Wisconsin Birding Opportunities in the Driftless Area
Warmer temperatures mean that wildlife and bird activity pick up, especially for waterfowl and water birds. Take a step outside your door, and you’ll hear that bird song is much more prevalent, as cardinals, chickadees, finches, robins, and sparrows increased their vocal activity. The hilly terrain and lush vegetation found throughout the Driftless Area, in addition to its close proximity to the Mississippi River Flyway, combines for unparalleled Wisconsin birding. If you’re a Wisconsin birding enthusiast, then stay at our beautiful Vacation Rental, located in the heart of Driftless Wisconsin.
The Mississippi Flyway is a bird migration route that generally follows the Mississippi River in the United States. Due to the abundant quantities of food and water found here, approximately 40% of the migrating birds in North America use this route, lending to the wonderful Wisconsin birding opportunities throughout the Driftless Area. There are six sites in Crawford County and four sites in Vernon County that have been listed on the Great Wisconsin Birding and Nature Trail, and are therefore wonderful places for birders of all levels of experience to start. For up to date Wisconsin birding information, visit Wisconsin eBird, where you’ll find detailed reports of sightings and the movement of your favorite species.
Snowy owls show no obvious signs of departure through Wisconsin, though that will change soon. If you haven’t had the chance to see one of these magnificent birds yet, then now is the perfect time to get outside to hopefully catch a glimpse before they are gone for the season. According to current Wisconsin birding reports from the state Deparment of Natural Resources, birders across the state have been reporting widespread arrivals of sandhill cranes, great blue herons, and even the occasional killdeer. Some lakes and rivers have also started to open up, providing ample habitat for migrating ducks and geese. Spend a day in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve, and you may have the chance to spot the Acadian flycatcher, cerulean warbler, or the Kentucky warbler, among other bird species. Other birds you may see in the area are bald eagles, redtail hawks, Eastern bluebirds, indigo buntings, Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, goldfinches, ruby-throated hummingbirds, eastern meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, rusty blackbirds, grackles and a widespread arrival of American robins and song sparrows. A day spent bird-watching in Driftless Wisconsin is a wonderful way to spend a sunny spring day. Pack your binoculars, and book your stay at our Driftless Wisconsin Vacation Rental today for this exciting opportunity.
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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