North Alabama Birdwatchers Society

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge - Blackwell Swamp

(North Alabama Birding Trail Site #26)

Flooded Timber
Woodpecker Habitat in Blackwell Swamp

Blackwell Swamp connects to the Rockhouse Buckeye area of Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.  It is primarily forested bottomland surrounding a shallow lake.  It can be very productive for waterfowl and waders including Green Herons, and the flooded timber at the north end provides nesting habitat for Red-headed, Pileated, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.  Prothonotary and Kentucky Warblers nest in the swamp, and American Alligators live here too.

Blackwell Swamp

Turtle in Blackwell Swamp

American Alligator