Wildlife Update: May 4, 2023

Summer Visitor Center Hours

Weekdays from 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Weekends 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Spring has sprung in the Grantsburg area. The sun is getting stronger, the days are getting longer, and more birds are returning every day! Road conditions are improving every day on the wildlife areas. The township staff have been grading roads, and we have had a few dry days to help out. Visitors should continue to use caution after rainy days, as roads can get pretty muddy this tome of the year.   

Many waterfowl species are still in the area, though numbers are beginning to decrease as they move north to their nesting grounds. Species still being sighted include Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Greater and Lesser Scaup, Gadwall, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Ruddy Duck, and more. A great place for viewing most of these species had been Grettum Flowage down on Fish Lake Wildlife Area and also Phantom Lake on Crex Meadows.

We have also had several of our warblers and sparrows returning to the area within the past week. A few highlights include Clay-colored Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler, Palm Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and White-throated Sparrow.

A few other bird highlights include Sharp-tailed Grouse (currently participating in their spring mating dances), American White Pelican, Bonaparte’s Gull, Common Loon, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Forster’s Tern, Herring Gull, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Solitary Sandpiper, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and Yellow Rail. Both grebe species (and also the Pied-billed Grebe) have been consistently sighted near one another on Phantom Lake (closer to the south end of the flowage).

Visitors should also be aware that we are getting close to 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 BitternEuropean StarlingPurple Martin
American CootField SparrowRed-bellied Woodpecker
American CrowForster’s TernRed-breasted Merganser
American GoldfinchFox SparrowRed-breasted Nuthatch
American KestrelGadwallRedhead
American RobinGolden-crowned KingletRed-necked Grebe
American Tree SparrowGreat Blue HeronRed-tailed Hawk
American White PelicanGreat Horned OwlRed-winged Blackbird
American WigeonGreater ScaupRing-billed Gull
American WoodcockGreater YellowlegsRing-necked Duck
Bald EagleGreen-winged TealRing-necked Pheasant
Baltimore OrioleHairy WoodpeckerRock Pigeon
Barn SwallowHermit ThrushRough-legged Hawk
Barred OwlHerring GullRuby-crowned Kinglet
Belted KingfisherHooded MerganserRuddy Duck
Black-capped ChickadeeHorned GrebeRuffed Grouse
Blue JayHorned LarkRusty Blackbird
Blue-winged TealHouse FinchSandhill Crane
Bonaparte’s GullHouse SparrowSavannah Sparrow
Broad-winged HawkKilldeerSwamp Sparrow
Brown CreeperLark SparrowSedge Wren
Brown ThrasherLesser ScaupSharp-shinned Hawk
Brown-headed CowbirdLesser YellowlegsSharp-tailed Grouse
BuffleheadLincoln’s SparrowSolitary Sandpiper
Canada GooseLoggerhead ShrikeSong Sparrow
CanvasbackMallardSpotted Sandpiper
Chipping SparrowMerlinSwainson’s Thrush
Clay-colored SparrowMourning DoveTree Swallow
Common GoldeneyeNorthern CardinalTrumpeter Swan
Common GrackleNorthern FlickerTurkey Vulture
Common LoonNorthern HarrierUpland Sandpiper
Common MerganserNorthern PintailVesper Sparrow
Common RavenNorthern Rough-winged SwallowWhite-breasted Nuthatch
Cooper’s HawkNorthern ShovelerWhite-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed JuncoOrange-crowned WarblerWhite-throated Sparrow
Double-crested CormorantOspreyWild Turkey
Downy WoodpeckerPalm WarblerWilson’s Snipe
Eastern BluebirdPeregrine FalconWood Duck
Eastern MeadowlarkPied-billed GrebeWood Thrush
Eastern PhoebePileated WoodpeckerYellow Rail
Eastern TowheePine WarblerYellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Whip-poor-willPurple FinchYellow-headed Blackbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler

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