Sites | Bird Blog RSS feed for this section

Birding Backbone Creek

Off The Porch with Judy and Don Self The many blocks of the David K. Nelson (formerly Demopolis) Wildlife Management Area offer some exceptional birding opportunities.  One of our favorites is Backbone Creek in southernmost Greene County.  It’s located just a few miles northeast of Demopolis and provides easy access to the backwaters of the […]

Continue Reading Comments Off

Birding Haines Island Park, Monroe County

by Judy and Don Self For a variety of habitats in a compact area, it’s hard to beat the US Corps of Engineers Haines Island Park. Whether you’re inclined to drive, hike, canoe or kayak, Haines Island offers a fantastic opportunity to observe nature in a unique setting. Birding can be spectacular in April and […]

Continue Reading Comments Off

Give the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) a try!

OFF THE PORCH with Judy and Don Self Okay, so February is here.  Deer and duck season have come and gone; neither of our football teams won the national championship; and you feel a bad case of cabin fever coming on.  Well, I have a solution, at least for four days at mid-month.  Give the […]

Continue Reading Comments Off

Winter in Alabama’s Black Belt

OFF THE PORCH with Judy and Don Self Winter kinda sneaks-up on you in west central Alabama. Sometime in the last couple of months the riot of colors that was fall has been replaced with the subtler browns and grays of winter. Even the green of the pines and holly seem subdued. The winter rains […]

Continue Reading Comments Off

Birding the Wetlands Around Jackson

by Judy and Don Self Alabama birders have long enjoyed birding the Jackson Water Treatment Ponds (see page 65 of A Birder’s Guide to Alabama, Porter editor, 2001). But we only recently stumbled upon two additional gems located just 3.5 miles to the west of the treatment ponds. Parker Lake and Kimbell Lake are owned […]

Continue Reading Comments Off

Birding Chickasaw State Park

Off the Porch with Judy and Don Self During a recent Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Blue-headed vireos, loggerhead shrikes, and hermit thrushes were plentiful, but we had to work for greater yellowlegs and fox and white-crowned sparrows. Bald eagles, hooded mergansers and our sharp-shinned hawk, which regularly terrorizes our feeders, chose to take a […]

Continue Reading Comments Off

Winter Birding at Monroe County Lake

by Judy and Don Self Beatrice, Monroe County, Alabama (Site 14 on the Piney Woods Birding Trail) Birding Monroe County Lake in the winter when there is less human activity around the lake is guaranteed to produce some interesting birds.  Our visit on a recent January was no exception.  Birds were literally everywhere! Directions from […]

Continue Reading Comments Off

Birding the Claiborne Dam Site East Park, Monroe County, AL

By Don and Judy Self The Claiborne Dam Site East Park  US Corps of Engineers facility is one of the few places on the Piney Woods Birding Trail that has it all.  In addition to its variety of habitats, it is the take-out for paddles from the Corps of Engineers Parks located upriver (PWBT stops […]

Continue Reading Comments Off

Bird-watching Hot Spots in Alabama

Thanks to a long-term project of the Alabama Tourism Department and the Alabama Department of Conservation, Alabama has a much easier way to be part of the great eco-vacation explosion: the Alabama Birding Trails. With over 430 bird species documented in Alabama, there’s more to see here than you can imagine. Watching a Bald Eagle […]

Continue Reading Comments ( 1 )

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Hosts A Celebration of Cranes

Whooping Crane

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge will hold its first Festival of the Cranes, a one-day event filled with refuge tours, up-close viewings, workshops, live raptors, and nature walks, January 12, 2013, kicking off a year-long celebration of Wheeler’s 75th anniversary. The celebration of Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes will bring together experienced birders and those who […]

Continue Reading Comments Off

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in the Black Belt

If I were pressed to name my 10 favorite birds, one of the birds on that list would be the Scissor-tailed flycatcher. But they are very, very scarce here in Alabama. Although they have been nesting here for several years, the summer birds are few and far between — probably fewer than a dozen pairs […]

Continue Reading Comments Off

Still Time for Winter Visitors

I had the opportunity spend a day at beautiful Weiss Lake, near Centre and Leesburg in NE Alabama. What a lovely place — with an abundance of good songbird habitat on the way up, and the extensive lake gave me the opportunity to commune with a  reasonably good number of winter visitants still present at […]

Continue Reading Comments Off