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MILE 157 on 10/1/08   -   BONNIE
LOCATIONDouglas  •  Oregon Dunes NRA, west of Perkins Lake
CONDITIONSWednesday 3:00 PM  •  Cloudy  •  63° F  •  Wind: Calm/Light from the S  •  Tide: 6.5 ft
HUMANSPeople: 2
ACTIVITIESWalking/running: 2
CONCERNS
DISTURBANCES
VEHICLESCars/Trucks parking: 3
ACTIV.COMMENTS
NOTABLE WILDLIFEUnusual/cool: As I was walking through the dunes to reach the beach, a CG helicopter flew overhead. Then I heard what I think were coyotes barking and yipping from the dunes. They were probably triggered by the sound. Or...?
DEAD BIRDSTotal: 2  •  Species/names: common murres, both. Adults, I think.
STRANDEDTotal: 0
FISH & INVERTS
DRIFTLINEShells  •  Animal casings  •  Kelp/Algae
Unusually high number of jellyfish pieces, both brown and clear. I don't remember seeing that much before.
NEW DEVELOPMENT
MODIFICATIONS
NATURAL CHANGES
COMMENTSHigh sand volume; didn't see boat. Saw group of about 200 sanderlings, about two dozen gulls. Great day at the beach; warm, not so windy, with forecast for rain all over Oregon the next day. I was happy to be there.
SUMMARYBeautiful day at the beach. Minimal ocean-borne debris; mostly lots of kelp, crab molt, jellyfish pieces. Just two dead murres, who had died not long ago. Sand volume high (no boat visible), and water levels low (seasonal ponds in dunes non-existent, no water to walk through at all on the way to the beach; Tahkenitch Creek low).
OBSERVERbonnie EMAIL   •  REPORT PUBLISHED 10/8/08 5:35 PM
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