The two reports of Wilson's Plovers on Assateague Island today appear to be two different individuals. Around 10am, I found what appears to be a female Wilson's Plover foraging in the intertidal zone and beach near kilometer post 34.0 of the Over-sand Vehicle driving zone. This location was 11 miles south on the beach and about 1 mile north of the Virginia state line fence. For access, an OSV driving permit is needed from the National Park Service. One can be obtained at the Visitor Contact Station near the entrance booths.
The second Wilson's Plover was spotted and photographed several hours later by a coworker of mine. The location was about a mile north of the causeway to Assateague. This individual appears to be a male and it was resting in the tire ruts just south of the piping plover signed closure area. In order to access this location, you would need to walk north from Assateague State Park. Parking can be found at the State Park if they are open, or at the National Seashore Visitor Center on the mainland across the bridge. You can walk north up the shell road, then up the intertidal zone. Please respect all closed areas and no pets or bicycles are allowed north of the State Park.
Hope someone will be able to relocate one of these birds but in the past they have been difficult to track down after initial sightings.
Good birding and good luck, Mike Burchett Berlin, MD
On Fri, May 3, 2019 at 5:50 PM mike burchett <mikeburchett23...> wrote:
> The Wilsons' Plover was later briefly resighted on the beach (1 or 2 pm) > about a mile north of the causeway to Assateague by another observer. The > bird appears to be actively migrating and made a jump of around 14 miles in > a short period of time. > > Mike Burchett > Berlin, MD > > On Fri, May 3, 2019, 11:16 AM mike burchett <mikeburchett23...> > wrote: > >> Wilson's Plover, Assateague over sand zone on beach, KM 34.0, about a >> mile north of the VA state line. The OSV zone is currently open to those >> with permits. The bird has not been relocated yet. >> >> Mike Burchett >> Berlin, MD >> >> P.S. a Harlequin Duck and Purple Sandpipers were along the Assateague >> jetty of the OC Inlet this morning. >> >
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