North Alabama, Northeast Loop | Marshall | Best Seasons: Fall | Spring | Winter
Kudzu Cove is located on Buck Island in Guntersville, AL. It began as a rental cabin property that has several cabins available to rent. Three fishing ponds are available for visitors as well as birds to catch fish. Resident Belted Kingfishers and Great Blue Herons can be seen year round at these ponds. Green Herons are seen regularly on these ponds from spring to fall. A gazebo is perched on the side of one of these ponds close to a beaver dam. The gazebo is furnished with benches, rocking chairs, fishing platform and even ceiling fans. A bridge spans the pond with benches and a deck built in! I had the privilege of photographing a bald eagle on a tree overhanging this bridge. That was the second experience of seeing an eagle in that tree, the first being a juvenile.
An observation blind was built using cedars that have been cut in development of the property. The blind overlooks a beaver dam and pond on TVA property. Several Redheaded Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers spend their days foraging in the dead pines just yards from the observation blind. Bird feeders are located in the area around this blind to encourage additional songbird activity as well.
Gravel roads are used to navigate the property and can be traveled all the way to the highest point of the property. The views of Guntersville Lake from the top are spectacular. You can see up to 32 miles up river from there on clear days.
There is also a disc golf course on this property. As avid birders, the caretakers of the property immediately began to notice the abundance of species here. The species include, but are not limited to: Bald Eagles, Hawks (Red Tailed, Cooper’s and Sharp-shinned), Merlin, American Kestrel, Woodpeckers (Red-headed, Red-bellied, Pileated, Northern Flicker, Downy), White Pelicans, Belted Kingfisher, Herons (Great Blue and Green), Wild Turkey, and all of the typical songbirds found in the region.
Hours of Operation: Sun up – Sun down GPS: 34.4049, -86.2486
Be sure to check with the location on their website or social media in advance of planning a visit: the hours listed above are typical, but they occasionally have private events which close the park for the weekend.
From Hwy 431 turn at the Mapco onto Buck Island Dr. At the first 4 way stop, turn left onto Buck Island Rd. Drive to the end of the road and turn right into the gravel drive at 1576 Buck Island Rd. to enter the property. Take the second gravel drive to the right to find the gravel parking area.
Buck’s Pocket State Park, Morgan’s Cove, and South Sauty Creek
Buck’s Pocket State Park’s wooded pocket canyon is complete with singing Red-eyed Vireos, Wood Thrushes, and Scarlet Tanagers. The park is also host to some interesting surprises during migration.
Guntersville Dam North
The north side of Guntersville Dam is similar to the south side and also provides boat access to Painted Bluff a few miles downstream. However, the north side of the dam is usually better for viewing Bald Eagles. Active eagle nests have been seen on …
Guntersville Dam South
Guntersville Dam (Site #36, Northeast Loop) impounds the 67,900-acre Guntersville Reservoir in northeastern Alabama. The Tennessee Valley Authority manages the dam for electricity production and flood control. The dam makes an excellent vantage point …
The reservoir is at its best in winter, when waterfowl is plentiful, often supporting rafts of Red-breasted Mergansers, Lesser Scaup, Gadwalls, Ruddy Ducks as well as Common Loons and Horned Grebes.
Guntersville State Park, Town Creek and Drive
Guntersville State Park is one of the premier birding areas in northeastern Alabama. Renowned for its Eagle Awareness Weekends, the park is best visited in the winter. During this time, look for dense populations of waterfowl, and the chance to spy a …
Murphy Hill was supposed to be developed as a power plant. Fortunately for both birds and birders, these plans fell through and the area now hosts a huge variety of habitats ripe for exploration. As you walk through open areas, listen for Yellow-brea …