Mile 241 Report

February 19, 2007
by Kittywake

Nelscott north, Lincoln City south
Monday 11:00 AM
56° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
5.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Apparent Violations:
seastack climbing on mussels
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Activity Comments:
Walked actually nearly daily, many more dogs off leash than usual chasing gulls, in area of 3 Oyster Catchers. Haven't seen OC's since. People all over tidal pools, 2 kids using paint pellets, left mess.
Notable Wildlife:
1 Black-legged Kittywake with broken wing bone above elbow, small groups of feeding, resting Glaucous-winged gulls, Western gulls,one with broken wing, 1 2-4 yr old Bald Eagle, numerous groups of surf scoters, crows and 1 broken-winged Western gull
Dead Birds:
none banded. 1 immature Black-legged Kittywake, 1 adult male surf scoter,1 Western Gull, 1 Sanderling, 2 Western Grebes, 1 Marbled Murrelet
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Small rocks·Styrofoam
Much!!! styrofoam pieces, directly below a home undergoing erosion control on the cliff bank, using foam pads against steel rods
New Development:
Bluff development
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling·Landslides/major boulder falls
Talked with the home owner, one piece of foam approx 3" x 6-8 feet is exposed at side of bluff erosion control, exposed to elements, breaking apart, ending up on the beach in small pieces. Owner said it was left over and that he just hadn't gotten around to throwing it away yet.
In one week period saw all of the dead beached birds listed. Plus, all in one area, 5 species. Plus the 4 gulls, 2 dead, 2 broken-winged, within 20 feet of each other. Neighbors wondered if people were causing this, with the gulls. I also volunteer with the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Astoria, so the Kittywake is recovering and will be released soon. The Western gull was put down.Really angry about the foam. Kids using pellet paint on beach access wall. Left mess.
Other Mile 241 Reports (9)


May 8, 2016 - Anonymous
Dead, headless sea lion and dogs off leash noted.
April 11, 2016 - Anonymous
Noted and photographed 25 sea stars with no signs of wasting syndrome. Small harbor seal carcass just north of Olivia Beach stairs.
April 4, 2016 - Anonymous
Still finding litter with Japanese writing. Found green plastic sealed 1 liter bottle with Russian writing. It was full of clear, odorless liquid.
February 8, 2016 - Anonymous
Sunny-warm day. Concern: children climbing on unstable bluff-informed parent No notable wildlife


December 16, 2015 - Anonymous
There are two major bluff slides, each of which brought down tons of earth, sand, and pine trees either onto the beach or onto riprap at the foot of the bluff. Having walked this stretch of beach for...
  • Here the slide fell onto rip rap at the foot of the bluff.
  • note how waves washed around the rip rap and eroded the bluff on the adjoining property


July 15, 2012 - newwade
Removed 3 bags of litter...No tsunami litter, mostly left over from the 4th and small pieces of doggy poop bags that were full and abandoned...too many!!!
March 8, 2012 - olivia
It was an unusually warm and sunny winter day, so many people were out taking advantage of chance to walk the beach without rain gear. The sand that was gone earlier in the winter seems to be coming...


March 18, 2007 - oceanwalker842
More dislodged clumps of mussel. More exposed rock perhaps from winter storms. No additional erosion visible for most of the mile except as noted last time. Still beach storm litter. Beach patrol...
January 15, 2007 - newwade
Dead bird counts for University of Washington have been small numbers (3-4 birds) and mostly common murres and western grebes. Driftline Content: There are a lot of large logs and heavy wrack in some...