Goose Pond Colony

Male Hooded Merganser, foreground/Credit: Quincey Banks

Goose Pond Colony  (Site # 38, Northeast Loop) is a public recreational development built on a peninsula on the northern side of Guntersville Lake south of Scottsboro. This location makes for some excellent birding, especially during the winter. Stop a …

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Gorham’s Bluff / Coon Gulf

Gorham's Bluff

Gorham’s Bluff (Site #45, Northeast Loop), a planned community, rises on the southern side of Raccoon Creek, a very scenic arm of Guntersville Reservoir.  The Bluff provides an incredible vista of the creek and the surrounding area, as well as exemplif …

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Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area

Bald Eagle Hacking Tower/Credit: ADCNR, Keith Hudson

Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area (Site #42, Northeast Loop) has numerous impoundments that are likely to turn up a great variety of species. Access roads leading into the area also make Mud Creek easy to bird. Check the ponds in fall and winter for d …

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North Sauty Creek WMA / Sauta Cave NWR

Hibernating Indiana bats/Credit: ADCNR, Keith Hudson

North Sauty Creek (Site #39, Northeast Loop) has an excellent display of waterfowl and wading birds that occupy the area. Park on the roadside and scan the creek for waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds, especially during migration or in the winter. …

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Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher/Credit: Gary Kramer/USFWS

The Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve (Site # 40, Northeast Loop) was a working farm until Mr. Whitaker, wishing that future generations be able to enjoy the farm he loved so much, sold it to The Nature Conservancy who now manages it for conser …

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Russell Cave National Monument

Indigo Bunting/Credit: USFWS, Dave Menke

Russell Cave National Monument has been home to wildlife and man for thousands of years. This peaceful setting combines food, water, and shelter with tranquility and beauty. Following the elevated boardwalks and nature trails can lead to eastern woodla …

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Skyline Wildlife Management Area

Ruffed Grouse/Credit: USFWS

Skyline Wildlife Management Area  (Site # 41, Northeast Loop) is an extensive tract of wild lands in northeastern Alabama, which hosts the state’s only population of Ruffed Grouse. This carefully managed area also supports older hardwood forests utiliz …

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Stevenson Town Park

Common Loon/Credit: USFWS, Lee Karney

Stevenson Town Park (Site #43, Northeast Loop) sits on the east side of Crow Creek. The park provides an excellent vantage point from which to scan the open water of the reservoir for Common Loons and Horned Grebes, as well as a variety of waterfowl. During times of low water, look for shorebirds and herons […]

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