Mile 334 Report

November 27, 2009
by croegner

Location:
Clatsop
Columbia Beach, Warrenton, Camp Rilea MR
Conditions:
Friday 1:00 PM
Humans / Pets:
People:
5
Dogs:
0
Activities:
Walking / Running:
5
Playing in surf:
0
Playing in sand:
0
Sitting:
0
Rockhunting:
0
Tidepooling:
0
Surfing:
0
Windsurfing:
0
Kayaking:
0
Fishing:
0
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
0
ATVs/OHVs parking:
0
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
9
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
0
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
0
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
0
Activity Comments:
5 humans walking, 3 near water level and 2 in strandline.Cars were driving past; none parked.
Notable Wildlife:
2 crows frolicking in wind near dunes. One gull in lower beach. Otherwise deserted.
Dead Birds:
Total:
11
Signs of oil:
0
Entanglement:
0
Species/names:
All appeared to be gulls, none fresh.
Stranded:
Total:
1
Sea lion. Intact except for open hole in belly and lack of most of the head.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Many logs with large goose barnacles, some of the biggest Ive ever seen.
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Plastic pellets·Wood pieces
a lot of confetti -sized plastic, plastic bottles.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Burial of dune grass by blowing sand on dune crest
Comments:
Summary:
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 and sediment still held by roots). A fair amount of the logs on the beach were festooned with pelagic goose barnacles (Lepas), some with 3-cm capitula and 10-cm stalks (big - see pic). These logs were probably at sea for an extended time. Bull kelp (Nereocystis) also littered the strand as both single specimins and large tangled clumps. There was a lot of confetti-sized plastic particles concentrated in the most recent tide line, as well as plastic bottles and assorted refuse distributed throughout the strand. Based on debris and sand patterns, it looked as if the waves have been working at the foredune. I encountered 11 well-dead gulls and one mostly-intact sea lion. 2 live crows cavorted in the slip stream of the dune face, one live gull stood for a while in the swash zone. 15 vehicles drove by, 5 persons beside me were working off turkey and stuffing.
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2019

February 21, 2019 - Merce and Michael
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2018

November 7, 2018 - Merce and Michael
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August 6, 2018 - Merce and Michael
One dead adult Ochre Sea Star was found, with no evidence of wasting. Otherwise the mile was enjoyable but thoroughly uneventful.

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
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2009

December 12, 2009 - croegner
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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.