Wildlife Update: June 8, 2021

The springtime migration is still happening in the Grantsburg Area. We have passed the peak time, but there are still plenty of birds to be seen on Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, and Amsterdam Sloughs Wildlife Areas!

The weather has been HOT and humid the past week, with temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s. This heat looks like it will continue for at least the next ten days! There also has not been much for rain within the past week, so things are a bit dry.

In addition to all of the interesting species that we are still getting through for migration, we are also seeing more and more baby birds popping up. Last week we saw the first broods of Trumpeter Swan cygnets hatching, and more will be appearing within the next few days.

Highlights from this week include: American White Pelican, Black-bellied Plover, Blue-winged Warbler, Bobolink, Caspian Tern, Dickcissel, Dunlin, Grasshopper Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow, LeConte’s Sparrow, Merlin, Orchard Oriole, Red-necked Phalarope, and Wilson’s Phalarope.  



Birds spotted in Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and Grantsburg Area within the last week:




Alder Flycatcher

American Bittern

American Coot

American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Kestrel

American Redstart

American Robin

American White Pelican

American Woodcock

Bald Eagle

Baltimore Oriole

Bank Swallow

Barn Swallow

Barred Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Black Tern

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-bellied Plover

Black-billed Cuckoo

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-headed Vireo

Blue-winged Teal

Blue-winged Warbler


Broad-winged Hawk

Brown Thrasher

Brown-headed Cowbird

Canada Goose

Cape May Warbler

Caspian Tern

Cedar Waxwing

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Cliff Swallow

Common Grackle

Common Loon

Common Merganser

Common Nighthawk

Common Raven

Common Tern

Common Yellowthroat

Cooper's Hawk

Dark-eyed Junco


Double-crested Cormorant

Downy Woodpecker


Eastern Bluebird





Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Whip-poor-will

Eastern Wood-pewee

European Starling

Field Sparrow

Golden-winged Warbler

Grasshopper Sparrow

Gray Catbird

Great Blue Heron

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Egret

Great Horned Owl

Greater Yellowlegs

Green Heron

Green-winged Teal

Hairy Woodpecker

Henslow's Sparrow

Hooded Merganser

Horned Lark

House Finch

House Sparrow

House Wren

Indigo Bunting


Lark Sparrow

Least Bittern

Least Flycatcher

LeConte's Sparrow

Lesser Scaup


Marsh Wren


Mourning Dove

Mourning Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker

Northern Harrier

Northern Parula

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Orchard Oriole



Pied-billed Grebe

Pileated Woodpecker

Pine Siskin

Pine Warbler

Purple Finch

Purple Martin







Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked Phalarope

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-winged Blackbird

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Rock Pigeon

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruffed Grouse

Sandhill Crane

Savannah Sparrow

Scarlet Tanager

Sedge Wren

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Solitary Sandpiper

Song Sparrow


Spotted Sandpiper

Swainson's Hawk

Swamp Sparrow

Tennessee Warbler

Tree Swallow

Trumpeter Swan

Turkey Vulture

Upland Sandpiper


Vesper Sparrow

Virginia Rail

Warbling Vireo

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey

Willow Flycatcher

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Warbler

Wood Duck

Wood Thrush

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated Vireo




Mammals Spotted:

Black Bear


Grey Squirrel


Red Fox

Red Squirrel

River Otter

White-tailed Deer

**See something out on our properties that isn’t on the list? Feel free to send us a report or stop in and tell us the story! We are always happy to hear observations from our visitors!