Mile 334 Report

August 6, 2018
by Merce and Michael

Location:
Clatsop
Columbia Beach, Warrenton, Camp Rilea MR
Conditions:
Monday 10:15 AM
Cloudy
61° F
Wind:
Calm/Light
Tide Level:
4.2 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
1
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:
The usual critters: Semipalm Plovers, Least & Western Sandpipers, Sanderlings, Caspian & Common Terns, Brown Pelicans, Barn Swallows, Western Gulls
Dead Birds:
Total:
0
Stranded:
Total:
0
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Wood pieces·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)
Hardly any litter or debris seen, though we didn't bring a microscope to look for microplastics...
New Development:
Modifications:
Dune Modification
A few sets of tire tracks going up into the dunes perhaps 15-20' in a few places. The vegetation was gone so I suspect those are long-standing tracks.
Natural Changes:
Nothing noted.
Comments:
Summary:

One dead adult Ochre Sea Star was found, with no evidence of wasting. Otherwise the mile was enjoyable but thoroughly uneventful.

  • Dead adult Ochre Sea Star, no evidence of wasting
    August 6, 2018
Other Mile 334 Reports (13)

2019

February 21, 2019 - Merce and Michael
Another bright clear day on the northern Oregon coast. Swarm after swarm of Dunlin & Sanderlings kept whizzing past us, always from north to south. In all... conservatively there were >1,500...

2018

November 7, 2018 - Merce and Michael
We found a flock of 1,150-1,300 Dunlin. Otherwise we had the mile essentially to ourselves on a great sunny afternoon.

2012

October 5, 2012 - croegner
Beautiful autumn day with a warm east wind. Not many people about, but a fair number of sanderlings scurrying along the swash zone or standing about in small groups. Pelicans floated by scarce...

2011

November 25, 2011 - croegner
Took a late afternoon hike on mile from 335 to 334. Not much wildlife about. Humans were concentrated near Iredale, as usual. Strand was moderately covered with non-weathered wood, probably recently...
January 22, 2011 - croegner
A pleasant but relatively unremarkable walk. the strand was variable in composition but fairly thin, with a smattering of refuse. Mostly plastic bottles, as usual, and some patches of confetti-sized...

2010

October 11, 2010 - croegner
A splendid autumn morning near low tide. We immediately noted that sections of the surf inner zone were a deep chocolate brown, and on closer inspection saw the surface of the discolored water was...
February 7, 2010 - croegner
A sunny and mild neap tide, near low water. Light SW wind, waves 0.5-1.0 m. There were a few parked cars on the beach and a couple of clammers in swash zone; 4 dogs. The density of the strand line...
January 19, 2010 - croegner
Hit the beach at high water and large surf. There was an extensive breaker zone, with the SE wind blowing the wave tops into spray. The waves were actively eroding the foredune, which in places had...

2009

December 12, 2009 - croegner
Conditions at the beach were sunny and calm during a falling neap tide, and it was surprisingly warm during this intense cold spell we’ve been experiencing. Set out north to look for stranded...
November 27, 2009 - croegner
Set out around midday and low tide. Mostly cloudy with a stiff and steady NW wind; 1-2 m waves on beach. Wide strand line with wood debris ranging from twigs to logs and root wads (some with stones...

2007

November 29, 2007 - Simonetal
Cold day on beach with no people and only sanderings present. Bald eagle on post in parking lot.
May 5, 2007 - Simonetal
Unable to access beach, except by 4wd. DeLaura Beach Lane and attempt from Coffinbury Lake at Fort Stevens State Park were unsuccessful due to extreme water across roads and trails.
March 3, 2007 - Simonetal
Normal day at beach. Found 1 dead rhino auklet and 1 dead gull.