I spent a couple of night in Alabama in June 2018.
The swampy hardwood forest around Demopolis is some of the last of Alabama’s “Black Belt” forest, a particularly rich ecosystem that has been hit hard. In two hours I saw two or three Eastern Woodrats, a Deer Mouse, two Nine-banded Armadillos, a Raccoon, a White-tailed Deer, and some Feral Pigs..
Tallageda National Forest
I spent a night in Tuscaloosa, and looked around the Oakmulgee section of the Tallageda National Forest in the evening. A couple of hours with the thermal scope produced only one White-tailed Deer and a Deer Mouse climbing a tree. There were a few Grey Squirrels along the road in the morning.