Brainerd Lakes Birding Report: Second Week in April 2017

Eastern Bluebird, Fox Sparrow and Northern Flicker to name a few. Plus locations to check for waterfowl.

The Brainerd Lakes area offers excellent Minnesota Bird Watching opportunities in several scenic locations throughout Brainerd and Baxter. Visit Brainerd provides information on Birding areas and weekly Birding reports in cooperation with Judd Brink, local bird guide and owner of MN Bird Guide. Want to ensure your bird watching tour is successful? Take a tour with the MN Bird Guide.

Bird sightings for the area include: Common Loon, Mallard, Common Goldeneye, Buffle Head, Redhead, Belted Kingfisher, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser, Woodduck, Blue-winged Teal, Goose, Great-blue Heron, Tundra Swan, Trumpeter Swan, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Northern Harrier, Eastern Bluebird, Tree Swallow, Eastern Meadowlark, American Woodcock, Yellow Legs, Fox Sparrow, Junco, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden Crowned Kinglet, Northern Flicker, Phoebe, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Pine Siskin, Ring-neck Duck, Lesser Scaup, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Brown-headed Cowbird, Osprey, Ruffed Grouse and Coopers Hawk. 

Had a report of a late Snowy Owl near the town of Aitkin!

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. Happy Birding!

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.

The reports and photos are provided by local guide Judd Brink.

Fox Sparrow

Northern Flicker

Brainerd in Pictures