North Alabama, Northeast Loop | Jackson | Best Seasons: Fall | Spring | Summer | Winter
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 dabbling ducks such as Mallards, Gadwalls, American Wigeons, and Green-winged Teals. Blue-winged Teals are more likely to be found during migration periods, while American Coots and Common Moorhens can be seen at any time. The area is also a favorite for wading birds with Great Blue and Green herons being especially numerous. Mud Creek was the hatching site from which Bald Eagles were first reintroduced to Alabama’s Tennessee River Valley. Many of the eagles now seen throughout the area are the descendents of the original birds released at Mud Creek.
GPS: N 34.7768, W 85.8593
ADCNR: Area Biologist
4101 Ala. Hwy 21 N.
Jacksonville, AL 36265
From the intersection of US Highway 72 and AL Highway 279 in southern Scottsboro, travel east on US Highway 72 for 12.4 miles to CR 116. Turn right onto CR 116 and drive 1.1 miles to CR 141. Turn left onto CR 141 and go 0.2 miles and turn right onto a gravel road. Follow the gravel road for 1.4 miles to the pumping station.
ACES-Graham Farm & Nature Center
Fantastic birding opportunities abound at the 491 acre Nature Center. Sightings of Cerulean Warblers, American Redstarts, and Worm-eating Warblers have all been reported. Flycatchers are typically seen during summer months. Loggerhead Shrikes can be …
Goose Pond Colony
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 …
Gorham’s Bluff / Coon Gulf
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 exempl …
North Sauty Creek WMA / Sauta Cave NWR
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 winte …
Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve
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 cons …
Russell Cave National Monument
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 wood …