Mile 327 Report

February 9, 2020
by sultanym

Location:
Clatsop
Clatsop Plains
Conditions:
Sunday 7:30 AM
37° F
Tide Level:
1.1 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
1
Dogs:
3
Activities:
Walking / Running:
1
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
None
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
5
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Observed 5 Bald Eagles, including two on the beach with a recent kill (gull), one Common Raven, and one Glaucous-winged Gull.
Dead Birds:
Total:
7
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
Northern Fulmar- 1 Gull-2 Unidentified birds- 4
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Styrofoam·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Wrack line contents included hundreds of Cnidaria Velella (by the wind sailors), bull kelp, a few crab casings and mole crab shells, shells, and a high concentration of ocean-based debris, including fishing rope of many colors, plastic bottle caps, lighters, a shotgun shell from duck hunters, and many hard plastic bottles, containers, and large lids 4-5 inches across in diameter.
New Development:
Modifications:
Sand removal
It appears that someone used machinery to move sand near Del Rey Beach access road to widen the beach access and create a bluff or hill of sand to the north and south of the entryway. Sand is pilled up on either side. Road access is improved.
Natural Changes:
Comments:
Summary:

Chilly, clear (37 degrees F) early morning walk with visible frost covering the beach sand on mile 327. The weekend's impressive King Tides revealed an abundance of debris. I removed 45lbs of trash (3 SOLV bags full of hard plastic, marine-based debris, large styrofoam pieces, including floats and water bottle with Japanese writing-see photo below), especially concentrated around Del Rey Beach access road entrance. Observed human feces and toilet paper in the dunes along the dunes access trail. Observed 7 dead sea birds, and was able to identify 1 dead bird as Northern Fulmar. Someone sawed part of a large tree limb washed up on the beach, leaving sawdust on the sand. Observed 5 Bald Eagles, two of which were feeding on a gull on the beach. 

  • Bald Eagle
    February 9, 2020
  • Bald Eagles feeding on a gull
    February 9, 2020
  • 37 degrees F, chilly, with full moon and frost on the sand at 7:45am
    February 9, 2020
  • Removed 45lbs of trash from the beach after King Tide weekend
    February 9, 2020
  • Early morning light on Del Rey beach from dunes trail access
    February 9, 2020
  • water bottle with Japanese writing on it
    February 9, 2020
  • Large debris washed up on sand
    February 9, 2020
Other Mile 327 Reports (15)

2020

June 16, 2020 - sultanym
Mid-morning walk on mile 327 with no wind and sunny weather. Observed 6 people recreating on the beach close to the Del Rey entrance road. One dead pinniped eared seal family Otariidae (photographed...
January 25, 2020 - sultanym
Late afternoon walk on mile 327 during an outgoing tide. Observed a recently dead fully intact beaver (Castor canadensis) about 0.25 south of Del Rey Beach access at Highlands Ln. Two people moved...
January 1, 2020 - sultanym
Windy, cloudy late afternoon beach walk covering 0.44 miles of mile 327. Significant amount of sea foam blowing across the sand and along the low tide line. Large woody debris and tree trunk washed...

2019

June 13, 2019 - sultanym
A quiet, cloudy mid-morning walk on Del Rey Beach, mile 327 with people clamming, walking, and sitting on the beach. Little wind and mild day. Observed a dead California sea lion on the beach near...
April 21, 2019 - sultanym
Human activities: I observed 15 people on the beach, 10 were clamming at the low tide line and 5 were sitting on the beach. Along this mile, there was much evidence of clamming with mounds of wet...
March 4, 2019 - Merce and Michael
Evidence of driving on dunes where vehicles aren't allowed.

2018

July 18, 2018 - Simonetal
Lovely day at the beach with many others enjoying recreation.

2016

November 15, 2016 - Simonetal
Windy, cloudy wintery day on beach at high king tide.  Surf comes up to edge of dunes and near the end of the asphalt surface of access road to beach at Del Rey entrance.  At 9:30 am we saw 8 fulmars...
May 10, 2016 - Bob Harvey
Dead sea lion 2 miles N of Del Rey Beach access, on the beach. Headless and still 7 ft. long
  • Dead headless sea lion found on the beach at Del Rey Beach State Recreation Area

2015

December 30, 2015 - Simonetal
Lovely cold day at beach with few recreational activities underway, including three horses out for a beach ride. Tides have been high into the dunes, to the very top over last week's king tides and...
  • Storm debris and overtopping of dune grass
  • tracks up dune, photo shows sand blown most of the way up the foredune.
  • debris and sand deposition at Del Rey Beach auto access
  • A sunny day at the beach, with debris and horses, looking north.
  • Beach puppy on log
November 21, 2015 - Simonetal
Lovely day on beach. People driving cars in accessible areas due to very cold weather, but sunshine. 19 people exploring beach. Few birds around, although we found 14 dead (see earlier list of...
  • Dead Raccoon, found down on beach
  • Dead raccoon, found on beach
  • Found dead raccoon on beach
  • Elk hide, Found on beach in two pieces. no other animal parts.
  • Elk hide, Found on beach in two pieces.
  • Skate egg case with barnacles
  • Sunfish? Found on beach up high
  • Chinese Spray Can, Golden Dragon, found on beach
  • Lori, Looking south on Oregon mile 327 with Tillamook Head in the background.
  • Horses at sunset; A pair of riders came up the beach at sunset. They parked their trailer in the vehicle parking lot by the Del Rey beach access.
  • Spotted 4 Killdeer at base of dunes.
January 17, 2015 - Simonetal
Nice windy day; lots of folks out driving the beach and a few hardy souls walking.

2014

December 20, 2014 - Simonetal
Found three dead birds (2 common murres, 1 red phalarope). High tide was at 6.6' hitting the low slope of the dunes and rushing into the roadway at least 100'. Only saw 2 people walking, and 2 cars...

2010

April 3, 2010 - Simonetal
Heard reports of glass floats being found; we found none. Very stormy, cold day. Few people out walking dogs or traveling the beach mile by vehicle.

2008

January 13, 2008 - tsunami
A bit more trash on the beach than usual, mixed with driftwood / seaweed, most likely washed in as a result of the heavy surf / high tides.The high water was tending to squeeze the pedestrians and...
  • plastic trash on the beach
  • Juvenile bald eagle