Wildlife Update: May 16, 2024

Spring Visitor Center Hours

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

The weather has been lovely in the Grantsburg area this past week! We have had most days in the high 60’s and 70’s, but even had one day in the high 80’s. We have also had a couple days of rain, keeping our water levels quite high in many of the flowages. We are also seeing some of our wildflowers beginning to bloom, and many more should follow within the next couple of weeks!

More migrating birds have been showing up each day the past week, including various shorebirds (lower numbers than normal with the higher water levels), herons and heron-like birds, and a wide variety of songbirds. Migration activity is wonderful now, but will begin to decrease quickly within the next week- and then we enter “baby animals season”!

One major highlight from this past couple of weeks is that we already have had several reports of new fawns on our properties, and have also had numerous broods of goslings hatching. We should be extremely close to our first sightings of Sandhill Crane colts and Trumpeter Swan cygnets, so visitors should keep their eyes peeled!

Bird highlights from this past week include: American Redstart, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black Tern, Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-winged Warbler, Bobolink, Cape May Warbler, Dunlin, Golden-winged Warbler, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Indigo Bunting, Least Bittern, Magnolia Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Short-billed Dowitcher, and Virginia Rail.

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

American BitternEastern BluebirdPied-billed Grebe
American CootEastern KingbirdPileated Woodpecker
American CrowEastern PhoebePine Siskin
American GoldfinchEastern TowheePine Warbler
American KestrelEastern Whip-poor-willPurple Finch
American RedstartEastern Wood-peweePurple Martin
American RobinEuropean StarlingRed-bellied Woodpecker
American Tree SparrowField SparrowRed-breasted Nuthatch
American White PelicanGadwallRed-eyed Vireo
American WoodcockGolden-crowned KingletRed-headed Woodpecker
Bald EagleGolden-winged WarblerRed-necked Grebe
Baltimore OrioleGrasshopper SparrowRed-tailed Hawk
Bank SwallowGray CatbirdRed-winged Blackbird
Barn SwallowGray-cheeked ThrushRing-billed Gull
Barred OwlGreat Blue HeronRing-necked Duck
Bay-breasted WarblerGreat Crested FlycatcherRing-necked Pheasant
Belted KingfisherGreat Horned OwlRock Pigeon
Black TernGreater White-fronted GooseRose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-and-white WarblerGreen HeronRuby-crowned Kinglet
Blackburnian WarblerGreen-winged TealRuby-throated Hummingbird
Black-capped ChickadeeHairy WoodpeckerRuffed Grouse
Black-billed CuckooHarris’s SparrowSandhill Crane
Blackpoll WarblerHermit ThrushSavannah Sparrow
Black-throated Green WarblerHooded MerganserScarlet Tanager
Blue JayHouse FinchSedge Wren
Blue-gray GnatcatcherHouse SparrowSemipalmated Plover
Blue-headed VireoHouse WrenSharp-shinned Hawk
Blue-winged TealIndigo BuntingShort-billed Dowitcher
Blue-winged WarblerKilldeerSolitary Sandpiper
BobolinkLark SparrowSong Sparrow
Broad-winged HawkLeast BitternSora
Brown CreeperLeast FlycatcherSpotted Sandpiper
Brown ThrasherLeast SandpiperSwainson’s Thrush
Brown-headed CowbirdLesser ScaupSwamp Sparrow
Canada GooseLesser YellowlegsTennessee Warbler
Cape May WarblerMagnolia WarblerTree Swallow
Cedar WaxwingMallardTrumpeter Swan
Chestnut-sided WarblerMarsh WrenTurkey Vulture
Chimney SwiftMerlinVeery
Chipping SparrowMourning DoveVesper Sparrow
Clay-colored SparrowNashville WarblerVirginia Rail
Cliff SwallowNorthern CardinalWarbling Vireo
Common GoldeneyeNorthern FlickerWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Common GrackleNorthern HarrierWhite-crowned Sparrow
Common LoonNorthern ParulaWhite-throated Sparrow
Common MerganserNorthern Rough-winged SwallowWild Turkey
Common NighthawkNorthern ShovelerWilson’s Snipe
Common RavenNorthern WaterthrushWilson’s Warbler
Common YellowthroatOlive-sided FlycatcherWood Duck
Cooper’s HawkOrange-crowned WarblerWood Thrush
Dark-eyed JuncoOspreyYellow Warbler
Double-crested CormorantOvenbirdYellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy WoodpeckerPalm WarblerYellow-headed Blackbird
DunlinPectoral SandpiperYellow-rumped Warbler
Peregrine FalconYellow-throated Vireo

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

BeaverMuskratRiver Otter
Black BearPocket GopherStriped Skunk
CoyotePorcupineWhite-tailed Deer
Grey SquirrelRed Fox13 Lined Ground Squirrel
Grey WolfRed Squirrel