A Day at Guntsterville State Park

A Day at Guntsterville State Park

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Bird Watching and Spotting an Eagle!

A day at Guntersvlle state park
If you can see the small black line some more coops

Guntersville State Park, I am not even sure where to begin. I guess I will start by telling you a little about the park then tell you about my day bird watching there. Guntersville Park is Alabama’s largest lake, you can fish, hike, bike, camp, stay in the lodge, golf, zip line, eat, and bird watch. They even have fishing tournaments.

There is over 36 miles you can explore and hike. It’s free to get into the park(at least during the day), but obviously you will have to pay if you decide to stay the night, week, however long. There is a lot going on here, but one of my favorites is that Eagles nest here. January-February they have Eagle awareness programs that you can participate in. This is going to lead me into John, Sarah, and my day.

We decided to participate in one of the birding field trips that happen at Guntersville park. We stopped at a few places outside of the park but still in Guntersville to look at waterfowl then to make our way into the actually park, this is where we saw the Eagles. That was probably one of my greatest moments of my life. Depending on what time you go during the year, dress appropriate. It was in  32-50 degree F throughout the day.  We thought we put enough layers on, but we did not. So we were a little cold.

We had a great leader, Greg Harber(Instagram). He did an amazing job with all off us. There was probably around 10-15 or so of us in the group, and there was carpooling involved since we had to go from one place to the next, it just made it easier. (You can find the field trips and other activities if you look up Guntersville State Park on Facebook) 

We made about 5-7 stops to look at birds, we bowed out towards the very end, they have raptors show that goes on and there may have been one more stop we were going to look at but it was getting close to 5 so we used the bathroom and headed out.

All the fowl we saw: Eastern Bluebird, White-winged Scoter, Bald Eagle, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Red-Tailed Hawk, Great Blue Heron, Killdeer, House Sparrow, Canadian Goose, Ring-billed Gull, Double Crested cormorant, American Coot, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Loon, Yellow-rump Warbler, Mallard, Bufflehead, Greater Scaup, Chinese Goose, Rusty Blackbird, Hooded Merganser, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Common Golden-eye, Herring Gull, Belted Kingfisher, Lesser Scaup, Redhead, Long tailed Duck, Snow Goose, and Ruddy Goose.

It was a long day there from 7am to about 5pm. There is so much to do here, there is something for everyone! I almost forgot to mention the amount of deer you can/will see around the camping area. We saw over 20 deer within 5-10 minutes driving to the Lodge. Drive slow and safe, they will get quite close to you. I hope you enjoy the pictures! I didn’t take a big amount as I just used my phone, but I hope this inspires you to want to get out to Gunsterville.

A day at Guntersvlle state park
Coops and Canadian Geese
A day at Guntersvlle state park
Mallord ducks, Canadian Geese, Coops
A day at Guntersvlle state park
I can’t remember what these are
A day at Guntersvlle state park
Ring-billed Gulls at the end
A day at Guntersvlle state park
Ring-billed Gulls
A day at Guntersvlle state park
Random shot of the lake
A day at Guntersvlle state park
Random shot of pier and lake
A day at Guntersvlle state park
Canadian Geese
A day at Guntersvlle state park
Canadian Geese
A day at Guntersvlle state park
Canadian Geese flying
A day at Guntersvlle state park
Bald Eagle at the top right and to the bottom left, you can see the nest and two babies. Two little heads poking up. Although they probably aren’t too small. This picture was taken by John Fulkerson, you can find him on Instagram or his Facebook page. However, this picture was taken with a phone looking through a scope.

You can find out more on Gunstersville State Park here

For more places to hike in Alabama check out this link

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