Brainerd Lakes Birding Report: Third Week in April 2017
The color of the week? Yellow. Sightings of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Yellow-rumped Warbler.
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, Woodduck, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Blue-winged Teal, Mallard, Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Osprey, Red-tailed Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Bald Eagle, American Kestrel, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Coopers Hawk, Eastern Bluebird, Great-blue Heron, Junco, Fox Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Tree Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, American Woodcock, Great-horned Owl, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Phoebe, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Brown-headed Cowbird, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, House Finch, Pine Siskin, Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Sandhill Crane, Ruffed Grouse and Pileated Woodpecker.
New birds arriving this past week include: Chipping Sparrow, Pine Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, Red-shouldered Hawk, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Double-crested Cormorant, Horned Grebe and Sora Rail to name a few. The peak month for many of our colorful birds is May...so not too far away.
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.
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 your guess on the Facebook page. An answer will be shared next week. Good luck and happy birding!