Wildlife Update: October 21, 2022

The fall season is in full swing here in the Grantsburg Area! Temperatures have been cool, with some days in the 30’s, but mostly highs in the 40’s and 50’s. We have had a couple of nights dropping into the 20’s, causing flowages to temporarily freeze. They will not stay frozen now, as we will be getting temperatures in the high 60’s over the weekend!

We are nearing our peak for Sandhill Crane viewing, with many thousands of birds already in the area. Our best viewing location so far is on Fish Lake Wildlife Area, on Grettum Dike Road! Try heading there in the morning around 7-9 a.m., or in the evening around 5-7 p.m. to see the largest groups flying around (last estimate was around 7,000 birds)! 

Bird highlights this week: American Black Duck, Gadwall, Lapland Longspur, Merlin, Redhead, Sandhill Cranes, Snow Bunting, and Western Meadowlark. 

Mammals seen in the area within the last week:


Black Bear

Grey Squirrel


Red Fox

Red Squirrel

White-tailed Deer

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

American Black Duck

American Coot

American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Robin

American Tree Sparrow

American Wigeon

American Woodcock

Bald Eagle

Belted Kingfisher

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Blue-winged Teal

Brown Creeper

Canada Goose

Common Raven

Dark-eyed Junco

Downy Woodpecker

Fox Sparrow


Golden-crowned Kinglet

Great Blue Heron

Greater Yellowlegs

Green-winged Teal

Hairy Woodpecker

Hermit Thrush

Horned Lark

House Finch

Lapland Longspur

Lesser Scaup



Northern Harrier

Northern Pintail

Northern Shrike

Pied-billed Grebe

Purple Finch

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-breasted Nuthatch


Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-winged Blackbird

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Rough-legged Hawk

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruffed Grouse

Sandhill Crane

Savannah Sparrow

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Snow Bunting

Song Sparrow

Trumpeter Swan

Western Meadowlark**

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-crowned Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Wild Turkey

Wilson’s Snipe

Wood Duck

Yellow-rumped Warbler