Fall Bird watching Trip With Friends

Every fall I invite my friends to follow me on an adventure to see swans at Brownsville Overlook! I can't miss this migration sensation and I have to share this experience with my friends. We leave Winona, MN at 7 am. Sometimes we can see the swan ballet - swans falling out of the sky and landing on the river refuge. We listen to the calls of the swans. We discuss how amazing it would be to spend the night in a boat house listening to their calls. We head south on Hwy 26 and make a quick stop at the Hwy 26 overlook. We are so close to Iowa I take them down to the City Meat Market in New Albin, Iowa. We grab some of their home-made jerky for the road trip back up to LaCrescent, MN. We cross the Mississippi River on HWY 14 and connect with HWY 35 south. We stop at the Shady Maple Overlook looking for pintail ducks and other waterfowl. The whole trip takes us a half-day or longer as we enjoy the birds of the river.

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Brownsville Overlook - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
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Brownsville Overlook - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
My favorite place to watch swans!

Visitors stopping at Brownsville Overlook have an opportunity to witness a wildlife spectacle on the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge.  Each fall migrating Tundra Swans blanket the river with a sea of white.  Witnessing…

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Highway 26 Overlook - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
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Highway 26 Overlook - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
This stop is only .5 miles from Brownsville Overlook.

This site is just one stopping point along the 261 mile long Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge  established by Congress in 1924.  The north end of the refuge begins at the confluence of the Mississippi and Chippewa rivers…

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Shady Maple Overlook - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
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Shady Maple Overlook - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
Natural Area | Fish and Wildlife Refuge or Sanctuary
I've heard this area is called, "Pintail Alley" because of the number of pintail ducks feeding here in the fall.

View birds from this overlook. Easy access off HIghway 35.

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My sister took me to the Brownsville Overlook in 2013 I want to go back!

Duffy Herndon, 8/30/2016

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1 Brownsville Overlook - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
2 Highway 26 Overlook - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge
3 Shady Maple Overlook - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge