Mile 334 Report

November 7, 2018
by Merce and Michael

Columbia Beach, Warrenton, Camp Rilea MR
Wednesday 1:45 PM
53° F
Tide Level:
5.4 ft
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
The dog was leashed.
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
We counted 1,150-1,300 Dunlin on the wet sand, loafing, feeding, & sleeping. There were about 100 Sanderlings here & there, with a few Western Sandpipers mixed in. We also came across a few mangled jellies (Moons?), bits of Razor Clams & Sand Dollars. But there wasn't a trace of any Dungeness Crab parts, which was a bit unusual.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
1 small dead fish, which Fawn thinks might be a Topsmelt. (Thanks Fawn!)
Kelp or Algae
Came across a 10' long piece of rope & a 1" square bit of a snack wrapper. The beach was otherwise clean, though we didn't walk the high tide line. As usual we didn't bring a microscope to look for microplastics which were doubtless present.
New Development:
Natural Changes:

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

  • 1,150-1,300 Dunlin
    November 7, 2018
  • 1,150-1,300 Dunlin
    November 7, 2018
  • High tide line
    November 7, 2018
  • Un-ID'd dead fish, the only one in the mile. Fawn thinks it might be a Topsmelt. (Thanks Fawn!)
    November 7, 2018
Other Mile 334 Reports (13)


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...


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.


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...


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...


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...


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...


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.