Mile 308 Report

January 1, 2015
by John Markham

Location:
Clatsop
Arch Cape (community), Asbury Creek
Conditions:
Thursday
Cloudy
9° F
Wind:
Calm/Light
Tide Level:
0.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
12
Dogs:
3
Activities:
Walking / Running:
12
Concerns:
Litter
Disturbances:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
Activity Comments:
People walking some with dogs off-leash
Notable Wildlife:
35 dead auklets, 5 dead murrres, 1 dead gull, 2 others. (Four days earlier, I found a headless northern fur seal washed in and reported it to the Marine Stranding Network, whose representative removed it.)
Dead Birds:
Total:
43
Species/names:
COASST bands on wings of two birds
Stranded:
Total:
0
See above
Fish & Invertebrates:
Some large clumps of Nereocystis washed in.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Small rocks·Wood pieces
Much plasztic debris. Large plastic cover(?) with stainless steel fittings, bearing lepadimorph barnacles indicating long ocean
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Landslides/major boulder falls
New slide in front of two houses bearing crumpled stairway.
Comments:
Tarp on slide indicated that property owner is dealing with situation.
Summary:
A fine day to start the New year with a pleasant walk on the beach. Yesterday, New Year's Day, I joined a crowd of perhaps 40 others for the traditional Arch Cape dip in the surf - it was actually enjoyable!There is more plastic debris than usual, from nerdles up to quite large fragments.
Other Mile 308 Reports (21)

2020

March 26, 2020 - John Markham
An overcast day with occasional light sprinkles, but overall pleasant. A few people in small separate groups. Everything appears fine on my 1.8 km-long stretch of beach.

2019

November 13, 2019 - John Markham
January 13, 2019 - John Markham
Two new colverts installed.

2018

September 29, 2018 - John Markham
 Exotic pampas grass (native to South America) on face of seacliff.
July 31, 2018 - John Markham
Several western gulls standing on beach. Flocks of brown pelicans flying over.
March 1, 2018 - John Markham
Pleasant late-winter day on the beach between showers.

2017

October 4, 2017 - John Markham
Another pleasant warm fall day on the beach.
April 30, 2017 - John Markham

2015

September 23, 2015 - John Markham
The sand level is unusually high, with the high-tide line close to 100m out from shore. There were more people than expected on a weekday, but the pleasant weather was inviting. The beach appears...
June 5, 2015 - John Markham
Sand level is higher than it has been in several years. I took measurements the day before. The day at the beach was fine despite the wind. I am quite happy that here were few people to share it with...

2013

February 1, 2013 - John Markham
A fine day to be on the beach, though almost nobody was. There were many washed-in clumps of fresh Nereocystis leutkeana. I saw more plastic nerdles than in several years. A landslide just south of...

2012

August 1, 2012 - John Markham
A quiet cool day at the beach.
February 5, 2012 - John Markham
A beautiful spring-like day on the beach.

2011

September 16, 2011 - John Markham
A pleasant morning on a fine beach being enjoyed by a small gathering of respectful visitors. One neighbor formerly had a zig-zag stairway down to the beach from his home atop a high cliff with a...

2010

July 7, 2010 - John Markham
No evident cause for concern. There were many flies and beetles struggling on the beach. Small washed in Nereocystis, Fucus. Molts of Cancer magister and Emerita analoga, tests of Dendraster...

2007

November 25, 2007 - John Markham
Quiet pleasant day.
June 17, 2007 - John Markham
Fine day on the beach, but an unsually large crowd of people.
May 13, 2007 - John Markham
People enjoying beach, driftline evident.

2006

June 1, 2006 - John Markham
Nothing of partcular concern seen.
March 2, 2006 - John Markham
Nothing out of the ordinary; birds seen: immature bald eagle, fledging grebe, many gulls.

2005

October 4, 2005 - John Markham
A few more dead birds than usual (2 western grebes, 2 immature gulls, 1 american crow, 4 common murre). Notable molts.