You probably never think of going to a Fish Hatchery to see a bird or birds?
Late in December, Hatchery staff from the Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery
noticed an unusual migratory visitor that came in with the last storm for
the year. After several days of trying to figure out what it was, and
eventually verified by a local birding expert, Inks Dam NFH is now residence
for a Long-tailed duck. The female Long-tailed duck, Clangula hyemalis,
must have been blown way off course because this diving duck is also
considered a sea-duck. It primarily resides, in winter, on both coasts and
Canada. She has quickly become popular with birders and photographers as
the news of her arrival and now residency is starting to get out. Over 147
people have stopped during the month of January to see this extremely
uncommon bird on the hatchery’s ponds.
Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery is located off Park Road 4, 345 Clay Young
Rd, Burnet, 78611 or call 512-793-2474 The hatchery is open to the public
from 7am to 3:30pm. Photo above was taken by Sue Kersey member of the
Friend of Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery.
For more information about this article call Sue Kersey, Friends of the Inks
Dam National Fish Hatchery at 830-596-2488 or firstname.lastname@example.org