Here is a more detailed description of the location of the Wilson's Plover, at Cupsogue Beach County Park, than in my previous posting (which I hope went out). The fastest way to where I saw the bird late this afternoon would be to walk west on the 4-wheel drive road from the parking lot. One on that road, you will pass several official footpaths from the road through the dunes to the beach ("Designated Dune Access Points"), bordered by orange-flagged string. Go to the fifth open path (ignoring one that is closed), just before an open metal gate. When I saw the Plover, it was immediately west of that path as it opens onto the beach. For the first 15 minutes or so, it was on the dune, in the "virtually fenced" Piping Plover reserve; it then made its way to the water's edge, where it succeeded at least in catching a wave-tossed gastropod that it carried up into the dune. The walk from that site back along the road to the parking lot took about 10 minutes (less than the walk westward on the beach into the wind, searching for the bird).
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