Spring trip to Crex Meadows

Pam and I took a trip up to Crex Meadows near Grantsburg, Wisocnsin last week to see what the wildlife area had to offer in early spring. We were fortunate to have great weather for our 2 day stay and got to see a lot of wildlife.

We met with Kim Wheeler, Natural Resources Educator at the Visitor Center when we arrived. Kim was extremely helpful with current information about wildlife in the area and pointed out interesting areas on the wildlife area maps.

It appeared that the only thing missing was the variety of small, colorful song birds that populate the area later in the spring. Of course we were also to early for the chicks and hatchlings. Some of the birds we did see and photograph were Yellow-rumped Warblers, Northern Flickers, Robins, Red-winged Blackbirds, Sparrows, a variety of ducks, Pied-billed Grebes, Canadian Geese, Trumpeter Swans, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, turtles deer and Bald Eagles. I am sure I missed noting others that were also around.

I picked out some of the images that I took and posted them on this blog. As always please enjoy them.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I also included a landscape image I took of East Lake Winona and Sugarloaf on Easter Sunday morning shortly after sunrise.

These images are best when viewed larger. Just click on the image to enlarge it.

A Mallard taking off.
A pair of turtles enjoying the sun.
A Butter Butt, aka Yellow-rumped Warbler.
A confident Sandhill Crane feeding in the marsh.
A Bald Eagle sitting on a rather large nest. We did not see any eaglets
so we assumed there were just eggs in the nest.
This Eagle was perched a couple of branches away from the nest.
A Yellow-shafted Flicker captured in the morning light.
This Trumpeter Swan was preening and stretching  his leg. What a huge
A feeding Trumpeter Swan.
A Common Loon in breeding plumage.

Sugarloaf on Easter Sunday morning.


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