Birding Report: August 25, 2017

Red Crossbill Siting, Warlbler Waves and More

The Brainerd, MN, area offers excellent Minnesota BirdWatching opportunities in several scenic locations. Visit Brainerd provides information on birding areas and weekly birding reports. Want to ensure the bird watching tour is successful? Take a bird watching tour with our partners at

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, Chimney Swifts, Eastern Bluebird, Yellow Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Gray Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Indigo Bunting, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Oriole, Pileated Woodpecker, House Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, Red eyed Vireo, Eastern Kingbird, Vesper Sparrow, Chipping 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, Red headed Woodpecker, Common Raven, Eastern Towhee and Song Sparrow.

A very rare report of a Barred Owl that "attacked" a small child from the Bemidji area has made the news recently; most likely the owl was protecting its young. Also a Facebook posting shows a Belted Kingfisher with a swallow in its mouth for the most part they eat mostly small fish (minnows).

Shorebirds continue moving through the area again this week with the following: Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Yellow Legs, Stilt Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Plover and Red-necked Phalarope.

One uncommon bird that is being reported now is Red Crossbill. This is a bird that specializes in consuming mass amounts of seeds from pine cones. In years where there is an abundance of cones these birds can nest any time during the season even during the winter season when temps are below freezing.

A warbler wave during the spring or fall bird migration refers to a group of birds maybe 10-15 species but only a handful of each species moving through the trees. This week such a wave had Golden-winged Warblers, Red-eyed Vireos, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Orange-Crowned Warbler.

Join a few folks from the Brainerd Audubon as we participate in the annual Chimney Swift Sit at the Laestian Church in Brainerd August 27 starting at 8pm!

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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