Minnesota Birding and Wildlife

 Plan your Minnesota birding vacation in our Northern Minnesota wilderness. Situated in the transition zone between the northern temperate forest and the boreal forest, our Superior National Forest location hosts the greatest diversity of breeding birds of any national forest.

In addition, Lake Vermilion is home to 25 pairs of breeding osprey and more than a dozen pairs of breeding bald eagles, the largest concentration in the forest. Also, the Sportsmen's Club on the lake counted 256 loons in a recent survey. Bob Jansen, author of "Birds of Minnesota" and Jim Williams, editor of "Minnesota Birding" identified 92 species of birds in one brief spring visit before many of the summer species had even arrived!

Here's a list of all birds sighted at Pehrson Lodge or on local field trips. Our national forest location is also home to many of North America's most exciting mammal species. Search for wolves, deer, moose, bear, otter, beaver, mink, fisher and otherwildlife.

  • Common Loon
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • American Bitters
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Green Heron
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Snow Goose
  • Ross's Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Wood Duck
  • Gadwall
  • American Widgeon
  • American Black Duck
  • Mallard
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Canvasback
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Greater Scaup
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Surf Scoter
  • Black Scoter
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Common Merganser
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Spruce Grouse
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • American Coot
  • American Golden-plover
  • Killdeer
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Common Snipe
  • American Woodcock
  • Bonaparte’s Gull
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Caspian Tern
  • Rock Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Great Gray Owl
  • Boreal Owl
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Chimney Swift
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Downy-Woodpecker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Least flycatcher
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Gray Jay
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Tree Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Bank Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • Brown Creeper
  • House Wren
  • Winter Wren
  • Sedge Wren
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Veery
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • Hermit Thrush
  • American Robin
  • Gray Catbird
  • Brown Thrasher
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • American Redstart
  • Ovenbird
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Connecticut Warbler
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Scarlet Tananger
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • LeConte’s Sparrow
  • Song Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Bobolink
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Common Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Purple Finch
  • Red Crossbill
  • White-winged Crossbill
  • Common Redpole
  • Pine Siskin
  • American Goldfinch
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • House Sparrow