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After hiking at Banning State Park we headed for Grantsburg, Wisconsin. We were debating whether to stop at Crex Meadows. When we reached Grantsburg it was high noon and we figured we wouldn’t see any wildlife at that time of day. We finally decided to drive around the dikes and look around. Turned out to be one of the best wildlife days we have had at Crex.

We hadn’t gone far when we encountered several Sandhill Cranes in the grass.

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A little further along my wife notice a Bull Snake crossing the road. I had trouble getting a photo of it because I was using my birding lens and the snake kept getting too close to me.

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We had stopped along the road to look for birds and noticed this friendly Snow Bunting right by the car. Normally they are skittish but this one just hung around the car and let me take photos of it. When we returned later in the afternoon it was still in the same place.

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It was a beautiful warm day and the Painted Turtles were out sunning themselves.

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There were a pair of Blue-winged Teal in the water near the road. They seemed oblivious to the fact that we were right next to them.

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We noticed American Coots at various small ponds around the Meadows.

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As we were driving along I noticed a Muskrat swimming next to the car. As I watched it seemed to be frantically swimming around. Soon we noticed a second one. We then realized that they were mating.

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We saw a number of Canada Geese nesting in the Meadows.

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There were a number of Pied-billed Grebes to be found throughout the Meadows.

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The most common bird in the Meadows on this day were the Trumpeter Swans.

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2 Comments

  1. Several weeks ago you had a paper pieced quilt pattern by Mary Richards. Could you ask her to contact me? I’ve been looking for a sandhill crane pattern for years. Thanks for any help you can provide. Patt

    • I can forward the message to her but she did not have a pattern she used one of my photos as the pattern.


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