Wildlife Update: July 6, 2020

Weather has been extremely hot in the Grantsburg area within the last two weeks. We have had most days with temperatures in the high 80’s, and some days into the 90’s. This hot weather is supposed to continue for at least the next week. If you have plans to come visit Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, or Amsterdam Sloughs properties, it is a good idea to come before the hottest parts of the day (morning or late evening), as wildlife will be more active at those times.

Even though the spring migration has mostly come to a close, there is still lots of wildlife to be seen this time of the year! This is a great time to come out to try to see young wildlife with their parents. We have many families of Trumpeter Swans, Sandhill Cranes, various Ducks, Black Bear, Whitetail Deer, and much more!

Highlights on our list this week were: River Otter, Fisher, Least Bittern, American Bittern, Bobolink, Dickcissel, Golden-winged Warbler, and Red-necked Grebe.

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




American Bittern

American Black Duck

American Goldfinch

American Redstart

American Robin

Bald Eagle

Baltimore Oriole

Barn Swallow

Barred Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Black Tern

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-billed Cuckoo

Black-capped Chickdee

Blue Jay

Blue-winged Teal


Brewer's Blackbird

Brown Thrasher

Brown-headed Cowbird

Canada Goose

Cedar Waxwing

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Common Grackle

Common Loon

Common Nighthawk

Common Raven

Common Yellowthroat


Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Kingbird





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

Green Heron

Green-winged Teal

Hairy Woodpecker

Hermit Thrush

Hooded Merganser

House Wren

Indigo Bunting


Least Bittern

Lesser Scaup


Marsh Wren

Mourning Dove

Nashville Warbler

Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker

Northern Harrier



Pied-billed Grebe

Pileated Woodpecker







Pine Warbler

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-necked Grebe

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-winged Blackbird

Ring-necked Duck

Rock Pigeon

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Sandhill Crane

Savannah Sparrow

Scarlet Tanager

Sedge Wren

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Song Sparrow

Spotted Sandpiper

Swamp Sparrow

Tree Swallow

Trumpeter Swan

Turkey Vulture


Warbling Vireo

White-breated Nuthatch

Wild Turkey

Wilson's Snipe

Wood Duck

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-throated Vireo




Mammals Spotted:


Black Bear

Eastern Chipmunk


Fox Squirrel

Grey Squirrel

Gray Wolf



Red Fox

Red Squirrel

River Otter

White-tailed Deer

Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel

**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!

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