Wildlife Update: June 2, 2023

Summer Visitor Center Hours

Weekdays from 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Weekends 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Young animals are starting to become a common sight on the Glacial Lake Grantsburg properties right now. Bear cubs, fox kits, fawns, and goslings have all been spotted recently. Swan cygnets are likely not far behind. Please keep in mind that the best thing to do when encountering young animals is to give them their space. Help us keep wildlife wild!

We are mostly seeing nesting warbler species in the area at this time. Yellow warblers are a good example of a warbler that has been spotted nest-building recently. Chestnut-sided warblers and blue-winged warblers are two other warblers species that are still being sighted, amongst others.

Several visitors were also able to listen to the calls of yellow rails this week. Their call is best compared to the sound of knocking two stones together. These rails are best heard in the early hours of the morning while it is still dark.

Other bird highlights included Black-billed Cuckoo, Caspian Tern, Least Bittern, and Virginia Rail.

Visitors should also be aware that we are at the time where wood ticks and deer ticks will become abundant. Be sure to wear the appropriate clothing and utilize permethrin or other deterring sprays on your clothing to minimize risk.

Mammals seen in the area within the last week:

13-Lined Ground SquirrelMuskratRiver Otter
BeaverRaccoonStriped Skunk
Black Bear (cubs)Red Fox (kits)White-tailed Deer (fawns)
Grey SquirrelRed SquirrelWoodchuck

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

Alder FlycatcherEastern TowheeRed-bellied Woodpecker
American BitternEastern Whip-poor-willRed-eyed Vireo
American CootEastern Wood-PeweeRed-headed Woodpecker
American CrowEuropean StarlingRed-necked Grebe
American GoldfinchField SparrowRed-shouldered Hawk
American KestrelGadwallRed-tailed Hawk
American RedstartGolden-winged WarblerRed-winged Blackbird
American RobinGrasshopper SparrowRing-billed Gull
American White PelicanGray CatbirdRing-necked Duck
American WoodcockGreat Blue HeronRing-necked Pheasant
Bald EagleGreat Crested FlycatcherRose-breasted Grosbeak
Baltimore OrioleGreen HeronRuby-throated Hummingbird
Barn SwallowGreen-winged TealRuddy Duck
Barred OwlHairy WoodpeckerRuffed Grouse
Belted KingfisherHermit ThrushSandhill Crane
Black TernHooded MerganserScarlet Tanager
Black-and-white WarblerHorned LarkSedge Wren
Black-billed CuckooHouse SparrowSemipalmated Plover
Black-capped ChickadeeHouse WrenSemipalmated Sandpiper
Blue JayIndigo BuntingSolitary Sandpiper
Blue-gray GnatcatcherKilldeerSong Sparrow
Blue-winged TealLeast BitternSora
Blue-winged WarblerLeast FlycatcherSpotted Sandpiper
BobolinkLeast SandpiperSwamp Sparrow
Brown ThrasherLesser ScaupTree Swallow
Brown-headed CowbirdLesser YellowlegsTrumpeter Swan
Canada GooseMallardTurkey Vulture
Caspian TernMarsh WrenVeery
Cedar WaxwingMourning DoveVesper Sparrow
Chestnut-sided WarblerNashville WarblerVirginia Rail
Chipping SparrowNorthern CardinalWarbling Vireo
Clay-colored SparrowNorthern FlickerWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Cliff SwallowNorthern HarrierWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Common GrackleNorthern Rough-winged SwallowWild Turkey
Common LoonNorthern ShovelerWillow Flycatcher
Common NighthawkOlive-sided FlycatcherWilson’s Snipe
Common RavenOrchard OrioleWood Duck
Common YellowthroatOspreyWood Thrush
Cooper’s HawkOvenbirdYellow Warbler
Double-crested CormorantPectoral SandpiperYellow-bellied Flycatcher
Downy WoodpeckerPied-billed GrebeYellow-bellied Sapsucker
DunlinPileated WoodpeckerYellow-headed Blackbird
Eastern KingbirdPine WarblerYellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern PhoebePurple MartinYellow-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!