Winter has arrived in the Grantsburg area. We received our first large snowfall this week, some places getting up to 8”-9”, Grantsburg getting a bit less than that. Flowages are all iced over at this point, with most of the other lakes following closely behind. Weather was oddly warm up until now, but we are settling back in with normal temperatures for this time of the year. The forecast shows a bit more snow on the way, and temperatures mostly in the teens and 20’s during the day.
The wildlife clearly know that winter has arrived as well. The bird list is short this week, with many things disappearing with the arrival of the cold and snow. Though the birds have figured it out, it seems that the black bear have been a bit confused with the above average temperatures. Many deer hunters reported seeing bears during the 9-day rifle season this year, when they often are absent from the landscape at that point. They should be settling into dens soon.
Bird highlights this week include: Great Horned Owl, Northern Shrike, Snow Bunting, and Snowy Owl.
Mammals seen in the area within the last week:
Bird sightings within the last week on Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and surrounding area!
Great Horned Owl