Wildlife Update: January 26, 2021

Weather has been exceptionally warm for a Northern Wisconsin January. In the Grantsburg area we have had a lot of days with highs in the 20’s and even into the 30’s. We have had few days with lows below zero. We have had a few small snow storms so far this winter, but those have also been few and far between.

Roads in Crex Meadows and Fish Lake have been somewhat icy recently, so it is best to drive slowly through the wildlife areas at this time. As always, roads are plowed by the township throughout the winter, but are a lower priority that the other roads and may be plowed a bit later on.

There are plenty of winter birds to be seen in the area right now, though recent sightings have been a bit minimal. 

Bird highlights for the past week include: Snow Bunting, Rough-legged Hawk, Sharp-tailed Grouse, and Lapland Longspur. Also be on the lookout for other winter birds, such as Snowy Owl, Golden Eagle, White-winged Crossbill, Red Crossbill, and Pine Grosbeak (even though they weren't on the list this week, there have already been sightings this winter). 

Winter is also a the perfect time to get out and look for animal tracks! We have also been seeing many different mammal tracks all over the roads of Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, and Amsterdam Sloughs, including those of Grey Wolves, Coyotes, Red Fox, Fisher, and more. You might even get lucky and see tracks from a Bobcat or a River Otter while out exploring!



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




American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Tree Sparrow

Bald Eagle

Barred Owl

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Brown Creeper

Common Raven





Common Redpoll

Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

Horned Lark

Lapland Longspur

Northern Cardinal

Northern Shrike

Pileated Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker







Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-tailed Hawk

Ring-necked Pheasant

Rough-legged Hawk

Ruffed Grouse

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Snow Bunting

White-breasted Nuthatch




Mammals Spotted:

Coyote (tracks)


Grey Squirrel

Grey Wolf (tracks)

Red Fox

Red Squirrel

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!

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