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 smkersey@nctv.com
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