Wildlife Update: July 11, 2023

Summer Visitor Center Hours

Weekdays from 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Weekends 10:00 am-4:00 pm

The Grantsburg area is experiencing another dry summer. The area did get a couple inches of rain over the 4th of July weekend, but not much more than that. Water levels are low in many flowages due to the lack of precipitation. There have been a few wildfires recently, one of them on Crex property (on Main Dike Road, south of the Refuge).

Bird highlights over the past week include American White Pelican, Cedar Waxwing, Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow, Short-billed Dowitcher, Solitary Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, and Wilson’s Phalarope.

To see many of the shorebirds on the list for this week, head to Main Dike Road, and take close look anywhere you can see mudflats!

One great activity to participate in this time of the year is searching for a wide variety of flowers in bloom. A few great places to find pollinators and wildflowers are the area around the intersection of Main Dike Road and James Road, all the way along James Road on the west side of the road, and on Abel Road.

During this time of year, brood-rearing season is still in full swing, with young wildlife to see everywhere. Try looking for Trumpeter swan cygnets, duck broods, and Canada goose goslings on Phantom Lake, Upper North Fork Flowage, Reisinger Lake, and several other locations. You can also find Sandhill crane families this time of the year. Colts are still very small, so when you see a pair of cranes together you should keep your eyes peeled!

Because this is “baby animal season”, the WI DNR would like to remind you to always keep wildlife wild. “Wild animals are valued by many, and it’s important to observe them at a respectful distance to keep them wild and allow for their life in the wild to continue. During the warmer months of spring and summer, the frequency of human-wildlife encounters increases, especially those involving young wild animals. While most of these encounters are harmless, there are times when well-intentioned people interfere in wildlife situations because they incorrectly assume a young animal is orphaned.”

REMEMBER: A young wild animal’s best chance for survival is with its mother!

For more information, visit the WI DNR website!

Mammals seen in the area within the last week:

13-Lined Ground SquirrelGrey WolfRed Squirrel
BeaverMuskratRiver Otter
Black Bear & cubsRaccoonWhite-tailed Deer & fawns
Grey SquirrelRed FoxWoodchuck

Bird sightings within the last week on Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and surrounding area:

Alder FlycatcherDowny WoodpeckerPurple Finch
American BitternEastern BluebirdPurple Martin
American CootEastern KingbirdRed-bellied Woodpecker
American CrowEastern MeadowlarkRed-breasted Nuthatch
American GoldfinchEastern PhoebeRed-eyed Vireo
American KestrelEastern TowheeRed-headed Woodpecker
American RedstartEastern Whip-poor-willRed-tailed Hawk
American RobinEastern Wood-peweeRed-winged Blackbird
American White PelicanEuropean StarlingRing-necked Duck
Bald EagleField SparrowRing-necked Pheasant
Baltimore OrioleGolden-winged WarblerRock Pigeon
Bank SwallowGrasshopper SparrowRose-breasted Grosbeak
Barn SwallowGray CatbirdRuby-throated Hummingbird
Barred OwlGreat Blue HeronRuffed Grouse
Belted KingfisherGreat Crested FlycatcherSandhill Crane
Black TernGreater YellowlegsSavannah Sparrow
Black-and-white WarblerGreen HeronScarlet Tanager
Black-billed CuckooGreen-winged TealSedge Wren
Black-capped ChickadeeHairy WoodpeckerShort-billed Dowitcher
Blue JayHooded MerganserSolitary Sandpiper
Blue-gray GnatcatcherHouse SparrowSong Sparrow
Blue-winged TealHouse WrenSora
BobolinkIndigo BuntingSpotted Sandpiper
Brewer’s BlackbirdKilldeerSwamp Sparrow
Broad-winged HawkLark SparrowTree Swallow
Brown ThrasherLeast FlycatcherTrumpeter Swan
Brown-headed CowbirdLeast SandpiperTurkey Vulture
Canada GooseLesser YellowlegsUpland Sandpiper
Cedar WaxwingMallardVeery
Chestnut-sided WarblerMarsh WrenVesper Sparrow
Chimney SwiftMourning DoveVirginia Rail
Chipping SparrowNorthern CardinalWarbling Vireo
Clay-colored SparrowNorthern FlickerWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Cliff SwallowNorthern HarrierWild Turkey
Common GrackleNorthern Rough-winged SwallowWilson’s Phalarope
Common LoonOspreyWilson’s Snipe
Common NighthawkOvenbirdWood Duck
Common RavenPectoral SandpiperYellow Warbler
Common YellowthroatPied-billed GrebeYellow-bellied Sapsucker
DickcisselPileated WoodpeckerYellow-headed Blackbird
Double-crested CormorantPine WarblerYellow-throated Vireo

Did you see something that is not on our list (on the back of this page)? Feel free to give us a call to report it!