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