Mile 148 Report

December 5, 2008
by Scotty

Location:
Douglas
Oregon Dunes NRA, south of Army Hill
Conditions:
Friday
Sunny
Wind:
Calm/Light
Humans / Pets:
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
2
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
4
Activity Comments:
Fellow observer and I only folks walking beach. Vehicles were driving to and from jetty. Unable to determine where they accessed beach
Notable Wildlife:
little shore birds, gulls, pelicans off shore playing in waves
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Small rocks·Styrofoam
plastic bottles and bags
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
A beautiful day, strong off shore wind as we (two folks) started from Sparrow Park Rd access walking south to the jetty. Day warmed rapidly and wind died down. Typical winter windswept beach. Along the whole stretch we picked up 1 1/2 30 gallon bags of litter.
Summary:
A beautiful day, strong off shore wind as we (two folks) started from Sparrow Park Rd access walking south to the jetty. Day warmed rapidly and wind died down. Typical winter windswept beach. Along the whole stretch we picked up 1- 1/2 30-gallon bags of litter.
  • December 5, 2008
  • December 5, 2008
  • Photo shot at Sparrow Park Rd access
    Photo shot at Sparrow Park Rd access
    December 5, 2008
Other Mile 148 Reports (2)

2009

October 11, 2009 - Foggy
Lots of birds but few humans on this remote stretch of beach. Crab boat just offshore; large ship at anchor perhaps 10 miles offshore, possibly dumping ballast. There's a bird radar installation on...
  • Geo-Marine Inc. is setting up a bird radar station, probably to count birds after dark, when we humans can't see.
  • 3 immature and one adult Double-crested Cormorant
  • Brown Pelicans headed out to sea, showing how they tail-gate in flight.
  • Brown Pelicans headed north. Note black, gray and white on wings and body.
  • View of Sanderlings in dense group, showing how they're all on one leg, and eyes closed.
  • Some sort of bee taking advantage of Summer's last blossoms on European Searocket, <em>Cakile maritima</em>.
  • Crab boat Delma Ann tending a trap just outside the surf

2008

June 27, 2008 - Foggy
Brown water of diatom bloom, many crab carcasses. ATV tracks. No humans or dogs.
  • Very dark brown (but not cloudy) water, presumably from diatom bloom. This is a frequent occurance in Summer, when strong north winds cause upwelling.
  • Much more than the normal number of Dungeness and Mole crab carcasses and parts all the way along the mile. Note also the greenish foam, presumably the result of upwelling and possibly a cause of the crab die-off.
  • Pacific mole crab - Emerita analoga. Head is to right. Total length about 5 cm.
  • Mole crab, bottom. Bright orange is eggs, so this is a female. Note tail, and "flipper" appendages for burrowing in the sand.
  • Closeup of three scavenging isopods (prob Cirolana harfordi) 0.5 - 1.0 cm long burrowing under carcass of a bay shrimp (about 3 cm long).
  • 2-wheel and 4-wheel ATV tracks, lots of driftwood, foredune with both American and European beachgrass, shells in driftline.