Mile 185 Report

January 28, 2019
by Lfleming

Location:
Lane
S of Stonefield Beach Wayside, Tokatee Kloochman Wayside
Conditions:
Monday 1:45 PM
Sunny
61° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
1.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
10
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Rockhunting:
9
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
7
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
4 Black Oyster Catchers, 4 Brandt's Cormorants, 55 Surf Scoters, a few gulls. Also 6 Harbor Seals on the rocks. A lady we talked to said she had recently seen an otter out in the water. She mentioned they like to play in the fresh water from a stream early in the morning.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Shells·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Met some people cleaning up the beach. Not much there this time. Only found a couple pieces of rope.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Erosion of vegetated foredune·Visible retreat of solid bluff
Comments:
Summary:

A beautiful day, sunny with very little wind.  The sand is mostly gone except for the first section of the beach by the parking lot.  All the rocks have brought out the agate hunters.  The big storms have moved the small cobbles inland to block the exit to Tenmile Creek which now zig zags farther to the south.  We saw very few birds, recording only four species.  4 Black Oyster Catchers, 4 Brandt's Cormorants, 55 Surf Scoters out in the water, and some gulls, but not very many.   We have been checking the mile since 2002 and that is only the second time we have had that few species, the other was in Sept. 2016.  Our highest numbers have been in June, with 22 species one year. 

Other Mile 185 Reports (50)

2019

May 12, 2019 - Lfleming

2018

October 17, 2018 - Lfleming
It was a lovely day, perfect weather, and the people were only in the first sandy part except for one agate hunter.  With no winter storms yet the summer sands were still there so the walking was...
September 17, 2018 - Lfleming
A lovely partly sunny day and very few people.  The sand had moved in over the summer so it was easier walking.  We saw 18 bird species which is a total we rarely get to.  One Turkey Vulture, flying...
June 6, 2018 - Lfleming
A quiet day, without many birds, not even gulls, flying.  Not much wind but a big surf so there were no Surf Scoters out in the water.  There were some gulls at the mouth of Tenmile Creek but as we...
February 17, 2018 - Lfleming
Cement buffer destroyed by the ocean in 2018
February 7, 2018 - Lfleming
A sunny day so there were lots of people enjoying the beach.  There was one section of debris and tree trunks up against the bluff, probably from the king tide.   The rocks in the water most likely...

2017

October 27, 2017 - Lfleming
A lovely sunny day without much wind.  We watched a gull take a mussel shell, fly in a big circle, gaining altitude till the bird was over the rocks.  Then it hovered, dropping the shell onto the...
August 30, 2017 - Lfleming
An amazing day with no wind and a glassy ocean.   The gulls were finding food in the washed up kelp on the beach.  One section of the driftline was full of dead rockhoppers along with several eaten...
May 19, 2017 - Lfleming
A lovely day.  Spring mating season so a lot of the species were paired off.  Someone has built a large tent shape enclosure out of big pieces of driftwood near the parking lot.  Except for the first...
February 17, 2017 - Lfleming
A lot of people and their dogs out enjoying a break in the weather.  The walkway in had a lot of logs and debris on it making access harder.  Quite a few visitors agate hunting in the winter cobbles...

2016

September 9, 2016 - Lfleming
An uncomfortable day with such high wind.  Very few people or birds.  The sand has moved South so most of the cobbles were covered except along the bluff face.  The tide was too high to see sea stars...
June 11, 2016 - Lfleming
Cobbles have blocked the main exit of Tenmile Creek so it now goes north and the mouth is in front of the old parking lot. A nice change. It was a partly sunny day on a weekend so there were a lot of...
March 14, 2016 - Lfleming
Surprisingly busy for a Monday that was windy and overcast. The small parking lot was full and several of the people had walked there from nearby. The beach is all large cobbles this time of year...

2015

October 21, 2015 - Lfleming
A variable day from sunny to low overcast and windy. The river otters were the most unusual sightings plus the Bald Eagle hunting fish in the ocean. Quite a few people mostly walking and poking...
September 6, 2015 - Lfleming
A lovely day; busy Labor Day weekend so more people than usual. We saw two birds that were new for us, a Willet, and a Golden Crown Sparrow. Number 57 & 58 on our list. Using binoculars we...
August 24, 2015 - Volunteer Coordinator
We saw purple water here at about 7PM yesterday, approx 10 feet long 10 feet wide on shore. Ocean Haven, near the mouth of Tokatee creek. ** Christine
February 12, 2015 - Lfleming
A lovely day with no wind but very quiet and a bit dull with no sea stars, where we were used to seeing hundreds, and very few birds because of all the sea foam. It was so thick we couldn't get to...

2014

October 26, 2014 - Lfleming
A variable day to do our mile, starting with sun and ending with a huge downpour in one hour. The low tide was very high (2.3) so we did a fast walk as far as we could get down the beach. There...
August 14, 2014 - Lfleming
A very foggy day with the beach empty of people. The sand was the highest we have seen it in years so we were able to get out farther into the rocks to count sea stars. We had a -0.2 tide, the same...
June 18, 2014 - Lfleming
It was a lovely day and the tide was low so were were able to check on the condition of 84 sea stars. We divided them into orange and purple and looked for the wasting disease. Of the 26 orange...
March 22, 2014 - Lfleming
We are one day late but are planning to count this as our first quarter report. With both spring break and beach clean up going on there were a lot of people on the beach. We saw the fewest birds...

2013

November 11, 2013 - Lfleming
A beautiful windless day once we got past the parking lot. There was an incredible amount of sand in the north half of our mile, with many of the tide pools covered over along with the anemones. We...
September 12, 2013 - Lfleming
Lovely overcast day, almost no wind. The parking lot was closed and filling in with sand. The sand on the beach was higher than we have seen it in a long time, and almost all the usual rocky areas...
June 17, 2013 - Lfleming
A overcast windy day so not many people. The parking lot is plowed for the summer and the sand is again returning to cover the rocks on the beach. There were two piles of kelp entangled with...
March 4, 2013 - Lfleming
We saw our first sea otter on the rocks along the edge of the ocean, and later in the water in a shallow inlet. THIS MAMMALS TURNS OUT TO BE AN AMERICAN RIVER OTTER, a creature with a broader nose...
  • Head of a sea otter swimming towards us in a shallow inlet.
  • Male

2012

December 6, 2012 - Lfleming
The road into Stonefield is closed for winter and flooded. The only sandy section is in front of the parking lot, the rest of the beach to the headlands is all cobbles. A Red-throated Loon, a new...
September 8, 2012 - Lfleming
Because of the high tide, the birds were closer into shore but the seals were all somewhere else. There was lots of seaweed on the beach which we rarely get. Mostly Bull Kelp and Sea Palms. No...
June 11, 2012 - Lfleming
We collected a lot of big chunks of styrofoam in the first two sections of our mile, including a big round cylinder that was about 43" by 20". A park ranger said it was probably from a dock that...
February 1, 2012 - Lfleming
A winter beach. The Stonefield parking lot is closed off though people move the barriers. The north part is the only sandy section, the rest is all cobbles and looks completely different than in...

2011

November 19, 2011 - Lfleming
It was a rainy day but the wind was light. It started in the north but by the time we finished it was from the south. The most interesting thing was all the foam. In some sections the rocky...
August 19, 2011 - Lfleming
The day started sunny with a light wind but in about an hour it was overcast, very windy and cold, (55 degrees), which drove everyone off the beach. The sand has moved south again so there are very...
June 6, 2011 - Lfleming
We saw 22 species of birds, the most we have ever seen on our mile since 2002. Two new species; 4 Common Murres and the most surprising, a family of American Dippers ( who live in fresh water), in...
February 11, 2011 - Lfleming
The only sandy area is in front of the parking lot, south of that is all rocks and pebbles, appropriate for winter when the sand moves north. Six people looking for agates. There were 51 Harbor...

2010

November 14, 2010 - Lfleming
A misty, foggy day with no wind. We found the birds and seals much calmer and less upset by our presence. The Surf Scoters (40) were in very close to shore, mostly females and juveniles. 52 Harbor...
July 2, 2010 - Lfleming
A lovely cool day. No seals basking on the rocks which was unusual. A few dead seastars and large crabs, (6-7 inches across). Also the remains of a huge sea lion, mostly skeleton, was washed up...
May 6, 2010 - Lfleming
The parking lot is plowed, so busier. We found one new bird ( the 45th species since Dec. 02), a Northern Flicker. Also a Wandering Tattler which we only see in May when the birds are migrating...
February 22, 2010 - Lfleming
A new sighting for us of a Brush Rabbit near the parking lot at Stonefield, which is all filled in with debris from storms. On the Tokatee Kloochman side, a lady found what looked to be a...

2009

November 25, 2009 - Lfleming
Tide high so not as many birds near shore. Opossum tracks in the dunes near the parking lot. A lot of local people out on the beach, often from nearby houses. They always seem interested in...
September 12, 2009 - Lfleming
A flock of Band-tailed pigeons (17) landed on the tidal rocks briefly and took off. Skiddish. Last Sept. we saw three do the same thing. Migrating? The only time of year we have seen them. We...
May 15, 2009 - Lfleming
Lovely day with a low tide. 12 people walking, collecting agates, and tidepooling. Saw second Bald Eagle since 2002. Flock of 13 Whimbrels flew by. 26 Pigeon Guillemots nesting on the bluffs....
February 2, 2009 - Lfleming
A lovely sunny day with almost no wind. 47 Harbor Seals out sunning on the rocks, and a new bird for our mile, the Pacific Loon. Quite a few people looking for agates and jasper. Not finding much...

2008

November 23, 2008 - Lfleming
It is fascinating to watch the changes in the sand movement from summer to winter. Our mile is rocky all summer and now the sand has moved back south and covered the rocks, and also the metal frame...
  • Bay has filled with sand; compare with picture taken on May 09, 2008
September 20, 2008 - Lfleming
SOLV was having beach cleanup. Three people working on Stonefield Beach. New Bird for mile 185, Band Tailed Pigeon (3). Also saw 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Surfbirds, 25 Harlequin Ducks, and 40 Brown...
May 9, 2008 - Lfleming
We found 3 bird species we haven't seen before; Osprey, Red-necked Phalarope, and Cliff Swallow. We have now seen 41 species in the 5 1/2 years we have done our mile. May is the busiest month with...
January 17, 2008 - Lfleming
Two unusual observations, one mink (?) skull, and a orange Sunfower Seastar in the tide pools. Out in the rocks at the edge of the surf, we saw a group of 240 Surfbirds. There were 60 Harbor Seals...
  • 18 arms
  • white skull without lower jaw; 2.750x1.5 inches

2007

October 14, 2007 - Lfleming
Beach was very clean. Parking lot was plowed out, making dunes around the edges of the lot that were higher than the cars. Also the entrance was newly paved part way into the beach.Interesting to...
July 7, 2007 - Lfleming
A big hunk of the sandy bluff collapsed. An agate hunter on the beach had seen that area with large cracks in it the day before.
  • recent slide on Mile #185
June 2, 2007 - Lfleming
Beach very rocky, going right to the tide pools. Pigeon Guillemots all paired off but not showing signs of nesting yet. Other years they have been nesting in mid May. The 80 Surf Scoters we saw...
March 14, 2007 - Lfleming
Winter beach with lots of cobbles and rocks. Low tide level so 63 Harbor Seals were out on the rocks enjoying the sun, looking very fat and happy. One limpet on the rocks above the tide pools.

2006

October 21, 2006 - Lfleming
Viewed, 70 Large Cormorants (double Crested) in vee formation. 36 Harlequin Ducks23 Surf Scoters2 Kill Deer1 Great Blue Heron15 Pelagic Cormorants2 Song Sparrow, gulls, crows, starlings.6 Harbor...