Brainerd Lakes Birding Report: Fourth Week in April 2017

Eastern Towhee, Hermit Thrush and White Throated Sparrow

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The cool weather along with some rain/snow slowed the spring migration some. Bird sightings for the area include: Bald Eagle, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, 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, 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.

New birds arriving this past week include:  Eastern Towhee, Orange-crown Warbler, Palm Warbler, Hermit Thrush, Veery and Nashville Warbler.

This week's bird brain trivia question is: "What is the technical name for the red patch found on the shoulder of the Red winged Blackbird"?  Post you guess's on the Facebook page and I will provide the answer next week. Good luck. The answer to last week's question is "epaulet"— in older and more dominant males the this patch becomes darker.  

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 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.

Hermit Thrush White Throated Sparrow

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