Mile 270 Report

June 26, 2010
by yakinsea

Location:
Tillamook
Cape Lookout south face
Conditions:
Saturday 2:00 PM
Sunny
65° F
Wind:
Moderate from the N
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
0
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
1
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
One boat sped by.
Notable Wildlife:
There were many Pigeon Guillemots, mainly on the N. side of the cape and more than I have seen before. I saw fewer Brown Pelicans, five total. The dominant three birds on the S. side, which is an incredibly good site with what looks like broken pillow tuft that is checker boarded with cavities, were well represented. The most common, the Common Murre, were fat and plentiful. The Brandt’s Cormorants were about as common as I usually see and the Sea Gulls were less so, though I’m guessing that they were elsewhere.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
A small slide that looked fresh
Comments:
Summary:
Though my section is on the S. side, I paddled around from the N., starting at Cape Lookout State Park. The Cape looked in its normal, unspoiled condition. The bird life looked great this year, but with fewer Pelicans. I only saw one Sea Lion, none hauled out at the cape's tip; usually there is a bunch on each side of the cave. I only saw one seal, which is also unusual. The inter-tidal zone looked good with many Purple Starfish. It must have been a rough winter with almost no Bull Kelp on the S. side.The only garbage I spotted was in Well's Cove, well back in the cave.I feel extremely fortunate to have a place this beautiful to paddle in reliable solitude. Now, if the noisy dune buggies would only quiet down. I hear the noisier ones 3 1/2 miles from the end of the cape!!!
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2020

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2018

November 12, 2018 - yakinsea
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2015

October 6, 2015 - yakinsea
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2013

August 29, 2013 - yakinsea
August 28, 2013 - yakinsea
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2012

May 6, 2012 - yakinsea
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2010

October 17, 2010 - yakinsea
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2009

May 29, 2009 - yakinsea
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2008

June 14, 2008 - yakinsea
All looked well - particularly with seemingly more numerous and healthier looking birds. No erosion noted. Rough conditions and more birds kept our kayaking farther off Cape Lookout.
  • View looking at the South aspect of large shallow cave at the tip of Cape Lookout.
  • Near the end of the cape in its considerable wind shadow.