Wildlife Update: May 1, 2024

Spring Visitor Center Hours

Weekdays: 8:00 am- 4:30 pm; Weekends: 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

We are finally having consistent spring weather in the Grantsburg area, including many days of rain. This isn’t necessarily the best weather for wildlife viewing, but we have been in desperate need of precipitation after more than 2 years of drought conditions! Water levels in the flowages are finally coming up, and it seems that they will continue to rise being that there is more rain in the forecast.

More migrating birds have been showing up each day the past week, including many waterfowl species, grebes, various shorebirds, sparrows, herons and heron-like birds, and even some songbirds. Migration activity should be fantastic from now until at least the end of this month, so it is a fantastic time to plan a trip.

One major highlight from this past couple of weeks is that we already have several goose pairs that have hatched goslings! Families have been seen on Phantom Lake, North Fork Flowage, and other areas as well.

Bird highlights from this past week include: American Bittern, American White Pelican, Bonaparte’s Gull, Cackling Goose, Eared Grebe, Eastern meadowlark, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Great Egret, Greater white-fronted goose, Horned Grebe, Lark Sparrow, Orange-crowned warbler, Peregrine Falcon, Pine Warbler, Red-necked Grebe, Ruddy Duck, Short-eared Owl, Willet, and Yellow-headed Blackbird.

Recent bird sightings in Burnett County (focused on areas around Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, and Amsterdam Sloughs Wildlife Areas):

American BitternEuropean StarlingPine Warbler
American CootField SparrowPurple Finch
American CrowFox SparrowPurple Martin
American GoldfinchGadwallRed-bellied Woodpecker
American KestrelGolden-crowned KingletRed-breasted Nuthatch
American RobinGray CatbirdRedhead
American Tree SparrowGreat Blue HeronRed-necked Grebe
American White PelicanGreat EgretRed-tailed Hawk
American WigeonGreat Horned OwlRed-winged Blackbird
American WoodcockGreater ScaupRing-billed Gull
Bald EagleGreater White-fronted GooseRing-necked Duck
Barn SwallowGreater YellowlegsRing-necked Pheasant
Barred OwlGreen-winged TealRock Pigeon
Belted KingfisherHairy WoodpeckerRough-legged Hawk
Black-capped ChickadeeHermit ThrushRuby-crowned Kinglet
Blue JayHooded MerganserRuddy Duck
Blue-winged TealHorned GrebeRuffed Grouse
Bonaparte’s GullHorned LarkRusty Blackbird
Brewer’s BlackbirdHouse FinchSandhill Crane
Broad-winged HawkHouse SparrowSedge Wren
Brown ThrasherKilldeerSharp-tailed Grouse
Brown-headed CowbirdLark SparrowShort-eared Owl
BuffleheadLesser ScaupSnow Goose
Cackling GooseLesser YellowlegsSong Sparrow
Canada GooseMallardSora
Chipping SparrowMarsh WrenSwamp Sparrow
Common GrackleMerlinTree Swallow
Common LoonMourning DoveTrumpeter Swan
Common MerganserNorthern FlickerTundra Swan
Common RavenNorthern HarrierTurkey Vulture
Cooper’s HawkNorthern PintailVesper Sparrow
Dark-eyed JuncoNorthern Rough-winged SwallowWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Double-crested CormorantNorthern ShovelerWhite-throated Sparrow
Downy WoodpeckerOrange-crowed WarblerWild Turkey
Eared GrebeOspreyWillet
Eastern BluebirdPalm WarblerWilson’s Snipe
Eastern MeadowlarkPeregrine FalconWood Duck
Eastern PhoebePied-billed GrebeYellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern TowheePileated WoodpeckerYellow-headed Blackbird
Eastern Whip-poor-willPine SiskinYellow-rumped Warbler

Recent mammal sightings in Burnett County (focused on areas around Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, and Amsterdam Sloughs Wildlife Areas):

Black BearMuskratRiver Otter
CoyotePorcupineStriped Skunk
Grey SquirrelRed FoxWhite-tailed Deer
Grey WolfRed Squirrel13 Lined Ground Squirrel