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:

Photo by Judd Brink: Bittern 

Today’s birding report comes from the Brainerd area: Today’s birding report comes from the Brainerd lakes area: Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Yellowlegs, Great-blue Heron, Green Heron, Sandhill Crane, American Bittern, Belted Kingfisher, Woodduck, Ring-billed Gull, Ring-neck Duck, Canada Goose, Mallard, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Blue-winged Teal, Sedge Wren, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Barred Owl, Common Nighthawk, Common Loon, Trumpeter Swan, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk, American kestrel, Northern Harrier, Common Raven, Bay-breasted Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, American Redstart, Black and White Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Barn Swallow, Savanna Sparrow, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird, Wild Turkey, Morning Dove, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Baltimore Oriole, Northern Cardinal, Eastern Bluebird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and Brown Creeper. Happy Birding!
Happy Birding! If you want to share a photo or have a unique bird sighting please email them to info@birdminnesota.com.

Please note that while you are enjoying our many lakes, young loons are learning and exploring on those same lakes, so please be careful around loon families. The fall bird migration begins in August, so keep an eye out. The fall raptor count has now officially started at Hawk Ridge in Duluth! I will also add some info here on what they are reporting this fall.


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.