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: Today’s birding report comes from the Brainerd lakes area/Northshore: Ross’s Goose, Canada Goose, Sandhill Crane, Red-breasted Merganser, Mallard, Red-necked Grebe, Horned Grebe, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Pileated Woodpecker, Trumpeter Swan, Common Loon, Harris Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, White-throated Sparrow, House Finch, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Cedar Waxwing, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Northern Harrier, Turkey Vulture, American Robin, Ruffed Grouse, Veery, Hermit Thrush, Eastern Bluebird, American Kestrel, Red-winged Blackbird, Wild Turkey, American Tree Sparrow, American Pipit, and Common Raven. Happy Birding! If you want to share a photo or have a unique bird sighting please email them to info@birdminnesota.com.

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.