Mile 327 Report

June 13, 2019
by sultanym

Location:
Clatsop
Clatsop Plains
Conditions:
Thursday 11:00 AM
Cloudy
58° F
Wind:
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
5.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
10
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
6
Playing in surf:
1
Playing in sand:
2
Sitting:
1
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Two people were using clam guns to search for clams along the low tide line.
Concerns:
Litter
Apparent Violations:
Litter observed on the high tide line (plastic bags, bottles). Sturgeon fish heads and tails on the low tide line being scavenged by gulls.
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
10
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
10
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
A quiet, cloudy day on Del Rey Beach. Some cars were driving along the wet sand, with one pick-up truck and a dog off-leash running behind the truck. A few people with clam guns, sitting on the beach near their cars, or walking along the beach.
Notable Wildlife:
Observed brown pelicans, western and California gulls, 1 Heerman's gull (photographed), Caspian terns, and double-crested cormorant.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
Pelagic cormorant
Stranded:
Total:
1
Observed one dead California sea lion (photographed) 200 yards from the Highlands Rd. Del Rey Beach entrance.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
Low tide line had scattered crab shells, small rocks, and other mollusk shells. Little plastic debris at the low tide line visible. Also observed California market squid egg case and some kelp.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:

No apparent issues, erosion, or significant natural changes. 

Summary:

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 the Highlands road beach entrance attracting some attention from curious beach-goers. Saw California market squid eggs, some kelp, and rocks at the low tide line. Plastic debris and fire pits past the high tide line and into the dunes. Contacted Dr. Debbie Duffield at PSU and Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network about the dead California sea lion. 

  • Dead California Sea Lion
    200 yards from Highlands Rd. beach access on the wet sand.
    June 13, 2019
  • California Sea Lion side view
    200 yards from Highlands Rd. beach access on the wet sand.
    June 13, 2019
  • California market squid egg case
    Del Rey Beach Mile 327
    June 13, 2019
  • Sturgeon heads and tails on beach
    Del Rey Beach Mile 327
    June 13, 2019
  • Dungeness Crab Shell
    Low tide wrack line Mile 327
Other Mile 327 Reports (11)

2019

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