Mile 303 Report

October 9, 2009
by beachmike

Oswald West SP, Smuggler Cove, Short Sand Beach
Friday 12:00 PM
53° F
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
1.3 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
none observed (other than usual dogs offleash)
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Pretty mild-mannered crowd. Half the people were surfing and the other half were watching them from the shore.
Notable Wildlife:
Several groups of pelicans flying north in packs of 5 to 14. 1 seagull standing on the wetsand, 2 seagulls flying.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
A few washed up jellyfish, 4 crabshells, many white skin-like casings roughly 8 inches square
the driftline consisted almost exclusively of feathers (see attached photo)
New Development:
Natural Changes:
I didn't see any signs of man-made or major natural changes to this section of the coast. Despite the fact that this is such a heavily used beach, I didn't find any garbage. The people seemed pretty respectful of their surroundings. The number of cars in the parking lot is about a third of what it used to be since overnight camping was banned. I was amazed to see so many feathers in the driftline, as I don't think anything is molting this time of year.
  • From the trailhead leading to Short Sand beach
    October 9, 2009
  • From the trailhead leading to Short Sand beach
    October 9, 2009
  • Lots of feathers!
    Lots of feathers!
    South end of Short Sand
    October 9, 2009
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