Recent Bird Sightings

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Below are the most recent sightings for various locations along the Refuge.  

Sightings are updated as reports come in from staff and volunteers.

If you are interested in reporting sightings please contact the Refuge at 608-779-2399.

Happy Birding!

 

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  • Refuge Highlights

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    Last Updated: 12/21/2017

    Bald Eagles can be seen fishing and hunting on the edges of the ice and from tree perches along the River.

     

     

  • Weaver Bottoms - Lower Pool 5

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    Updated 10/14/2018


     Dabblers: 2,000 mostly American wigeon with some gadwall, mallard, pintail, and northern shoveler

    Divers: 2,000-3,000 mostly canvasbacks with some redhead and ring-necked ducks

    Highlights: 2,000-3,000 American coots and less than a dozen trumpeter swans

     

     

  • Trempealeau NWR - Pool 6

  • Lake Onalaska Overlook - Lower Pool 7

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    Updated 10/14/2018

    Large flocks of Pelicans can be seen across the lake loafing near the Minnesota border.

    Occasional Bald Eagles can be seen flying overhead and perching on nearby trees.

  • Shady Maple Overlook - Lower Pool 8

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    Updated 12/19/2017

    Winter is here!  The majority of the River is frozen and most of the birds have migrated south.

    Bald Eagles are always still a highlight during the winter months and can often be seen on the ice or perched in nearby trees.


     

  • Brownsville Overlook - Lower Pool 8

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    Updated 12/19/2017

    Winter is here!  The majority of the River is frozen and most of the birds have migrated south.

    Bald Eagles are always still a highlight during the winter months and can often be seen on the ice or perched in nearby trees.


     

  • Hwy 26 Overlook - Lower Pool 8

       Updated 12/18/2017

    The area directly in front of the overlook is largely frozen, so no waterbirds were observed. A few eagles flew past while I was in the area, but I didn’t see any perched on the ice or on woody structure near the facility. Farther out in the pool, about 75 swans were in an open lead (probably in Middle Slough) at the upper end of Pumpkinseed Island. Additional swans (<10) and about 10-15 Canada geese were in an another open lead (appeared also to be in Middle Slough) on the west side of same island.

  • Reno Walk-in - Lower Pool 8

    Updated 12/18/2017

    The main channel in Pool 8 is mostly open to the lower end of Lawrence Lake. From there, the channel is frozen with a few open leads. Raft Channel is also mostly frozen. Eagles can be observed standing on the ice around some of the leads or on the ice bordering the open channel. Finally, there was a pair of mallards in the open water in Schnicks Bay, just below the Wildcat Creek.

  • Savanna District - Pools 12-14

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