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Bogota WMA

Birding Seasons:
Spring A
Summer C
Fall A
Winter A+

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Site Description and Habitats

The 2,293 acre WMA contains a mix of habitats including farmland for dove hunting, grassland/old fields, bottomland hardwood forest, extensive hardwood reforestation, moist soil management areas, and other impoundments. Part of the area is under a water level management program for waterfowl. The WMA partially borders the Obion River and low areas are subject to period flooding.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Mississippi Kite (spring), winter sparrows arrive in Sept and depart in April or early May, migrant passerines such as Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Tennessee, Nashville, and Magnolia Warblers, Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer and Scarlet Tanager, among other passerines migrants.

Summer: Mississippi Kite, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Summer Tanager, White-eyed, Yellow-throated, and Red-eyed Vireo, Indigo Bunting, and Blue Grosbeak, among others.

Winter: Northern Harrier, Short-eared Owls. Song, Swamp, White-throated, White- crowned Sparrows, abundant waterfowl and raptors. Merlin can make sweeps through the fields and thickets for Eastern Meadowlarks.

Year-Round: American Kestrels, Loggerhead Shrikes, Eastern Bluebird, Cooper's and Red-shouldered Hawks, Great Horned and Barred Owl, and resident woodland birds.

The area is rarely birded outside winter, so go explore and report your findings to eBird.

Rarities Seen at this Site: Ferruginous Hawk, all morphs of Red-tailed Hawks can be found in winter. Rough-legged Hawk is occassional in winter.

Species list via eBird Hotspot Explorer

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Other wildlife viewing opportunities
White-tailed deer

Detailed directions for birding Bogota WMA
From Dyersburg, travel north on Hwy 78 to Hwy 103. Turn left on Hwy 103 and go 1.2 miles to a left turn onto Barbwire Rd at a sign for Bogota WMA. This road takes you into the main part of Bogota WMA. There are numerous pull off and parking areas. The roads are open to foot traffic when there is no hunting, so explore the ATV trails and fields.

Bogota WMA map

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Main Crossroads in WMA: 36.13711, -89.46125

Fees and Hours
No fees are required to access these areas. The areas are accessible during daylight hours year round. Check hunting guide as access is limited or not recommended during some hunts.

For tips for safely watching wildlife during hunting seasons and year round please refer to TWRA Hunting Guide about hunting seasons and public access dates.

There are no restroom facilities or designated birding observation areas.

TWRA Region I office
200 Lowell Thomas Drive, Jackson, TN 38301
800-372-3928; 731-423-5725

Info for other sites
Tennessee’s Watchable Wildlife web site