Mile 11 Report

December 30, 2017
by sandy beach

Cape Ferrelo, Boardman SP, House Rock Creek
Saturday 1:15 PM
54° F
Calm/Light from the SE
Tide Level:
1.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
14 people whale watching at station at Cape Ferrelo View Point. No one on the remote beaches.
Apparent Violations:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
All well behaved. Enjoying searching for whales, walking dogs or walking the Coast Trail.
Notable Wildlife:
On a not easily accessible beach where I usually see sea stars at a low-ish tide I saw none today. Also no cormorants or oystercatchers out today, just a few gulls. I did see one lone starfish in a tide pool technically on mile 12. It was an odd pure black color and only about 6 inches across. Will attempt to attach photo.
Dead Birds:
Signs of oil:
Fish & Invertebrates:
For whatever reason, the small area with sand enough to leave a driftline had nothing to show today?
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Major cracks appearing in bluffs·Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff

No action taken.



It delighted me to see others sharing my love of mile 11. The Whale Watching signs brought them in. It's rare to see more than 2 cars at either House Rock or Cape Ferrelo view points. 10 cars and some 14 people parked at Cape Ferrelo December 30, including plates from Washington, Texas, and New York. Elusive though the whales were folks curiously questioned the well informed volunteers. Who, by the way, happened to be a fellow Coast Watching couple. The weather invited a good time and the low tide kicked it up.

I'm getting cut off from accessing a little more of mile 11 due to the ocean throwing more 'path' blocks (boulders, log jams, etc.) in my way but I trudge on.

I miss the seastars but as I mentioned I did see an odd totally black pisaster about 6 inches across. I looked it up and according to someone on the internet starfish color is determined genetically. If true, the black isn't due to it's physical condition or diet. He's just diverse.

News on the vegetative front screams on. Since the 'view restoration' project (aka tree removal) on House Rock viewpoint the Sitka Spruce have rebounded with a vengence. I have 2010 photos of regrowth 3 feet high which now tower 3 - 4 times my height. Also, I'm anxiously watching to see what will become of those plots where they have come back impossibly thick. Those trees' growth is quite different from those on the perimeters. They are maybe only 4 - 5 feet tall and squeezed in 4 per square foot. 

All for now

  • Small black colored pisaster.
    December 30, 2017
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