Birding in the Driftless Area in the Fall
The beauty of fall in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area is evident along every ridge, valley, and bend in the road. If you can take your eyes off the vibrant fall colors, a quick glance to the skies will reveal the many flocks of birds heading south in search of warmer winter weather. The steeply rising bluffs and beautiful river valleys that characterize our unique region of southwestern Wisconsin happen to be the perfect place to witness the fall bird migration. The Driftless Area truly is a birding paradise during the fall, coupling unbelievably beautiful vistas and a tremendous diversity of bird species together into one enjoyable experience. With over 300 bird species taking flight, fall is a great time to come search the skies with us. Book your room at our Wisconsin Vacation Rental, which is located near some of the best birding destinations in the state of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin’s Best Birding Locations
The Driftless region of Wisconsin is situated along the Great River Road and the heavily-traveled Mississippi Flyway. Over 300 species of birds frequent the migration routes here, including popular waterfowl species such as the Canadian geese, mallards, tundra swans, wood ducks, canvasbacks, and diving ducks such as redheads, buffleheads, and ruddy ducks. In the Driftless Area, you’ll find over 250 miles of incredible scenery and protected natural areas that provide the perfect habitat for birding. In fact, the scenic overlooks along the Mississippi River offer some of the best places in North America to view majestic bald eagles. Head to the forested trails of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve or the Kickapoo River Wildlife Area to spot some of the forest birds migrating through the area, such as the red-shouldered hawk, Acadian flycatcher, wood thrush, cerulean warbler, and the Kentucky warbler. Other popular, and highly scenic places to spend your day birding include Wildcat Mountain State Park, Wyalusing State Park over looking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers, and the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.
Our discussion of fall birding in the Driftless Area would be incomplete without mention of the stunning Tundra Swan Migration that happens each fall. Tundra Swans are one of the worlds most majestic creatures. It’s a treat to watch them floating on regional waters, listening for the tell-tale flap of their wings as they take flight. Though these birds breed in the arctic, they winter in warm southern clients, sometimes flying as much as 3,725 miles between their two homes. The Tundra Swan migration, highly regarded as one of the most beautiful birding events of the year, begins in October and generally peaks around mid-November. Don’t miss these incredible birding opportunities in the Driftless Area. Book your room with us this fall at our Wisconsin Vacation Rental, and enjoy what is sure to be another spectacular fall bird migration.
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15662 Vance Rd
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin 54655
Our family stayed in mid-August. We had a very relaxing visit. The house is comfortable and the property is encircled by hills, making the experience a unique getaway. We enjoyed building bonfires each night, hanging out in the nice living room and taking the surprisingly lengthy hikes that are all on the property. Mornings started with coffee on the second story porch overlooking the meadow and hills, evenings ended with zero noise except that made by nature or our family. Each night there was a canopy of bright stars that weren't diluted by light pollution. We enjoyed hiking Wildcat Mountain, canoeing down the Kickapoo, roasting smores and hanging out. My son and I tried our luck at trout fishing in a nearby stream (Tainter?). It was an enjoyable, unique experience although we didn't catch anything. We'll be back.
- Dave, Eau Claire, WI