Bird and Other Wildlife Observations

 

January 19, 2017

Visitor Center Hours

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

CLOSED ON WEEKENDS UNTIL APRIL

 

 

Your first stop should be the Visitor Center.  Here you can get the latest information, get answers to all your questions, and view the displays.  Browse the Bog Shoe Gift Shop which is always well-stocked with a large variety of wildlife-related items.  Also, take time to view the introductory, high-definition videos, all of which were revised with new footage and music.  Copies of the videos  are for sale at the gift shop.

View the Wisconsin Outdoor Report from the WI-DNR here.

 

 

 

Since the first week of January, bird activity increased slightly at Crex Meadows and surrounding areas. Bird numbers were the worst they had been in years during the end of December and very beginning of January.
Temperatures in Northern Wisconsin have finally risen about 40 degrees after a few weeks of being in the negatives.
 
Birds are still scarce, but some are beginning to frequent the feeders. However, this week was good for birding because of the rare sightings that were reported.

The two bird highlights for the week were a Golden eagle and a Short-eared owl. The Golden eagle has been hanging around off of East Refuge Road, and the Short-eared owl has been seen in the same areas.

Good numbers of Rough-legged Hawks and Northern Shrikes are present. There seems to be an abnormally high population of Ring-necked Pheasants. Still no Blue Jays or Redpolls have been seen.

The Grantsburg Area Bird List for this week (including the wildlife areas, the village of Grantsburg and the Governor Knowles State Forest reports from eBird and direct reports from visitors and volunteers) 

 

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