It’s best to keep your seed inside (garage or shed). Please bring in feeders each evening or possibly leave them empty for a while until the bear leaves the area. You might also start to notice less activity at the feeders, this is common as the birds are now using their natural food sources.  
Today’s birding report comes from the Brainerd lakes area: Bald Eagle, Osprey, Broad-winged Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, American Kestrel, Barred Owl, Cooper’s Hawk, Common Raven, Sandhill Crane, Great-blue Heron, Trumpeter Swan, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Woodduck, Blue-winged Teal, Ring-neck Duck, Belted Kingfisher, Common Loon, Killdeer, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Common Nighthawk, Whip-poor-Will, Baltimore Oriole, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Gray Catbird, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Purple Martin, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Red-eyed Vireo, Eastern wood-Pewee, Ruffed Grouse, American Woodcock, House Wren, Wild Turkey, Golden-winged Warbler, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black and White Warbler and Ovebird. Happy Birding! 
Check out this link below to see how many birds are migrating over Crow-wing County, in the search box enter any county in the state to see the numbers of birds.  
Spring  Birding Locations:
French Rapids- (Mississippi River) waterfowl 
Kiwanis/Rotary Park (Mississippi River) waterfowl and warblers 
Northland Arboretum- Sparrows, warblers, tanagers
Crow-wing State Park – Walking/biking trails, songbirds/waterfowl/warblers
Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge – NOW see migrating Sandhill Cranes!
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!
 I 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 lakes.

Happy Birding!


Attract and enjoy more birds with Bird scaping!
Judd Brink – Owner/Guide
Cell (218) 838-4784
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