Wildlife Update: May 23, 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 a great time to come! We have 173 different species on our recent bird sightings list, all sighted within the past week (within Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and the surrounding area). 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 80’s, and only some in the 60’s. Road conditions are great in the wildlife areas. All roads that were a mess this spring have been repaired.

Most waterfowl species that migrate through our area have gone north to nest, but there have been a few late sightings the past few days. These include Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and Ruddy Duck.

We are still seeing a variety of different warblers, but numbers have decreased from what they were 1-2 weeks ago. Species still passing through include Blackburnian Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, Palm Warbler, Tennessee Warbler, and Wilson’s Warbler. Other warbler species still being sighted would be our local nesters.

We also had a few interesting shorebirds show up over the weekend, including Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, White-rumped Sandpiper, and Wilson’s Phalarope. Try heading out to Dike 5 or Phantom Lake in Crex Meadows to look for these species.

Other bird highlights included Black Tern, Bonaparte’s Gull, Chimney Swift, Forster’s Tern, Least Bittern, Merlin, Orchard Oriole, Red-headed Woodpecker, and Upland Sandpiper.

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 BearRed FoxWhite-tailed Deer
Grey SquirrelRed SquirrelWoodchuck

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

American CrowEastern Wood-peweeRed-breasted Nuthatch
American GoldfinchEuropean StarlingRed-eyed Vireo
American KestrelField SparrowRedhead
American RedstartForster’s TernRed-headed Woodpecker
American RobinGadwallRed-necked Grebe
American White PelicanGolden-winged WarblerRed-shouldered Hawk
American WigeonGrasshopper SparrowRed-tailed Hawk
American WoodcockGray CatbirdRed-winged Blackbird
Bald EagleGray-cheeked ThrushRing-necked Duck
Baltimore OrioleGreat Blue HeronRing-necked Pheasant
Barn SwallowGreat Crested FlycatcherRock Pigeon
Barred OwlGreat EgretRose-breasted Grosbeak
Bay-breasted WarblerGreat Horned OwlRuby-throated Hummingbird
Belted KingfisherGreater YellowlegsRuddy Duck
Black TernGreen HeronRuddy Turnstone
Black-and-white WarblerGreen-winged TealRuffed Grouse
Black-bellied PloverHairy WoodpeckerSandhill Crane
Blackburnian WarblerHarris’s SparrowSavannah Sparrow
Black-capped ChickadeeHermit ThrushScarlet Tanager
Blackpoll WarblerHooded MerganserSedge Wren
Black-throated Green WarblerHorned GrebeSemipalmated Plover
Blue JayHouse FinchSemipalmated Sandpiper
Blue-gray GnatcatcherHouse SparrowSharp-shinned Hawk
Blue-headed VireoHouse WrenSharp-tailed Grouse
Blue-winged TealIndigo BuntingShort-billed Dowitcher
Blue-winged WarblerKilldeerSolitary Sandpiper
BobolinkLark SparrowSong Sparrow
Bonaparte’s GullLeast BitternSora
Brewer’s BlackbirdLeast FlycatcherSpotted Sandpiper
Broad-winged HawkLeast SandpiperSwainson’s Thrush
Brown ThrasherLesser ScaupSwamp Sparrow
Brown-headed CowbirdLesser YellowlegsTennessee Warbler
BuffleheadMagnolia WarblerTree Swallow
Canada GooseMallardTrumpeter Swan
Canada WarblerMarbled GodwitTurkey Vulture
Cape May WarblerMarsh WrenUpland Sandpiper
Chestnut-sided WarblerMerlinVeery
Chimney SwiftMourning DoveVesper Sparrow
Chipping SparrowNashville WarblerVirginia Rail
Clay-colored SparrowNorthern CardinalWarbling Vireo
Cliff SwallowNorthern FlickerWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Common GoldeneyeNorthern HarrierWhite-rumped Sandpiper
Common GrackleNorthern ParulaWhite-throated Sparrow
Common LoonNorthern ShovelerWild Turkey
Common NighthawkNorthern WaterthrushWilson’s Phalarope
Common RavenOlive-sided FlycatcherWilson’s Snipe
Common YellowthroatOrchard OrioleWilson’s Warbler
Cooper’s HawkOspreyWood Duck
Dark-eyed JuncoOvenbirdWood Thrush
Double-crested CormorantPalm WarblerYellow Warbler
Downy WoodpeckerPectoral SandpiperYellow-bellied Sapsucker
DunlinPhiladelphia VireoYellow-headed Blackbird
Eastern BluebirdPied-billed GrebeYellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern KingbirdPileated WoodpeckerYellow-throated Vireo
Eastern MeadowlarkPine Warbler

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!