Foscue Creek Park is situated on the banks of Demopolis Lake in a triangular shape, narrowing from the open short-grass fields near the entrance gate, to wildflower and short brushy meadows near the crossing roads that lead to the campsites. Bird this area for a variety of sparrows, particularly in the cooler months, and for Eastern Bluebirds and wrens. Loggerhead Shrikes are often seen here throughout the year and American Kestrels hunt the open fields from late fall through early spring. Search the edges of the fields for soaring hawks.
Beyond the gatehouse and the crossing roads for the campgrounds, the main road leads north to mixed hardwood bottomland forest. The woods are draped in Spanish moss and Northern Parulas are abundant from March through September. Great Crested and Acadian Flycatchers, Orchard Orioles, Indigo Buntings, American Redstarts, and a variety of vireos breed here. Hooded Warblers and Wood Thrushes are well-distributed in the understory. Red-shouldered Hawks and Barred Owls are easily located in these woods year-round. Red-bellied, Downy, and Red-headed Woodpeckers are common. Pileated Woodpeckers are present, too, but less numerous.
Follow the main road northward to the point of the triangle. The road terminates at the shores of Demopolis Lake. Scan the shoreline for wading birds, including Wood Storks in late summer and fall. Belted Kingfishers are always present. Wood Ducks breed here and you can see small rafts of other waterfowl in the winter and in migration.
Foscue Creek Park is fully staffed and beautifully maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is immaculate, safe, has clean restrooms, good roads, ample parking, and excellent birding. The campground has 54 camping sites with electric and water hookups, impact pad, picnic table, lantern holder and fire right with grill.
Directions: From Demopolis, Alabama, drive three miles west on U.S. Highway 80, and turn right at Maria Street. Go approximately two miles and follow signs to the campground entrance.
GPS: 32.512838 -87.87181
Foscue Creek Park Campground
1800 Lock and Dam Road
Demopolis, AL 36732