Wildlife Update: May 16, 2023

Summer Visitor Center Hours

Weekdays from 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Weekends 10:00 am-4:00 pm

If you are planning a trip to Crex Meadows, now is the time to come! We are at the peak of our bird migration season, with our longest sightings list yet at 164 different species (all sighted within the past week). We have also been having lovely spring weather here in the Grantsburg area. There have been many days with temperatures in the 70’s, and only some in the 60’s. Road conditions are improving every day on the wildlife areas. The township staff have been grading roads, and we have had many dry days to help out.

Many waterfowl species are still in the area, though numbers are much smaller than they were two weeks ago, as birds continue to move north to their nesting grounds. Most of the species left are our common local nesters including Mallard, Wood Duck, Ring-necked Duck, and Blue-winged Teal. Other species still being sighted include Common Goldeneye, Lesser Scaup, Gadwall, Northern Shoveler, and Redhead. A great place for viewing most of these species had been Grettum Flowage down in Fish Lake Wildlife Area and some sightings on Phantom Lake in Crex Meadows.

Many of our warblers are starting to show up in the area as well. These include Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler and more. In addition to the many warblers around, we also have several different vireos on our list. Newest sightings are Blue-headed Vireo and Philadelphia Vireo.

A few other bird highlights include Black Tern, Bobolink, Common Nighthawk, Dunlin, Forster’s Tern, Indigo Bunting, Scarlet Tanager, Short-billed Dowitcher, 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 SquirrelGrey Wolf (tracks)Red Squirrel
BeaverMuskratRiver Otter
Black BearRaccoonStriped Skunk
Grey SquirrelRed FoxWhite-tailed Deer

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

American BitternEastern BluebirdPileated Woodpecker
American CootEastern KingbirdPine Siskin
American CrowEastern MeadowlarkPine Warbler
American GoldfinchEastern PhoebePurple Finch
American KestrelEastern TowheePurple Martin
American RedstartEastern Whip-poor-willRed-bellied Woodpecker
American RobinEastern Wood-peweeRed-breasted Nuthatch
American White PelicanEuropean StarlingRed-eyed Vireo
American WigeonField SparrowRedhead
American WoodcockForster’s TernRed-headed Woodpecker
Bald EagleGadwallRed-necked Grebe
Baltimore OrioleGolden-winged WarblerRed-tailed Hawk
Bank SwallowGrasshopper SparrowRed-winged Blackbird
Barn SwallowGray CatbirdRing-billed Gull
Barred OwlGreat Blue HeronRing-necked Duck
Bay-breasted WarblerGreat Crested FlycatcherRing-necked Pheasant
Belted KingfisherGreat Horned OwlRose-breasted Grosbeak
Black TernGreater YellowlegsRuby-crowned Kinglet
Black-and-white WarblerGreen HeronRuby-throated Hummingbird
Blackburnian WarblerGreen-winged TealRuddy Duck
Black-capped ChickadeeHairy WoodpeckerRuffed Grouse
Blackpoll WarblerHermit ThrushSandhill Crane
Black-throated Green WarblerHooded MerganserSavannah Sparrow
Blue JayHorned LarkScarlet Tanager
Blue-gray GnatcatcherHouse FinchSedge Wren
Blue-headed VireoHouse SparrowSemipalmated Plover
Blue-winged TealHouse WrenSharp-tailed Grouse
Blue-winged WarblerIndigo BuntingShort-billed Dowitcher
BobolinkKilldeerSolitary Sandpiper
Broad-winged HawkLark SparrowSong Sparrow
Brown ThrasherLeast FlycatcherSora
Brown-headed CowbirdLeast SandpiperSpotted Sandpiper
BuffleheadLesser ScaupSwainson’s Thrush
Canada GooseLesser YellowlegsSwamp Sparrow
Canada WarblerLincoln’s SparrowTennessee Warbler
Cape May WarblerMagnolia WarblerTree Swallow
Cedar WaxwingMallardTrumpeter Swan
Chestnut-sided WarblerMarsh WrenTurkey Vulture
Chimney SwiftMourning DoveVeery
Chipping SparrowNashville WarblerVesper Sparrow
Clay-colored SparrowNorthern CardinalVirginia Rail
Cliff SwallowNorthern FlickerWarbling Vireo
Common GoldeneyeNorthern HarrierWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Common GrackleNorthern ParulaWhite-crowned Sparrow
Common LoonNorthern Rough-winged SwallowWhite-throated Sparrow
Common MerganserNorthern ShovelerWild Turkey
Common NighthawkNorthern WaterthrushWilson’s Snipe
Common RavenOrange-crowned WarblerWilson’s Warbler
Common YellowthroatOrchard OrioleWood Duck
Cooper’s HawkOspreyWood Thrush
Dark-eyed JuncoOvenbirdYellow Warbler
Double-crested CormorantPalm WarblerYellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy WoodpeckerPectoral SandpiperYellow-headed Blackbird
DunlinPhiladelphia VireoYellow-rumped Warbler
Pied-billed GrebeYellow-throated Vireo

Did you see something that’s not on our list? Give us a call to report it at 715-463-2739