Wildlife Update: July 16, 2021

It is summertime in the Grantsburg Area! And summertime means that it is baby animal season. There are lots of young birds and mammals around to see, but visitors should remember to always keep wildlife wild by enjoying animals from a distance.

Weather has pretty much just been very hot and dry over the last couple of weeks. We did have a couple of days that had some rain showers, but they didn’t last long. These conditions mean that the fire danger is in the moderate to high categories for this weekend and into next week.

We have had many sightings of fawns and bear cubs recently, so keep your eyes peeled as you drive around the properties!

One of the highlights from a couple of weeks ago was a White-tailed Kite, which is an extremely rare bird for this area. You will not see it on our sightings list from the past week, but keep your eyes peeled just in case it decided to stick around the area!



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




Alder Flycatcher

American Bittern

American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Kestrel

American Redstart

American Robin

Bald Eagle

Baltimore Oriole

Barn Swallow

Barred Owl

Belted Kingfisher

Black Tern

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Blue-winged Teal


Brown Thrasher

Brown-headed Cowbird

Canada Goose

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chipping Sparrow

Clay-colored Sparrow

Cliff Swallow

Common Grackle

Common Loon

Common Raven

Common Yellowthroat


Downy Woodpecker

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Phoebe





Eastern Towhee

Eastern Whip-poor-will

Eastern Wood-pewee

Field Sparrow

Golden-winged Warbler

Grasshopper Sparrow

Gray Catbird

Great Blue Heron

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Horned Owl

Greater Yellowlegs

Green Heron

Hairy Woodpecker

Hooded Merganser

Indigo Bunting


Least Bittern

Least Flycatcher

Least Sandpiper

Lesser Yellowlegs


Marsh Wren

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Northern Flicker

Northern Harrier

Northern Rough-winged Swallow



Pectoral Sandpiper

Pied-billed Grebe

Pine Warbler

Purple Martin

Red-bellied Woodpecker







Red-eyed Vireo

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-necked Grebe

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-winged Blackbird

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Rock Pigeon

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruffed Grouse

Sandhill Crane

Scarlet Tanager

Sedge Wren

Solitary Sandpiper

Song Sparrow


Spotted Sandpiper

Swamp Sparrow

Tree Swallow

Trumpeter Swan

Turkey Vulture

Upland Sandpiper


Vesper Sparrow

Virginia Rail

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey

Wilson's Snipe

Wood Duck

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-throated Vireo




Mammals Spotted:


Black Bear

Eastern Chipmunk

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

Fox Squirrel

Grey Squirrel

Grey Wolf


Red Fox

Red Squirrel

River Otter

Striped Skunk

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!