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Mossy Creek Wildlife Viewing Area
Site Description and Habitats
Mossy Creek WVA is a small wildlife preserve containing approximately 23 acres that adjoins the northern edge of Jefferson City. It contains a wetlands area with slow moving Mossy Creek meandering through it as well as a small grasslands area with brushy cover. There are two covered wildlife viewing areas; one is accessed by following the paved path to the right of the parking area; and the other is located up an incline to the left of the parking lot.
From the parking area one can walk farther along Cherokee Drive past the sewage plant and reach the southwest corner of Cherokee Lake at the mouth of Mossy Creek. This is also a fairly good viewing area.
Bird species of interest
Spring and Fall Migration: Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-White, Magnolia, Palm, Pine, and Yellow-rumped Warbler, Swainson's Thrush, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Bank Swallow, Spotted and Solitary Sandpiper, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.
Summer: Prothonotary Warbler, Chimney Swift, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Barn and Tree Swallow, Red-eyed and Warbling Vireo
Winter: Ring-billed and Bonaparte's Gulls, Purple Finch, Rusty Blackbird, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Northern Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, and Hooded Merganser
Year-Round: Cooper's Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Screech-Owl, American Goldfinch, American Crow, Blue Jay
Rarities Seen at this Site: Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, Olive-sided Flycatcher (locally rare)
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Detailed directions for birding Mossy Creek Wildlife Viewing Area
As an alternate route from the I-40 approach, one can follow TN 92 to its intersection with 11E, turn right on 11E (and get in the left lane) and go one block to the next traffic light and turn left on Russell Ave; after about 15 blocks, cross the railroad and immediately turn left on Cherokee Dr; the viewing area is about 1/4 mile.
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