Mile 131 Report

December 31, 2014
by thunderhead

Horsfall Beach, Oregon Dunes NRA
Wednesday 4:00 PM
40° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
0.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Cars/Trucks parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 2
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Several families out exploring at low tide.Four ATVs headed south on the wide beach at dusk.
Notable Wildlife:
Two Western gulls; half-dozen small plovers
Dead Birds:
Larger bird, Buller's shearwater? (see photo);smaller bird, no I.D.
Dead California sea lion, high on the beach just west of the south access trail from the Horsfall parking lot.Had a deep puncture wound; has been reported to OSU.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Shells·Small rocks
New Development:
Natural Changes:
It appears that sand has been deposited against the dune, or that dune erosion has been minimal. The slope from the foredune is gradual; there is no steepness as I've seen in previous visits.
On the last day of the year, the full sun, light wind and low tide in late afternoon made for a beautiful day at Horsfall Beach. About a dozen of us wandered, and a half dozen ATVs headed south with lights at dusk. Sadly, a California sea lion lay dead high on the beach by the south access trail from the parking lot. He had a deep puncture wound and was missing some hide on his shoulder. I have reported this to the OSU Marine Mammal Stranding hotline. The sea lions have been dying from a bacterial infection. I also found two dead birds, one that appears to have been shot. At the water's edge, the low tide made for wonderful tidepools, eddys and sandbars. The beach rise to the dunes was very gradual, not the steep cut that I'd seen in previous visits. It appears that sand has been deposited against the dunes rather than eroded. Not much visible trash.
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