Mile 291 Report

August 11, 2022
by BerrieC

Location:
Tillamook
Camp Magruder north, Watseco, Twin Rocks SW
Conditions:
Thursday 10:30 AM
65° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the SW
Tide Level:
3.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
45
Dogs:
6
Activities:
Walking / Running:
23
Playing in surf:
15
Sitting:
7
Biking-2
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
1
Activity Comments:
1 service truck on beach
Notable Wildlife:
3 groups of Snowy Plovers feeding a the water's edge, approx 120 birds between Twin Rocks and Watseco.
Dead Birds:
Total:
6
Species/names:
All appear to be common murres, 4 found in seaweed bunches. Unsure if entanglement was the cause of death or if they were just washed ashore in floating seaweed. Pictures attached.
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Dog poop bag, Buoy beer label, dead birds and other items in seaweed wrack
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

3 groups of Snowy Plovers feeding a the water's edge, approx 120 birds between Twin Rocks and Watseco. Other items: Small bag of dog poop. Buoy Beer label. Large amounts of seaweed in which debris and dead birds were tangled. Also, there was a service vehicle on the beach. 

  • Seaweed
    Lots of seaweed on the beach near Shorewood
    August 11, 2022
  • Dead Common Murre
    Dead Common Murre on the beach in front of Shorewood, near two others
    August 11, 2022
  • Dead Common Murre
    Dead Common Murre on the beach in front of Shorewood, near two others
    August 11, 2022
  • Dead Common Murre
    Dead Common Murre on the beach in front of Shorewood, near two others
    August 11, 2022
  • Dead Common Murre
    Dead Common Murre on the beach on Mile 291
    August 11, 2022
  • Dead Common Murre
    Dead Common Murre on the beach at Mile 291
    August 11, 2022
  • Dead Common Murre
    Dead Common Murre on the beach on Mile 291
    August 11, 2022
  • Firewood
    Firewood on the beach at Mile 291
    August 11, 2022
  • Firewood
    Firewood on the beach on Mile 291. Another larger piece was found but not photograhped.
    August 11, 2022
  • Snowy Plovers
    Snowy Plovers feeding at the tideline on the beach near Twin Rocks. Several other groups were spotted, all told 120+ birds.
    August 11, 2022
  • Snowy Plovers
    Snowy Plovers feeding at the tideline on the beach near Twin Rocks. Several other groups were spotted, all told 120+ birds.
    August 11, 2022
  • Garbage on beach
    Garbage collected along beach at Mile 291. Bits of plastic twine, fishing rope, Do Not Cross tape, fireworks casing, food wrappers, one with Japanese writing. Bag of dog poop. Buoy Beer label from Astoria. Pink rubbery fishing lure. Plastic beach toys.
Other Mile 291 Reports (15)

2021

September 13, 2021 - MossierJ
I was mistaken in identifying murlettes - they are immature common murres.  The live murre was still alive the following morning (9/13 at 6:30am), but then a crow came and was pecking at it.  
September 12, 2021 - MossierJ
1 live murrelet, 1 dead murrelet, 1 dead cormorant.  Didn't know what to do about the live murrelet on the beach.  Called North Coast Wildlife Center, but it was after hours.  Left the bird on the...
  • Live Murrelet
  • Dead murrelet
August 5, 2021 - JGarcia
I didn't walk the whole mile on this date.  A friend texted, telling me that there was a dead mammal on the beach.  I walked down and found the dead animal (porpoise or dolphin) and took several...
July 26, 2021 - BerrieC
June 12, 2021 - BerrieC
May 28, 2021 - JGarcia
February 10, 2021 - JGarcia
In general, a nice day at the beach.  There weren't many people out.  Surprisingly little man-made debris along the wrack.  The most obvious change since the new year is the beach erosion and erosion...

2020

September 28, 2020 - JGarcia
It was an absolutely beautiful sunny and clear day on mile 291.  Quite a few people were out strolling and playing with their families.  Very little man-made debris. 2 jets flew over and also a Coast...
  • barrel on beach
June 12, 2020 - JGarcia
A cloudy day at the beach.  Not many people in my mile. About a dozen in all.  4 dogs, all off-leash.  I found just a few pieces of marine debris in the wrack, small plastic pieces.  Lots of shell...

2017

July 9, 2017 - cemilligan
Driving down 101 from the intersection of highways 26 and 101, my husband, our dogs, and I were very excited to get to our mile. The sun was shining, the surf looked wonderful, and we were excited to...
April 30, 2017 - cemilligan
April 30th was a beautiful day to be on the coast.  The temperature was a comfortable 55 degrees, light breeze from the north, partly cloudy.  Warm enough to wear a t-shirt and jeans.  My husband and...
January 28, 2017 - cemilligan
Today was a beautiful day at the beach, partly sunny, light breeze, warm air temperature.  The tide was almost at its highest point.  Several people were walking around the beach, enjoying the sand...
  • Styrofoam pellets, cellophane worm casings
  • driftwood pushed into vegetation-King Tide
  • Crab pot deposited by King Tide
  • Normal high tide
  • Western Grebe, Aechmophorus occidentalis
  • visitors on beach
  • large tree trunk brought on shore during King Tide

2016

November 27, 2016 - cemilligan
My family and I chose to spend Thanksgiving and the weekend after in Rockaway Beach.  It was a blustery, wet vacation, but a great one all the same.  Sunday we decided to make the trek down the beach...
  • Western Grebe
October 23, 2016 - cemilligan
Today I was joined by my husband and dog for our scouting.  It was a beautiful day on the coast so a lot of people were out enjoying the day.  During the 4 hours we spent on the beach there were...
August 28, 2016 - cemilligan
 Upon my arrival at the beach the weather was quite dreary with slight rain and wind from the south.  There were approximately 20 people and 1 dog walking, running, collecting agates, building sand...