Wildlife Update: June 21, 2023

Summer Visitor Center Hours

Weekdays from 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Weekends 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Summer has officially arrived in the Grantsburg area! Although, it felt like summer much earlier than this with the hot and dry conditions that we’ve been experiencing starting in May. The area could benefit from some rain in the near future!

Because migration has now come to a close and nesting/brood rearing season has arrived, wildlife sightings have decreased to their normal summer levels. This time of the year is wonderful for viewing baby animals of all kinds, butterflies, and other interesting insects, and also for finding a vast array of beautiful wildflowers in bloom.

Check out Phantom Lake to see a number of different waterfowl broods, including trumpeter swans, Canada geese, mallards, blue-winged teal, wood ducks, and more. There are also swan families on several other flowages, including Refuge Extension, Reisinger Lake, Upper North Fork, and more.

There have also been many sightings of sandhill crane colts in Crex Meadows. These are incredibly difficult to view at this point in the season, but if you see a pair of sandhills moving slowly through the thick sedge marshes, be sure to take a closer look- there may be young with them!

Bird highlights over the past week include alder flycatcher, Brewer’s blackbird, canvasback (not usually around this time of year!), chimney Swift, dickcissel, Henslow’s sparrow, indigo bunting, orchard oriole, red-headed woodpecker, upland sandpiper, Virginia rail, and yellow rail.

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 Abel Road.

Mammals seen in the area within the last week:

13-Lined Ground SquirrelGrey WolfRed Squirrel
BeaverMuskratRiver Otter
Black Bear & cubsRaccoonStriped Skunk
Grey SquirrelRed FoxWhite-tailed Deer

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

Alder FlycatcherEastern BluebirdPurple Martin
American BitternEastern KingbirdRed-bellied Woodpecker
American CootEastern MeadowlarkRed-breasted Nuthatch
American CrowEastern PhoebeRed-eyed Vireo
American GoldfinchEastern TowheeRed-headed Woodpecker
American KestrelEastern Whip-poor-willRed-necked Grebe
American RedstartEastern Wood-peweeRed-tailed Hawk
American RobinEuropean StarlingRed-winged Blackbird
American WoodcockField SparrowRing-billed Gull
Bald EagleGolden-winged WarblerRing-necked Duck
Baltimore OrioleGrasshopper SparrowRing-necked Pheasant
Bank SwallowGray CatbirdRock Pigeon
Barn SwallowGreat Blue HeronRose-breasted Grosbeak
Barred OwlGreat Crested FlycatcherRuby-throated Hummingbird
Belted KingfisherGreat Horned OwlRuffed Grouse
Black TernGreen HeronSandhill Crane
Black-and-white WarblerGreen-winged TealSavannah Sparrow
Black-capped ChickadeeHairy WoodpeckerScarlet Tanager
Blue JayHenslow’s SparrowSedge Wren
Blue-gray GnatcatcherHermit ThrushSharp-tailed Grouse
Blue-headed VireoHooded MerganserSong Sparrow
Blue-winged TealHouse FinchSora
BobolinkHouse SparrowSpotted Sandpiper
Brewer’s BlackbirdHouse WrenSwamp Sparrow
Broad-winged HawkIndigo BuntingTree Swallow
Brown ThrasherKilldeerTrumpeter Swan
Brown-headed CowbirdLark SparrowTurkey Vulture
Canada GooseLeast BitternUpland Sandpiper
CanvasbackLeast FlycatcherVeery
Cedar WaxwingMallardVesper Sparrow
Chestnut-sided WarblerMarsh WrenVirginia Rail
Chimney SwiftMerlinWarbling Vireo
Chipping SparrowMourning DoveWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Clay-colored SparrowNorthern CardinalWild Turkey
Cliff SwallowNorthern FlickerWillow Flycatcher
Common GrackleNorthern HarrierWilson’s Snipe
Common LoonOrchard OrioleWood Duck
Common RavenOspreyWood Thrush
Common YellowthroatOvenbirdYellow Rail
Cooper’s HawkPied-billed GrebeYellow Warbler
DickcisselPileated WoodpeckerYellow-billed Cuckoo
Double-crested CormorantPine WarblerYellow-headed Blackbird
Downy WoodpeckerPurple FinchYellow-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!