(North and South Coves, Beamon Creek)
These protected coves - including North and South Cove and the inner marshes of Beamon Creek - are important migratory stopover sites for birds, as well as refuges for wintering ducks that seek protection from the rougher waters of Long Island Sound. Birders from across the state seek out these quiet coastal waters for the large rafts of wintering ducks and occasional rare bird hidden among the others. Extensive mud flats at low tide provide access to important food - clams, worms and crustaceans. These coves are popular fishing and crabbing spots, reflecting their abundance of life.