Mile 48 Report

October 16, 2020
by JaneSkipLegacy

Location:
Curry
Beach southeast of Battle Rock, north of Hubbard Creek
Conditions:
Friday 2:45 PM
70° F
Wind:
Moderate from the N
Tide Level:
4.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
People:
31
Dogs:
2
Activities:
Walking / Running:
17
Playing in surf:
1
Playing in sand:
4
Sitting:
3
Rockhunting:
1
2 horseback riders 1flying a kite
Concerns:
Climbing bluffs/seastacks
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Cars/Trucks parking:
15
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
1
Activity Comments:
The people climbing were on the trail up Battle Rock.
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Total:
6
Species/names:
One large sea gull was freshly dead with only eyes and some feathers gone. A single dog tracks next to it, so a dog might have been responsible for the wound and blood on it's back, but not enough tracks or sand disturbance to suggest the dog killed it.
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Small rocks·Kelp or Algae·Shells·Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)
Skeleton of a mammal about the size of a medium dog.
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Newly exposed roots/trees falling
The trees we saw fallen and partly green last time are now almost totally brown, so they must have been new fall in the spring.
Comments:
Summary:

The beach was quiet on this beautiful autumn day. We saw two people riding horses on the beach, which we had not seen here before and someone flying a kite. The ride was dropping toward a minus tide a few hours later. It was a Friday afternoon, which may explain why there were not as many vehicles as we saw this summer and the outgoing tide may explain why we didn't see the surfers we often see near Hubbard Creek.

Much less litter than last visit. We only saw that tarp, one plastic bag, a forgotten tee shirt and a bottle cap.

  • Horse riders enjoying the beach
    They rode our whole mile exactly, starting at Battle Rock and turning back at Hubbard Creek.
    October 16, 2020
  • Riders
    October 16, 2020
  • We noted this slide last report but did not know how recent it was. Since half the tree still had green needles last time and almost all are brown now, the slide must have happened this year.
    October 16, 2020
  • Closer look at the tree's needles. You can see the two colored tarp in the next picture in the upper right corner.
    October 16, 2020
  • October 16, 2020
  • Skeleton on the beach. I should have put something in the pic for scale, but it looked about the size of a medium size dog.
    October 16, 2020
Other Mile 48 Reports (8)

2020

August 22, 2020 - alaingamerica
Very pleasant day. Many people enjoying the beach. Dead birds distributed throughout mile, at least 3 different species. Removed a grocery bag full of litter including firework leftovers and dog poop...
  • Spineless sea urchin
  • Sea stars
  • Litter conundrum
  •  tiny sea star
  • Camping?

2019

October 23, 2019 - alaingamerica
Took a short walk on the beach and found 10 "intact" beached birds, most likely Common Murres. (no gloves!)

2015

July 4, 2015 - alaingamerica
Just taking a walk on the beach, and noticed a large amount of immature sand crabs in the wrack line.
  • A remarkable wash up of little sand crabs, I believe they are immature.
  • A closer look at what I believe is called Emerita

2014

November 5, 2014 - [email protected]
First time ever walking this beach after many many times observing it from the public rest area on the bluff above. Surprised at the amount of people using the beach at this time of yearVery surprise...

2012

April 4, 2012 - Muriah
Finder of the huge float said that it looked like the one in the photo in the newspaper that was said to be possibly from the Japanese Tsunami. I sent this photo to meteorologist who sent it to NOAA...
  • Eanshin name embossed into huge float

2008

May 7, 2008 - cprince
eveything was relatively peaceful and clean! this will be my last report for this mile, as i am moving to portland.thanks everyone for caring for our beautiful coastline!
February 16, 2008 - cprince
another beautiful day, more than average human/dog/vehicle traffic on the beach. the small black and white birds i saw last week were gone, found a few dead seagulls and one black and white gull,...
  • this is one of many dead gulls i saw down near hubbard creek. that is their main hang out, right along the creek. i assume they perished in the bad weather. no oil or any obvious cause of death.
  • rock piles on beach 1/2 way down mile 48. very un-typical of this beach, at least in the 5 yrs. i have walked it.
February 11, 2008 - cprince
the most notable difference from the last time i visited, about a month ago, was that there were large piles of rocks 1/2 way down the mile. it was difficult walking over them, and they lay from the...