Bird Report: May 11, 2018

Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Red-headed Woodpecker, Orioles and More

Welcome to the 6th season of weekly bird reports for 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 owner and birding guide of

Recent bird sightings for the Brainerd lakes area include: New Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-headed Woodpecker, Gray Catbird, Sora Rail, Virginia Rail, Green Heron, American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Green Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Whip-poor Will, American Bittern, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Solitary Sandpiper, Least Flycatcher and Swainsons Thrush. There is one Bluebird nest with three eggs along the Bluebird Trail at the Northland Arboretum.   

Recent: Bald Eagle (8), Turkey Vulture (9, Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Sandhill Crane, Canada Goose, Hooded Merganser, Great Blue Heron, Red-winged Blackbird, Junco, Song Sparrow, Common Loon, American Robin, Purple Finch, House Finch, Common Raven, Morning Dove, Pileated Woodpecker, Pine Siskin, American Goldfinch, Towhee, Clay-colored Sparrow, Coopers Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, White-crowned Sparrow,  and Great Egret.  Waterfowl can be found along most portions of the Mississippi River and now on many of the lakes. Thanks for following the reports watch for next weeks bird report and my guiding adventures. Happy Birding! 

Bear Warning! 

I am now receiving a few more reports of bears knocking down bird feeders in the area.  If your feeding suet please remove! Put less food out; only what the birds can eat in one day or take feeders in every night.

Decorah Iowa Eagle Camera

Here is the popular link to check on the Decorah Iowa Eagle camera. This year the eagles are raising three young now about 17 days old.

Common Loon

Are you curious to know where our state bird, the Common Loon, is as it migrates each spring back to Minnesota?  You can track the migration of loons by clicking here.

Please report any unusual birds to Judd Brink my phone (218) 838-4784 or email Please include a photo and or a brief description in the email if possible.   

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