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On Thu, 25 Jul 2002, Mike Resch wrote:

> I'm thinking about making the trek up to Brilyea this weekend and wondered if
> someone could share with me directions as to where you the birds are being
> seen.  Specifically, Bryan Pfeiffer recently sent out directions mentioning
> two possible locations for shorebirds at Brilyea.  Quoting Bryan -
>
> "From the Dead Creek Goose Viewing Area on Route 17, drive west for 0.6
> mile to the Brilyea Access Road on the left (immediately past the bridge
> over Dead Creek).  Drive the road (not quite a mile or so) until you come to
> a parking lot on the right and a bridge if you were to continue driving.
> During a drawdown, shorebirds can hang out in the large dammed impoundment
> there. But also consider walking southwest from this parking lot (through a
> metal gate) about 1 mile along a grassy access road to what can be a
> shorebird bonanza on the left. (Look carefully to see birds woven into the
> buttonbush roots.)"
>
> Does it make sense to look for shorebirds at both of Bryan's locations?

Yes.  But most of the shorebird activity will be further in, accessed by
walking along the "grassy access road" mentioned by Bryan.  Watch for
raptors attracted by shorebirds; expect bugs.

Scott