Mile 325 Report

January 18, 2020
by sultanym

Location:
Clatsop
Clatsop Plains, Gearhart south
Conditions:
Saturday 3:30 PM
Cloudy
50° F
Wind:
Strong from the N
Tide Level:
0.5 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
19
Dogs:
9
Activities:
Walking / Running:
17
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
People were walking dogs on the beach, walking/running for fitness, and one couple was taking photographs and another was beach combing the low-tide wrack line.
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Observed the following bird species on the beach: 6 Western Snowy Plovers, 80 Sanderlings, 2 Bald Eagles, 1 Peregrine Falcon, and 1 male Northern Harrier in the dunes.
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)
Wrack line consisted of crab casings, shells, woody debris, logs, and some land-based plastics (water bottles, food wrappers).
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:

No violations observed and no actions taken. 

Summary:

Today, I spent one hour walking mile 325 with the primary purpose of birdwatching. I observed 6 Western Snowy Plovers foraging along the low-tide line near a large group of Sanderlings. The official status of the Western Snowy Plover is listed as threatened. A Peregrine Falcon fly low over the high tide line and then out over the beach. Weather was cloudy with moderate to strong winds. Found large plastic debris near the mouth of the Necanicum River Estuary and photographed below. 

  • A federally protected species listed as threatened.
    January 18, 2020
  • Large Plastic Debris
    January 18, 2020
  • South end of mile 325, looking North of Necanicum River
    Beach and Dune near the mouth of the Necanicum River
    January 18, 2020
  • Large tree washed up on the beach with sand deposited around it.
    January 18, 2020
  • Intact Shell: Moon Snail
    January 18, 2020
Other Mile 325 Reports (13)

2019

December 9, 2019 - dicknfamily
November 26, 2019 - dicknfamily
Several mushrooms species in the dune forest area immediately east of the Mile 325. See photos.
November 17, 2019 - dicknfamily
Sea lion or large seal carcass on Gearhart beach between D Street trail and Pacific Way trail. See attached photo.

2017

July 21, 2017 - dicknfamily
July 19, 2017 - dicknfamily
Another beautiful day in Gearhart at mile 325, amazing to see the gray whales migrating through and spending the better part of the day just offshore.  In the last few weeks I've enjoyed sighting...
July 15, 2017 - dicknfamily
For the past two weeks (approx July 1-15) I've been walking twice a day between the D. Street trail south along the beach at Mile 325, around the bend to Little Beach over the Necanicum river estuary...
  • Bald Eagle

2009

September 23, 2009 - williamjune
Beach clean and uncrowded on this mid week walk. Most distinguishing items are many dead herring like fish washed up at the high tide line and the northward meander of the Necanicum river which has...
April 11, 2009 - BeachCats
Major beach erosion continues, as well as shifting land shapes. Very interesting! Not surprised since there are no barriers such as driftwood or boulders to stop the natural wave erosion. Last time...
  • Major natural erosion since 2 years ago!  From this vantage point, it used to be all land - maybe 20 feet taller with lots of beach grass and occasional small trees.
  • Natural erosion since there are no barriers. Not sure if upper sandy grassy areas are bird nesting sights. ???  Some pretty rough waves could wipe them out fairly easily since its just sand & grass.
  • Just a pretty picture that show erosion.  Log may be a danger, but aren't all logs a danger on the coast?

2008

November 29, 2008 - BeachCats
Lots of wave action erosion since 2007! See diagram of peninsula. Red signifies are that is missing now since 2007. Very interesting how much chnage has happened. Lots of rolling sand hills with...
  • Red shows what has eroded since 2007
  • Peninsula broken by wave action
  • Lots of shoreline oil looking substance someone told me was actually algae
  • Shoreline enchroached on driftwood fort by about 75 yards since 2007.
August 3, 2008 - BeachCats
Very little man made trash! Very surprised at the extent of the beach that has been taken over by the sea. The birds were noticably absent from the northern and middle sections of the mile, but...
  • Usually, all the water area in the background has been sandy beach
  • Sand eroding into the water, as we watched! Beach passage was eliminated.
February 16, 2008 - BeachCats
Overall we saw very few birds this time, but we usually see a lot of birds. There was a lot of erosion all along the beach.
  • Usually it's a gentle slope down into the beach
  • This is what happened to the fort that we mentioned. It will probably be rebuilt by kids in the summer. It is still a danger. We should probably take away some driftwood still there.

2007

August 11, 2007 - BeachCats
The most interesting thing was the large group of seagulls. It was a beautiful quiet day, with no major concerns.
June 2, 2007 - BeachCats
We saw very little driftwood, but many old campfires in the sand. At the South end of our mile we saw a large fort that someone made that had a mattress inside of it that is very dangerous. Only...
  • It has a black head with a white stomach (or body)
  • Looks dangerous for children