Birding

Saw Whet Owl

Saw Whet Owl

Common Loon

Common Loon

Scarlet Tanager

Scarlet Tanager

Bird watching opportunities are abundant at Itasca State Park, Tamarac Wildlife Refuge, Two Inlets State Forest and on Two Inlets Lake, all located close to Park Rapids. The spring and fall bird migration can bring a wide variety of birds to northern Minnesota, which add to our year around birds.

Two Inlets Resort is your getaway to birding Itasca State Park located in Park Rapids and Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge near Detroit Lakes.  You can also bird Minnesota’s first International Pine to Prairie Birding Trail that offers 275 species.  Starting from the resort, Two Inlets State Forest is a good place to look for spring and fall migrants.  The merging Pine Forest with the western prairies gives this area a rich diversity of bird species and habitat.   This area provides some of the best birding in the state throughout the year with many locations regarded as Important Bird Areas!

Two Inlets Lake is home to several Common Loon nests that successfully produce young each spring. All can quietly be viewed from a canoe from the lake. This is an exceptional opportunity, especially for birders from out of state.

"Most of Minnesota's songbirds that migrate here to breed or continue their journey northward are called neotropical migrants. This large group of birds winter in Central and South America and breed in North America. The first Minnesota migrant to arrive is the horned lark, which arrives in southern Minnesota late winter. The spring migration lasts much longer than the fall migration, usually starting in March and continuing through early August. The fall migrations start as early as August and ends in November. The spring migrations starts with geese, swans and ducks followed by raptors such as hawks, eagles and falcons. The peak migration for the songbirds and other neotropical species is the month of May."  ~~ Judd Brink, Owner/Guide, MN Bird Guide

This is a wonderful opportunity to witness the migration and to learn more about birds.

Year around birds include:

  • Bald Eagle
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Osprey
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Mallard Duck
  • Purple Finch
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Goldfinch
  • Northern Flicker
  • Trumpeter Swans and Others

Spring/Summer birds include:

  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Common Grackle
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Pine Warbler
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • American Robin
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Mourning Dove and Others

Migratory birds include:

  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Wide Variety of Ducks
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • White-striped White-throated Sparrow
  • Summer Tanager
  • White Pelicans
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Common Merganser and others