Common Goldeneye’s

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 11th season Judd has provided birding reports about the Brainerd Lakes Area.

Birds Spotted in the Brainerd Area:

Today’s birding report comes from the Brainerd lakes area: Brown Thrasher, American Tree Sparrow, Snow Bunting, American Robin, Common Raven, Bald Eagle, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Trumpeter Swan, Eastern Bluebird, Dark-eyed Junco, Northern Cardinal, Mallard, Canada Goose, Common Goldeneye, Common Loon, American Coot, Common Merganser, Red-breasted Merganser, Ring-billed Gull, Lapland Longspur, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Wild Turkey, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-tailed Hawk, Cedar Waxwing, American Kestrel, Fox Sparrow, Morning Dove and Song Sparrow. Happy Birding! If you want to share a photo or have a unique bird sighting please email them to This is the last birding report of the season! Thanks to everyone who has followed the spring arrivals, the nesting season and the fall bird migration! See you back next spring!

Fall Bird Migration:

Here are a few fun links to follow especially during the fall migration season of September through October.

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.