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Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery

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Site Description and Habitats

The fish hatchery is operated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for rearing cool water fish. It is also a productive place for shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl. Although not required, checking in at the hatchery office (on the left immediately after entering the hatchery site) is recommended. Hatchery personnel are often aware of unusual birds.

Bird the area by slowly driving the gravel roads on the dikes around the ponds. The dikes without gravel roads can be slippery, so please avoid driving on them. By staying in your car, you can sometimes observe shorebirds and other birds at close range. At other times, it may be necessary to get out of the car to view birds.

Bird species of interest

Spring and Fall Migration: Shorebirds are the main draw, but passerines can be readily seen and heard around the area, including Canada, Palm, Black-throated Green, Magnolia, Hooded,and Blackburnian Warblers, Swainson's Thrush, Marsh Wren, Philadelphia Vireo, Merlin, Common Tern (rare), Black Tern (rare). Shorebird highlights include Stilt, Spotted, Solitary, Least, Western, Semipalmated, Pectoral, and White-rumped Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plover, with American Golden and Black-bellied possible but rare, American Avocet (rare), Short-billed Dowitcher, Wilson's Snipe, Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, among others. Blue-winged Teal stop in on migration.

Summer: Shorebirds start migrating south in late June and various passage shorebirds may be present in summer. Double-crested Cormorant, Green Heron, Osprey, Willow Flycatcher (possible nesting), Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, and White-eyed Vireo.

Winter: American Wigeon, Mallard, American Black Duck, Northern Shoveler, Redhead, Canvasback, Bufflehead, Green-winged Teal, among other waterfowl,

Year-Round: Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Black Vulture, Killdeer,

Rarities Seen at this Site: Ross's Goose, Cackling Goose, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Little Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Least Tern, Glossy Ibis

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Detailed directions for birding Eagle Bend Fish Hatchery
From I-75 north of Knoxville, take Exit 122, TN 61, Norris-Clinton. Turn west (left if from I-75 North) onto Hwy 61 towards Clinton. Go about 3.8 miles and take the first left after crossing the large bridge over the Clinch River. This road is not well marked - watch for the TWRA Hatchery and Wildlife Observation Area signs. If you go through a stoplight after crossing the river, you have gone too far. Shortly after turning off of Hwy 61, you will arrive at the hatchery gate on the right.

The gravel roads are open to birding, so drive slowly and check out all the ponds. Do NOT go into any of the ponds for any reason.

Lat-Long (GPS) coordinates
Entrance: 36.1210 -84.1153

Fees and Hours No fees are required to access these areas. Year round 8:00 am to 4:30pm-Monday through Friday.

There are no restroom facilities.

TWRA Region 4
3030 Wildlife Way
Morristown, TN 37814

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Tennessee's Watchable Wildlife web site