Wildlife Update: April 1, 2020

Spring migration is in full swing in the Grantsburg Area! We have had lovely spring weather within the last couple of weeks, with several days in the high 50’s!

Because our spring thaw was gradual this year, our roads are staying in decent condition for driving around the property. The township also continues to groom the roads throughout the year, so travel through should not be an issue. However, staff recommend that visitors stick to the main roads, as some trails are in rough shape.

 Driving around you will also notice that flowages are losing their ice more and more each day. If we continue to see warm weather and rain in the coming days, the ice will break up even faster. This increasing amount of open water will allow waterfowl to disperse throughout the area to find their nesting locations.


Highlights this week:

  • Sharp-tailed Grouse are dancing on their leks on Crex Meadows! Try heading up to Murphey’s Road, on the North end of Crex, and you may be able to see them from the road.

  • There are many trumpeter swans on the property, claiming their nesting sites. Try driving past Phantom Lake to see lots of swans!

  • We are adding more waterfowl species to our sightings list every week. Arrivals this week include Bufflehead, American Black Duck, Gadwall, Lesser Scaup, Green-winged Teal, and Northern Pintail.

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




American Black Duck

American Crow

American Goldfinch

American Kestrel

American Robin

American Tree Sparrow

American Wigeon

American Woodcock

Bald Eagle

Barred Owl

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay


Cackling Goose

Canada Goose

Common Goldeneye

Common Grackle

Common Loon

Common Merganser

Common Raven

Dark-eyed Junco

Downy Woodpecker





Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Meadowlark

European Starling

Fox Sparrow


Great Blue Heron

Great Horned Owl

Green-winged Teal

Hooded Merganser

Horned Lark

House Sparrow


Lesser Scaup


Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Northern Harrier

Northern Pintail

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northern Shrike

Pileated Woodpecker

Purple Finch







Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-headed Woodpecker

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-winged Blackbird

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Pheasant

Rock Pigeon

Rough-legged Hawk

Ruffed Grouse

Sandhill Crane

Sharp-tailed Grouse

Snow Goose

Song Sparrow

Trumpeter Swan

Tundra Swan

Turkey Vulture

White-breasted Nuthatch

Wild Turkey

Wood Duck




Mammals Spotted:


Grey Squirrel

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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