Wildlife Update: October 3, 2022

Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area

Wildlife Update: October 3, 2022

Summer Visitor Center Hours

Weekdays from 9:00 am- 5:30 pm

Weekends 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

The fall season is in full swing here in the Grantsburg Area! Temperatures have finally cooled down to what we normally have this time of year, with most days in the mid 60’s. We have also had our first couple of frosts within the past week. Some flowages are a bit low on Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, and Amsterdam Sloughs, but we are hoping for more rain, so they come up a bit more for the rest of the fall hunting seasons. However, visitors may want to take advantage of the lower water levels for shorebird viewing while there are still some species hanging around! Try driving past Dikes 4 & 5 to look for yellowlegs, and a few more. Shorebirds aren’t the only migrants moving through the area right now! We have also been seeing many different waterfowl species, and more and more Sandhill Cranes show up each day. Sandhill crane migration won’t peak until mid to late October, but there are still plenty to be seen within the next couple of weeks before the peak! Our best viewing location so far is on Fish Lake Wildlife Area, on Grettum Dike Road! Try heading there in the morning as the sun rises, or in the evening as the sun sets to see the largest groups flying around! Bird highlights: American Pipit, Great Egret, Horned Lark, Lapland Longspur, Northern Pintail, Sharp-tailed Grouse, and more!

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 surrounding area!

American Coot

American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Kestrel

American Pipit

American Woodcock

Bald Eagle

Barred Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Blue-winged Teal

Canada Goose

Common Raven

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Phoebe

European Starling

Gray Catbird

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Greater Yellowlegs

Green-winged Teal

Horned Lark


Lapland Longspur


Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker

Northern Harrier

Northern Pintail

Palm Warbler

Pied-billed Grebe

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-tailed Hawk

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ruffed Grouse

Sandhill Crane

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Song Sparrow

Trumpeter Swan

Turkey Vulture

White-crowned Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Wild Turkey

Wilson’s Snipe

Wood Duck

Yellow-rumped Warbler