Birding Report: August 11, 2017

Green Heron, Bluebird Young and More

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Bird sightings for the area include: Bald Eagle, Osprey, Coopers Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Trumpeter Swan, Mallard, Woodduck, Ring-neck Duck, Hooded Merganser, Killdeer, Great-blue Heron, Green Heron, Cliff Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, American Redstart, Black and White Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Gray Catbird, Indigo Bunting, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Oriole, Pileated Woodpecker, House Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, Red eyed Vireo, Eastern Kingbird, Vesper Sparrow, Rose breasted Grosbeak, Common Loon (North Long Lake, White Sand Lake, Baxter Lake),Common Nighthawk, Common Grackle, Whip-poor Will, Morning Dove, Northern Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Cedar Waxwing, Scarlet Tanager, Nashville Warbler, Cardinal,  Clay-colored Sparrow, Common Raven, Brown Thrasher, Eastern Towhee, and Song Sparrow.

The first group of birds to migrate as early as August are the shorebirds. The Brainerd area doesn't provide much for great shorebird habitat even with all the lakes what they need is exposed mudflats. Over the past weekend I was out on a birding adventure with some folks from Illinois we went on a tour around Gull Lake and found 30 species of birds. Some of the highlights included several loon families which they really enjoyed seeing plus seeing Black Terns and a family of Belted Kingfishers hunting together.

A few locations to check for birds in the lakes area include the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd, St. Mathias Road on old business Hwy 371 south of Brainerd and Kiwanis Park along the Mississippi River also in Brainerd.

The weekly birding report for the Brainerd Lakes area is provided in partnership with Visit Brainerd and local guide Judd Brink owner and birding guide of

Go birding today and use our new birding kits that are now available for your birding convenience during your stay in the Brainerd Lakes area.  Please see the birding kit link on for more information about birding with Judd Brink.

Thanks for visiting to view the weekly bird reports from around the area. The reports and photos are provided by local guide Judd Brink. Thanks for following the reports watch for next weeks bird report and my guiding adventures.

Happy Birding!

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