Mile 328 Report

February 3, 2008
by tsunami

Sunset Beach, Clatsop Plains
Sunday 11:00 AM
Party cloudy
36° F
Calm/Light from the NW
Tide Level:
6.0 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
1 person walking a horse
Driftwood removal
Apparent Violations:
6 logs cut with chainsaw
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
four carcasses, looked like gulls, all with colored zip-ties around the wing bones. Found out this is a method bird-survey groups use to identify how long a bird has been on the beach (but PLASTIC zip-ties? That seems dumb.)
Fish & Invertebrates:
Found a very strange bit of dead sea-life, a big blubbery mass about 5' across, with skin similar to shag carpet, and no apparent head or appendages, just fat tube-like things running all over.
Kelp or Algae·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Land-based debris (picnics, etc.)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Styrofoam·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Found 4 bird carcasses with zip-ties around the two bones of one wing. Checked it out and found out that this is a method beached bird survey groups use to identify the number of days a dead bird has been on the beach. Ironic (stupid in my opinion) that they use non-biodegradable plastic zip ties given that plastic is such a serious hazard for birds in the first place. Also found where someone had dumped a bucket of dog feces on the beach (I'll spare you the photo). And just north of the Del Rey beach access (on mile 327), an old desk that someone drove in and dumped in the sand. Leavings of six separate driftwood cedar logs that had been chainsawed up in place and the wood removed.More driftwood than I've seen all year, mostly high on the beach and into the dune (but still not nearly as much as the peak of winter 05-06 and 06-07.)
  • desk dumped in the sand
    desk dumped in the sand
    about 200 yards north of the Del Rey beach access
    February 3, 2008
  • One of four bird carcasses (look like gulls) each of which had several zip ties around the two bones of one wing (dead bird survey method).
    One of four bird carcasses (look like gulls) each of which had several zip ties around the two bones of one wing (dead bird survey method).
    300 yards north of Del Rey beach access
    February 3, 2008
  • Looks like nothing so much as a piece of shag carpet but the seagulls picking at it had exposed the pink flesh underneath -- ewww....
    Looks like nothing so much as a piece of shag carpet but the seagulls picking at it had exposed the pink flesh underneath -- ewww....
    300 yards north of Del Rey beach access (on mile 327)
    February 3, 2008
Other Mile 328 Reports (16)


April 26, 2020 - tsunami
Beautiful calm sunny day on the beach. We spent most of the time down at the wrack line at low tide and saw very little non-natural debris and no dead birds or sea life other than shells and some...
  • Mile 128, 4/26/2020


July 30, 2015 - Jann Luesse
A beautiful, warm, sunny morning. Lots of dead crabs & parts freshly washed in were a feast for the gulls. People playing and relaxing along the shore, no doubt preparing for the 90 degree day...


June 30, 2014 - Jann Luesse
A beautiful sunny day with a bit of wind. The heat brought people to the beach along with their fireworks and campfires. Unfortunately they leave the debris behind. Styrofoam is still showing up...


September 13, 2012 - Jann Luesse
Hundreds of birds were swarming along the surf line, from pelicans to small shorebirds. They were so thick they blackened the horizon. Quite an amazing event. Can't believe I didn't have my camera...
February 3, 2012 - Jann Luesse
Another beautiful, sunny, calm day at the beach. Low tide exposed lots of beach and many sand dollars and other shells. People walking with dogs, some on leashes, some not. Some large wood at high...


December 29, 2010 - Jann Luesse
Lots of blowing sand in the high winds. The most notable change is the growing height of the dunes. I've had to add an extension to the mile markers as the dune height continues to grow.
October 13, 2010 - Jann Luesse
warm sunny day at beach.
May 2, 2010 - tsunami
Nice day, a bit windy. Moderate number of cars on the beach. Most behaving themselves but a couple speeding (~40 mph). Several came uncomfortably close to us as we walked -- I can't help but wonder...
March 6, 2010 - tsunami
Lots of cars and people on the beach today, several speeding close to people. One very sad display of disrespect for our natural resource (and safety of others on the beach) -- a truck dragging a La-...
  • Some jerk dragging a La-Z-Boy recliner around with his truck before dumping it on the beach.
  • The same guy after removing the rope, takes off down the beach at high speed.
  • Now SOLV gets to deal with it.


October 24, 2009 - Jann Luesse
A very windy day on the beach. No live birds affected by algae foam seen on this mile. Very little foam in surf.
April 9, 2009 - Jann Luesse
Very slight wrack with small bits of kelp. Drift wood up high. Both land and sea based debris: plastic beverage containers, shoes, plastic bags, rope, plastic bucket.A vehicle was stuck straddling...
March 2, 2009 - Jann Luesse
Strong wind and blowing sand had covered most everything on the beach.


September 27, 2008 - tsunami
Pretty calm overall, didn't spend much time in the driftline, walked mostly down at the water's edge for the low tide. Nice tide pools, but the water is COLD. Very little litter -- thanks SOLV. A...
  • Crab about 4' above the low tide line; hunkered down between the tire tracks, probably hoping the tide will get to him before he gets run over.
  • Watched this guy pull up to about a 2.5' tall sand castle someone had made, then back up and make a run at it... here's the result. A county sherriff happened to be driving by a few minutes later and stopped... presumably to administer an IQ test?
September 20, 2008 - Jann Luesse
Not much new this month. Lots of kelp in the wrack line.
January 27, 2008 - tsunami
Light traffic today, very few other people on foot or in cars. The usual evidence of people driving up onto the protected dunes (5 sets of tracks), a bit surprising given the recent erosion and...
  • tire tracks in protected dunes
  • tire tracks in protected dunes
  • typical trash
  • Trail marker post showing dune height growth -- shorter post used to be 8' tall (3 years ago), taller one was 8' tall last summer, now 6' tall.


June 8, 2007 - Jann Luesse
Usual quiet weekday, with three people walking the beach.