The Jackson Water Treatment Ponds are surrounded by a regularly locked, tall chain link fence and a spotting scope is recommended, though not a necessity. Purple Gallinules, Snowy and Great egrets, Little Blue Herons, and Wood Ducks are regulars along the dikes separating the ponds. Watch the willows in the western pond for Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. Black Terns and Swallow-tailed Kites may be present in late summer, and American Bitterns are winter residents. During migration, all of the eastern species of swallows may visit these ponds. The site is described in A Birder’s Guide to Alabama (Porter, 2001, page 65).
Directions: From the intersection of US Highway 43 (mile marker 59.6)and Alabama Highway 177 in Jackson go 1.8 miles south on Alabama 177 to the intersection with Clarke County Road 15 (Depot Road). Turn right (south) onto Clarke 15 and go 1.5 miles to the intersection with Clarke County Road 2 (Gainestown Road), turn left (east) on Clarke 2 and go 0.2 miles. The Jackson Water Treatment Ponds and unpaved parking area are on the left (north) side of the road.
GPS: N 31° 29.406’ / W 87° 52.785’
Amenities: Handicap access, Parking