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The Parks of West Point Dam

The Parks of West Point Dam are strategically positioned to offer a variety of locations for enjoying the rich birding opportunities around the dam. The various parks also offer panoramic views of the lake, notable for winter gulls and terns. The woods surrounding the Lake are rather open, mostly mature pine and mixed oak, with a good variety of songbirds and raptors. The major attraction here is panoramic views of the lake, notable for winter gulls and terns. Look for loons and other waterfowl in colder months, swallows and Purple Martins in the warmer ones. Bald Eagles and Osprey nest in the vicinity. A good spot for rarities, including Great Cormorant, watch the easy-to-see gulls carefully, as numerous unusual gulls can be present along with the more common varieties.

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Fox Creek at Lake Wedowee

Fox Creek offers good access for birding where Fox Creek empties into Lake Wedowee, adjacent to the Fox Creek boat ramp. The terrain is a great mix of open land, brush, forest and lakeshore, attracting a wide variety of birds from herons to hummingbirds. Expect to see swallows and Purple Martins in spring and summer, and Belted Kingfishers, wading birds, and Wood Ducks throughout the year. During the winter months, additional waterfowl, gulls, and terns appear. Keep your eyes peeled for Ospreys and Bald Eagles.

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Turnipseed Camp

Turnipseed Camp is an excellent addition to birding in Cheaha State Park, and provides a nice stop for woodland songbirds, and is easily reached via the Talladega Scenic Byway. This small, rustic campground offers overnight camping and access to hiking and birding in the mature, mixed pine-oak forest.  A good location for breeding Scarlet Tanagers, […]

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Swift Creek Park

Swift Creek Park on Lake Woodruff offers access to 225 acres of  bottomland hardwood forest and wetlands along the banks of Swift Creek, where it joins the Alabama River.  This is a low-traffic site, used primarily as a boat ramp.  Forest trails lead through the all-age, bottomland forest with towering white oaks and an understory providing habitat for good […]

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Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park

The 73-acre Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park was created from a nutrient-rich intentional wetland owned by the city of Opelika, with an additional 7 acres of land including an old home-site. The park has become home to a significant population of birds, including a large population of wood ducks. Entrances at the […]

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Maplesville City Park

Maplesville City Park offers forty acres of mixed hardwood & pine, with two athletic fields.  A paved,  1/3 mile walking trail and several additional unpaved pathways provide opportunities to bird the woodlands, including several creeks that intersect the park. The walking trails give easy access to the open habitat along the trail, which is home to Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, […]

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Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area

Lake Chinnabee Recreation Area offers first-rate resources for nature-loving visitors:  A beautiful lake, interesting plants, numerous birds, along with essential amenities.   This is perhaps the “birdiest” site in this entire unit of the Talladega National Forest.  Watch for a variety of woodland birds, including Red-eyed Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, Northern Parula, and Yellow-throated and Hooded Warblers. The 17-acre lake and […]

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Jones Bluff Powerhouse / Robert F. Henry Dam

Jones Bluff Powerhouse / Robert F. Henry Dam has surprisingly good birding owing in no small part to the variety of habitats.  This is one of the best places in the region to see wading birds, shorebirds, gulls and terns in the wetland areas, with excellent second-growth habitat for Prairie Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chats, sparrows, and […]

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Jones Bluff Park

Jones Bluff Park is an extremely productive and diverse area. Everything from gulls to sparrows can be found here, owing in large part to the highly diverse habitats. The trail bordering the Alabama River is a great place to view riparian birds, from Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to Louisiana Waterthrushes, Prothonotary Warblers, Ospreys, Double-crested Cormorants and several species of […]

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Holly Hills Trail at D.A.R.E. Power Park

The Holly Hills Trail is a pleasant walking trail with very good plant and habitat diversity, and should boast a large variety of birds throughout the year. The trail is older and rough in places, but it traverses a number of excellent birding areas, so it is well worth the time and effort. The trail is located in D.A.R.E Power Park, a 30-acre, day-use park on the eastern side of Lake Martin.

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Gold Star Park

Gold Star Park is a small park in the city of Wetumpka featuring an excellently designed and executed walking trail with very good birding right along the Coosa River. The trail encompasses a surprising variety of habitats – forest, riverbank, and more. It includes several elevated sections that lead through excellent bird habitat.

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Crooked Creek Watershed Site #3 Nature Trail

The nature trail leading through the densely-forested tract at Crooked Creek Watershed Site #3 is remote and has limited access, but the potential for finding good birds here is quite high. The habitat around the 53-acre lake is hardwood-dominated and the bird community is diverse and plentiful. Some swampy and marsh areas provide excellent habitat for […]

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