Migrating Birds

Types of Migrating Birds in Baudette, Minnesota

The autumn months present countless activities for your family to enjoy. Many of which are outdoor activities such as hiking Minnesota’s trails, jumping into a pile of leaves, or spending hours decorating the perfect pumpkin. Although, the enchantment of fall seems to come and go all too quickly in Baudette, Minnesota, similarly to many types of migrating birds. Locals and visitors alike stay at River Bend’s Resort & Walleye Inn to be near some of the best bird-watching spots in Minnesota. Gear up for the colder weather because the Minnesota winter birds are coming soon!

Bird Migration Dates

Fall bird migration is ramping up in Minnesota. Before venturing out with no expectations, learn about the types of migratory birds, you’re likely to see! The bird migration dates listed below discuss common trends we have seen from birds in Baudette throughout the years. 


While September often puts on a fall color display, September is also the time for the first frost of the season. Fall weather starts the migration period for nesting birds such as hungry sparrows, blackbirds, cardinals, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and finches. These birds are also referred to as primary feeding birds. If you haven’t seen hungry birds migrate before, this scene may be alarming. Feeding birds tend to swarm their food source. Other types of migrating birds seen in September are small raptors and Turkey Vultures. Large groups of raptors soar through the sky in search of warmer weather. 


On average, October is the average time for large raptors and northern goshawks to take off for warmer weather. Other birds such as Sandhills Cranes follow their lead. Sandhill Cranes are enjoyable to watch during migration. Their long, gangly legs dangle from the sky while the head to the southern states. They also make a distinctive call to their fellow cranes during flight. If you’re lucky enough to see a Sandhill Crane land to eat before migration, keep an eye peeled for their happy dance. It’s an unforgettable sight. October is also one of the best months to watch for unique and rare birds, such as winter finches.  


Types of migrating birds

November, AKA, the cloudiest month, is a frigid time of the year. The majority of Minnesota’s lake are frozen, which sends the remaining migratory birds south. Tundra swans make their way to warmer states such as North Carolina and Virginia. To experience the swan migration, head to Red Wing and Read’s Landing during the first glimpse of sunshine. November is also a great time to see snowbirds to fly home to Minnesota. Snow buntings, Northern owls, and Bald eagles will be out and about for bird watchers to enjoy. The Dark-eyed Juncos, commonly referenced as Minnesota’s snowbird, typically come to town just before the first snow. Their arrival truly means that winter is coming.

River Bend’s Resort & Walleye Inn 

Whichever season you visit Baudette, Minnesota, you’ll have a great time bird-watching. There are always several types of migratory birds present no matter the month or year. Bird-watching is an activity that is great for your whole family. Whether you’re a devoted migratory bird-watcher or just trying to gain some experience, our River Bend’s Resort & Walleye Inn staff will help you have the best experience. To learn more about local types of migratory birds, talk to our knowledge staff by calling 800-292-3084.


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Covid-19 Update: May 14th

We here at River Bend Resort and Walleye Inn are very happy to be open for the 2020 season. Cabin and hotel reservations are fully open and operational. In addition, we also have available, dock slips (if you wish to bring your own boat), gas & bait sales. Unfortunately, we still cannot offer charter fishing under the new mandates. Miles Lab Bar & Grill is also open to all of our guests for cabin delivery or pick-up dining. This new order is set to expire June 1 st , 2020 and we will be sure to keep you updated and advised accordingly. Thank you for your patience and continued patronage. We hope you, your family, and all loved ones continue to be healthy and safe during this time.



 Previous Coronavirus-19 Updates:


Previous Covid Update: May 6th

Due to changes in the MN state mandates, resorts and hotels are now able to operate under specific guidelines. As anticipated, on May 4th, 2020 River Bend Resort and Walleye Inn once again began receiving guests. We have resumed operations under explicit procedures directed by the state of Minnesota. While we will be open for cabin and room rental, we will not be providing charter fishing during this time. Dock slips, gas, bait and cabin delivery or pick-up dining will also be available to our guests.

Our staff has been preparing diligently and working hard to be ready for this anticipated coming season. We are and will continue to use many methods of enhanced cleaning techniques to ensure that we are ready for each group to come and stay with us. Our main goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy.

When you are ready to travel, our vacations specialists will be ready to help you every step of the way.


River Bend Resort Check-In/Out Process

To maintain safe social distancing during this time, we will be implementing the following safe distancing practices for all guests and staff. Thank you for your cooperation!

Resort Check-In

  • Registration Card will be left on table with key for cabin.
  • Please sign upon arrival and kindly place in box by office door.
  • The card used to hold your reservation will be ran day of arrival unless specified otherwise.
  • All cards will need to be keyed entry.

Resort Check-Out

  • Place key for cabin in the box by office door. Any keys taken will result in a $10 charge to card on file.
  • A folio receipt will be emailed to the email on file.

*Food Pick-up or delivery to cabin will be available during the hours of 8 am to 8pm. Please call the resort at 218-634-1552. Press option #1 for resort, and option #2 for restaurant, for food orders.


Walleye Inn Check-In/Out Process

Hotel Check-In

  • Normal process with the exception of a protective guard that has been placed at the front desk to create separation.
  • Registration cards and keys will be ready for each room upon arrival.
  • Credit Cards will continue to be charged at check in.

Hotel Check-Out

  • Please leave keys on the table in room. Any keys taken will result in a $10 charge to card on file.
  • Receipts will be emailed to the email address on file.
  • Please use the exit closest to your room.

*Dining Options: Pizza deliveries are available. Call front desk to order. Delivered directly to your room.

Miles Lab Bar & Grill. Resort restaurant orders are available from 8:am to 8:pm daily for pick-up orders only. To order call 218-634-1552. Press option #1 for resort, and option #2 for restaurant for food orders.

*Housekeeping: There will be no daily housekeeping available during this time. If there is something specifically needed, please call the front desk, and it will be delivered to your door.

*Continental Breakfast: There will be no continental breakfast available during this time. This is per MDH regulations.


Previous Press Release Thursday, March 26, 2020

We have been closely following the rapidly changing federal, state, and local recommendations and guidelines regarding COVID-19.  The health and well-being of our guests, staff and business partners always has been and will remine our top priority.

Yesterday afternoon Governor Tim Walz announced a two week “Stay at Home” order. The order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. Friday March 27th and lasts until April 10th. In addition, all bars and restaurants are to remain closed until May 1st, 2020.

River Bend Resort and Walleye Inn has instructed all employees to follow Gov. Walz’s order and shelter in place locally to further help stop the spread of the virus beginning Saturday March 28th, 2020. We intend to keep all of our facilities closed and are hoping to resume operations at all of our locations on or about May 1st, 2020. Please note we are still taking reservations for dates beyond May 1st, 2020 however, we will be managing our phone hours on a limited schedule as follows: M-F 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sat-Sun 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. All messages received during off hours will be returned promptly over the course of our newly scheduled times.

In related news, the Lake of the Woods County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to CLOSE ALL “COUNTY CONTROLLED RIGHT OF WAY LANDINGS THAT PROVIDE ACCESS TO THE RAINY RIVER” UNTIL FUTHER NOTICE.  Citing concerns about the traditionally large number of anglers coming into the area at a time when people are being ordered not to travel and stay home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have also learned that Koochiching County has closed Upper Sioux landing, Frontier landing, Nelson Park landing and Vidas landing until further notice.

We will update everyone once we all get through this trying time.  Please continue to actively follow CDC guidelines to stop the spread of germs and this dreadful virus.  Thank you for helping to keep our community healthy and safe.