Brainerd Lakes Birding Report: First Week in May 2017

Pine Warbler, Sora Rail and Swamp Sparrow

The Brainerd Lakes 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, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk,Barred Owl, Coopers Hawk, Turkey Vulture, American Kestrel, Sandhill Crane, Trumpeter Swan, Mallard, Woodduck, Ring-neck Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser, Belted Kingfisher, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Great-blue Heron, Tree Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Northern Flicker, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Loon, Common Grackle, Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Common Raven, Brown Thrasher and Song Sparrow. Thanks for following the reports watch for next weeks bird report and my guiding adventures.

New birds arriving this past week include:  Purple Martin, Clay-colored Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, White Pelican, Willets, Horned Grebe, Pine Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, and Goose with goslings (Kiwanis Park).

This week's bird brain trivia question is: " What is the name of the native flower that our hummingbirds follow as it blooms? Please post your guess on Facebook and I will have the answer next week.

A few locations to check for waterfowl (ducks, geese and swans) and other spring migrants 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 who is the 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. 

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