Mile 21 Report

May 8, 2020
by PaulSherman

Location:
Curry
Pistol River SP south
Conditions:
Friday 6:30 AM
52° F
Tide Level:
-1.9 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
2
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Two people bicycle riding on the beach (fat-tire bikes)
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
No vehicles observed
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
1
I saw a Harbor Seal Pup on the beach in the difficult-to-access cove (only at tides lower than -1.5) at the farthest south end of Mile 21, at the north edge of the Crook Point Wildlife Refuge. The pup looked emaciated, but upon seeing me it was able to drag itself across about 100 feet of beach back into the ocean. Photos are attached.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Styrofoam
At the southern-most end of Mile 21, in the "secret cove" just north of the Crook Point Wildlife Refuge, I saw dozens of sea stars (purple and orange), anemones, mussels, and 2 species of barnacles clustered on the rocks exposed by a low, low (-1.5) tide, 4 black oystercatchers, numerous western gulls, several cormorants, and the Harbor Seal pup described above.
New Development:
Modifications:
No problems seen
Natural Changes:
No problems seen
Comments:
Summary:

All was well on Mile 21 in the early morning of 8 May on a very low tide (-1.5).  An apparently orphaned Harbor Seal pup was observed on the beach in the cove at the southernmost end of Mile 21.  It crawled safely back to the ocean.

  • Apparently orphaned (emaciated looking) Harbor Seal pup resting on the beach ca. 100 ft. from the tideline
    "Secret Cove," accessable only at tides lower that -1.5, at the southernmost point of Mile 21 (at the northern edge of the Crook Point Wildlife Refuge).
    May 8, 2020
  • Upon seeing me ,the Harbor Seal pup starts to crawl toward the tide line, ca. 100 feet away
    "Secret Cove," accessable only at tides lower that -1.5, at the southernmost point of Mile 21 (at the northern edge of the Crook Point Wildlife Refuge).
    May 8, 2020
  • Harbor Seal pup crawling toward the ocean from its resting place ca. 100 feet from the tide line.
    "Secret Cove," accessable only at tides lower that -1.5, at the southernmost point of Mile 21 (at the northern edge of the Crook Point Wildlife Refuge).
    May 8, 2020
  • Tracks left by the Harbor Seal pup as it traversed the beach ca. 100 feet and re-entered the ocean
    "Secret Cove," accessable only at tides lower that -1.5, at the southernmost point of Mile 21 (at the northern edge of the Crook Point Wildlife Refuge).
    May 8, 2020
Other Mile 21 Reports (10)

2020

January 30, 2020 - PaulSherman

2019

October 27, 2019 - PaulSherman
It was a beautiful sunny, warm windy day.  I walked south along the beach all the way to the massive rocks at the boundary of the USFWS refuge at Crook Point.  The tide was low (-0.4) and the exposed...

2014

May 3, 2014 - PaulSherman
The starfish we had seen dead and washed-up near pistol river / ocean coast line had disappeared --probably washed back into sea.As we walked mile 21, we observed hundreds of mole crab exuviae!...
April 18, 2014 - PaulSherman
Mrs. Peregrine Strikes AgainUpon our arrival, we observed the resident Peregrine pair on the dunes just adjacent to the Pistol River mouth. The male had just arrived, scaring up about 20 gulls...
April 5, 2014 - PaulSherman
The migratory eagles we observed over the Pistol River did appear to bother gulls that typically bath in the Pistol river estuary. We saw three to four harbor seals in the river confluence with the...
  • photos of shore debris described in report are attached for further examinatiion
  • at the low water mark at 21.5 mil
  • at mile 21.5
  • Near Crook PointPicked upon by a raven, two vultures and a single eagle
March 7, 2014 - PaulSherman
We came upon the widened mouth of the Pistol River after many days of rain, and saw the area strangely absent of bathing gulls. Three Ravens were hawking, and a Peregrine dive bombed them then landed...
  • Peregrine had only just killed Herring when he'd arrived. Both adults were plucking the kill, then the male flew across the Pistol mouth, to watch from the driftwood, from afar. Ms. Peregrine (the larger of the two) stayed to clean her kill.
  • End of mile 21
  • The pair of Peregrines were still defending their Kill one hour later, mobbing a ravenous pair of Ravens that were attempting to usurp the leavings.  Our last photo interrupted the scene, temporarily.
January 17, 2014 - PaulSherman
We removed a minor amount of washed up "Oregon" debris and left a rubber tire that had washed up near end of mi 21-20 (rolled up to sand dune base). American made, Kelly Titanium, size R275-16We...
January 4, 2014 - Bob Ivey
Did some additional research about the area. There is a proposal for a golf couse which would include beach access farther down the coast, where was once a commercial salmon hatchery operated,...
  • South hike from Pistol River to Crook's Point.  Along south extending lagoon to Crook"s Point  approx 2 mile and back thur 30 to 40 foot sand dunes with sea floor rock protruding   thur.

2009

July 1, 2009 - Don Hayes
A pleasant day for a beach walk, run, swim, stretch, and report including 70 photo study. Nothing unusual to note except no one on entire beach or in lot and small seal seeming not in best of health...
  • Don Haye, Mile 21, July 1, 2009, photo observations

2007

August 22, 2007 - Don Hayes
I visually scan the entire coast mile daily and walk, run, and swim there regularily. Also I make photos from time to time. I do see an occassional dead bird or seal as well as plastic drifting in....