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    Little River Canyon

    National Preserve Alabama

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    Closures include Slant Rock Campsite, Backcountry Roads 01, 02, 03 and 04 on the days of the burn and the day after. Slant Rock Burn Unit is located on the north side of Highway 35 and west of County Road 103. The burn will enhance native habitats. More »

Bird Watching

BIRD CHECKLIST

The first thing to remember when bird watching is to stay quiet, listen and look. If you are searching for a particular bird, stop and consider what type of food they eat and the habitat they live in. Chances are, if you find those, you will find the bird.

Due to various reasons over the last several years many species of birds have been in decline. If you are lucky, you might spot a Swainson's Warbler, Bachman's Sparrow, Northern Bobwhite, Summer Tanager or the Cerulean Warbler.

One's eye may be distracted by some of our showcase birds. These brightly colored birds include the red Scarlet Tanager, blue Indigo Bunting and the yellow Prothonotary Warbler.

Birds of Prey Photos

Water Bird Photos

Woodpecker Photos

Beaver Pond Trail is a good place to observe a variety of birds in their native environment. Herons and ducks can sometimes be found here.

The canyon overlooks provide a great place to view hawks and vultures in flight. You might even spot an occasional bald eagle as they soar over the canyon.

The Killdeer, Prairie Warbler, and Horned Lark can be found dwelling in open fields.

Wild turkey can be seen crossing the roads or in the Backcountry.

Dark-eyed Junkos, Ovenbirds and the Rufous-sided Towhe's can be found foraging among the forest floors.

Eastern Phoebe, Chuck-will's-widow and the Whip-poor-will can be more often heard than seen in the Backcountry Area.

Cedar Waxwings travel in flocks. They have a piercing call.

Nuthatches are often found roaming around on the trunks and branches of trees.

Grosbeaks have a large heavy beak and can easily be recognized.

Northern Cardinal is one of our more abundant birds. The male is more brightly colored than the female.

Dark-eyed Junco is commonly found in the winter. Look for its outer tail feathers flashing when in flight. It is often seen in small flocks while on the ground.

Loggerhead Shrikes are masked hunters. They hunt insects and have been known to impale their prey on thorns and barbed wire.

Woodpeckers and Sapsuckers with their sharp claws, strong feet and stiff tail can be found pounding away with their stout beaks at the trunks of trees.

Did You Know?

Little River

Little River is unique because it is the one of the few rivers in the United States that forms and flows for almost its entire length on top of a mountain.