Last spring we hit the Sandhill Crane migration just right near Kearney, Nebraska at the end of March.
Near Monticello, MN northwest of the Twin Cities there is open water on the Mississippi River where Trumpeter Swans stop in January on their migration north.
If you ever get a chance to drive the Great River Road (Mississippi River) near Wabasha, MN then stopping at the National Eagle Center is a must. This time of year you might also see bald eagles in flight and as many as you can count in the trees across the river. We counted over 50 once.
Not far from our house there are nesting pairs of bald eagles on Big Island on Lake Minnetonka. In years past we have snowshoed and kayaked (obviously depending on the time of year) to check their status.
Two years ago this bald eagle was stalking us and hanging around up on the Gunflint Trail in northern Minnesota. Did he/she know we had a cat in our RV?