Mile 97 Report

May 21, 2009
by D Bilderback

Location:
Coos
Bandon SP, between Twomile Cr and Bradley Lake
Conditions:
Thursday 8:15 AM
Sunny
50° F
Wind:
Moderate from the NW
Humans / Pets:
People:
0
Activities:
Concerns:
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Sanderlings foraging on beach. Ring-billed Gulls standing on beach. A flock of Canada Geese, and a flock of Whimbrels flying over the beach.
Dead Birds:
Total:
1
Species/names:
Pigeon Guillemont
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
Kelp or Algae·Shells·Small rocks
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Two riptide embayments on mile.
Comments:
Beach slope of 3-5 degrees.
Summary:
A few shells, animal casings and small rocks in the driftline. Beach flat with a slope of 3-5 degrees with two riptide embayments. Sanderlings foraging on beach. Flocks of Canada Geese and Whimbrels flying north over beach. Ring-billed Gulls standing on beach. One dead Pigeon Guillemot. Air and ocean temperature of 50 and 48 degrees F, respectively. Wind speed of 20.8 mph. Low human impact (0).
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Other Mile 97 Reports (73)

2013

December 8, 2013 - D Bilderback
A nearly nonexistent driftline with just a few Chrysaora jellies and a few small rocks. Beach was flat with large amounts of decaying Bull Kelp sloping at 4 degrees to the ocean. 19 Snowy Plovers and...
  • This fall there were large piles of Bull Kelp washed in from storms.  These piles decay and we saw Snowy Plovers feeding on the insects around these decaying piles.
June 9, 2013 - D Bilderback
A light diftline of a few Postelsia, some Fucus, Ulva, Hymenena and Nereocystis, crab molts, broken Sand Dollars, jellies, the Ctenophore, Pleurobrachia, the Tunicate, Salpa maxima and Phyllospadix,...
March 19, 2013 - D Bilderback
Sparse driftline of small rocks, a few shells and broken Sand Dollars, one clump of Bull Kelp (Nereocystis) and a few strands of Macrocystis. A small number of plastic bottles on the beach. A few...
  • Beach is almost flat today.  Little driftline as the wind has blown it clean!

2012

November 24, 2012 - D Bilderback
European beachgrass dominated the driftline. A few Bull Kelp, Sea Palm and oak acorns also were present. Broken Sand Dollars and shells also present in the driftline. Twenty-two Snowy Plover resting...
September 18, 2012 - D Bilderback
Shells, rocks, crab carapaces, a few kelp/algae, wood, green phytoplankton scum, broken sand dollars in driftline. Seven Snowy Plover on dry sand and Sanderlings on dry sand and at surfline. One...
June 17, 2012 - D Bilderback
Light driftline of many Ctenophores, small rocks, a few shells and crab carapaces, one Sea Star and pieces of the flowering plant, Lasthenia maritima. A big rope tangle on the dry sand. One Caspian...
  • Here you can see the small flowers of this plant.  The nearest island from which this plant could have come is at least 2 1/2 miles north from here.
  • Unfortunately, this rope was buried too deeply for us to remove.
  • The Snowy Plover is on the right and the Sanderling is on the left.

2011

December 30, 2011 - D Bilderback
Light driftline with fresh water aquatic plants- Myriophyllum (Water Milfoil), terrestrial plant debris-stems, leaves and needles and saltwater plants, Phyllospadix (Surfgrass)and Eelgrass, Zostera....
  • In these rough seas, Western Grebes often drift ashore and rest for a bit before returning to fight the waves.
  • Notice the heavy foam line today!
September 19, 2011 - D Bilderback
The beach consisted of a high ridge of accumulated sand with a six degree slope and lagoons in the runnel. The ridge was broken by a riptide embayment and lagoon outflow. Tangles and individual...
  • Lots of sea grass was washed up today.
  • We found many parts of Sea Nettle Jellies along the beach today.
  • The yellow legs are a good species marker for these small sandpipers.
  • A Least Sandpiper foraging in a large runnel that has had Bull Kelp washed into it.
  • These birds love to rest next to dried Bull Kelp or other algae, making it a bit hard to see them.
June 19, 2011 - D Bilderback
The driftline consisted of discrete clumps of kelp/algae, Eelgrass and Surfgrass as well as shells, crab molt, small rocks, Ctenophores, worm tubes, broken Sand Dollars and snail egg cases. Pacific...
  • Pacific Coast Tiger Beetle or Cicindela bellissima on the south part of Mile 97.
February 21, 2011 - D Bilderback
A few Sanderlings and 190 Least Sandpipers were on the high beach. Driftline was very limited with an occasional shell and a few small rocks. More logs,dunegrass debris and wood was at the south end...
  • Dave (6' 2") is standing next to the largest riptide embayment erosion on Mile 97.
  • Dave is standing at the north end of this long riptide embayment erosion.
  • Least Sandpipers blend right in with the driftwood and it is easy to overlook them from a distance.

2010

December 31, 2010 - beachnut
We finally got a break in the wet, windy, chilly weather--and this was a super end to the year on our lovely beach. A family of 3 was hauling SOLV bags full of rubbish and scads of fishing nets as we...
October 23, 2010 - D Bilderback
Light wrack of shells, feathers, mole crab carapaces, gastropod egg cases, kelp/algae and the flowering plants, Zostera (Eelgrass) and Phyllospadix (Surfgrass). Some Nereocystis (Bull Kelp) stipes...
  • This driftwood moose is closer to the foredune now.
September 10, 2010 - D Bilderback
A light wrack of seaweeds (Fucus, Macrocarpus, Egregia and Postelsia), Eelgrass (Zostera) and Surfgrass (Phyllospadix), two Aurelia Jellies, wood pieces, a large wooden box and a small amount of...
  • As is common during this time of the year, there are large runnels forming behind the sand that is being pushed on shore to form a ridge.  This runnel was at the northern part of the mile.
  • This may be part of a cupboard or just a wooden box.
  • This large runnel was found on the southern half of Mile 97.
August 6, 2010 - beachnut
More people (9) were on this usually deserted beach, two with unleashed large dogs. The wind from the NW was strong and chilly. Shell fragments as well as rockweed and eelgrass were scattered along...
  • Rockweed and eelgrass accumulated along the low-tide zone.
June 19, 2010 - D Bilderback
Driftline consisted mainly of small rocks, a few isolated kelp/algae (Macrocystis, Fucus, Cystoseira, Hymenena, Postelsia, Ulva, Laminaria, Nereocystis, Porphyra, Sargassum, Analipus and Egregia),...
  • Beautiful day on the beach.
  • Dave found this flattened tar ball on the beach and removed it.  It was the only tar ball that we found on this day.
April 18, 2010 - beachnut
No one was out at 8 a.m. on my stretch, though on the return 5 vehicles had arrived, but no one walked my mile. It turned into a glorious, mild, nearly windless day. Seven Snowy Plovers sought food...
March 13, 2010 - beachnut
High surf and vicious winds of the last several days have removed most of the logs and large branches that were here on my last walk. Surf and wind also brought in lots of plastic and glass bottles,...
February 17, 2010 - D Bilderback
Few shells, small rocks, bits of European Dunegrass, sponges (Neoesperiopsis), Hydrozoa and kelp/algae (Cryptopleura and Callophyllis) in the driftline. Little ocean-based debris. Two large clumps of...
  • We think that these eggs are fish eggs.  We saw two clumps of these on this beach today.
January 30, 2010 - beachnut
Most notable today were the lines of beachgrass in the tidelines and the profusion of logs on this stretch of beach that usually doesn't have much. Logs were even thrown up into the grassy dunes....
January 20, 2010 - D Bilderback
A large amount of European Beachgrass with some Gorse, shells, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in the driftline. Drift logs on the beach. Seventeen Snowy Plovers resting on the beach. Two flocks...
  • Today, we saw 17 Snowy Plovers on the beach.  Here they are resting with European Beachgrass.
  • High surf has eroded lots of European Beachgrass out of the foredunes onto the beach.

2009

December 28, 2009 - beachnut
This was a glorious beach-walking day (probably the last windless one of the year), and I took advantage of it. No people were out with me: just scads of shorebirds gathered up the beach on the wet...
  • a great gathering on wet sand near the southern part of my mile
  • foam shows the surf incursion at the snowy plover Habitat Restoration Area, looking south toward the big sign prohibiting motor vehicles
December 19, 2009 - beachnut
A very mild, fine beach day that I was alone in enjoying. Too bad....Surf was running high as the tide was coming in. Lots of marine trash; I carted out a SOLV bag full and could have lugged more if...
December 13, 2009 - D Bilderback
Light driftline with a few shells, small rocks, Sea Nettle jellies (Chrysaora fuscescens) and broken sand dollars. Two groups(3&10) of California Sea Lions swimming south and riding the waves....
  • Resting in divots of the sand helps camouflage Snowy Plovers from raptors flying above.
November 21, 2009 - D Bilderback
A light driftline consisting of feathers, gastropod egg cases, infrequent kelp and algae, few shells and rocks, two logs covered with pelagic gooseneck barnacles, barnacle and sand crab castings,...
  • Pelagic Goose-neck Barnacles (Lepas antifera) cover this log.  This had just freshly washed in giving this log a Medusa-looking appearance!
  • Closeup of the Pelagic Goose-neck Barnacles (Lepas antifera).  Normally, when we come upon these logs, the barnacles have long since dried out, but today, they were still alive. Dave threw the log back in the surf but it probably came back ashore.
  • This beautiful piece of driftwood has been uncovered again by the sea.  It was here last fall and winter.
November 7, 2009 - beachnut
Even a walk at low tide was fraught with exciting moments in this period of stormy surf, but it was a fine day nonetheless. Two dead seabirds and one harbor seal were the only downers. Lots of foam...
  • dead harbor seal, showing no wounds.
October 22, 2009 - D Bilderback
High tide extended to foredune with water accumulated in runnel. Outflow channels cut across the sand ridge. A few shells, crab carapices, Hydrozoa and kelp as well as one skate egg case with more...
  • I'm enjoying using my zoom lens on the Snowy Plover today because they were just resting, not running.
  • This dark phase Northern Fulmar was resting on the beach.  This photo shows the prominent tubenose of this bird.  These birds secrete salt through the tubenose allowing the bird to live at sea, far from fresh water most of its life.
  • This female Harbor Seal was reported to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
  • This small Eared Grebe was the first one that we have ever seen dead on the beach.
  • This is probably Raja binoculata, the Big-eyed Skate eggcase.  These often get torn from the rocks or sea floor where the mother skate laid the egg during high surf.
September 17, 2009 - D Bilderback
A few shells, Hydrozoa, crab carapaces, a large dried clump of Feather-duster worms, kelp/algae and Zostera (Sea Grass) in the driftline. Flocks of Sanderlings and 12 Snowy Plovers on high beach....
  • This dried clump of Feather-duster worm tubes (Family Sabellidae) is unusual to see on the beach. Each of these tubes held a worm with a beautiful plume (like a feather duster) that the worm uses to both gather food and to breathe.
  • The two juvenile Sanderlings have the darker patterned back, while the adults are in their non-breeding plumage this time of the year.
  • This dead California Sea Lion was reported to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.
July 13, 2009 - D Bilderback
Shells, crab casings, kelp/algae, Sea Grass, broken Sand Dollars, a few Sea Jellies, many worm casings and small rocks in driftline. Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers foraging on beach. Two Snowy...
June 20, 2009 - beachnut
As noted in the mile 98 report of today, the phantom atv operator came across China Creek and proceeded south until he reached the snowy plover habitat restoration area, where he turned around and...
June 19, 2009 - D Bilderback
Shells, small rocks, broken sand dollars, leather Bryozoa, Hydrozoa, the vascular plants, Lasthenia and Zostera and a little kelp/algae in the driftline. Two large aggregations of crab and barnacle...
  • There were two locations of large washups of the Crab molt along the mile.
May 13, 2009 - beachnut
I watched a regular beach walker on this stretch of coast come down the Christian Camp path and go under the "DO NOT CROSS" Snowy Plover fencing to access the beach today. He is old, has bad teeth,...
May 7, 2009 - beachnut
Finally the vicious winds and lashing rains abated enough for a long walk. Many piles of bull kelp lined the high-tide line, where small shorebirds (a few Snowy Plover as well as sandpipers and...
April 20, 2009 - D Bilderback
Light drift of shells, broken sand dollars and small rocks. One tar glob. Flocks of Sanderlings, Black-bellied Plover, and Brant's Geese migrating north. A small flock of Marbled Godwit feeding in...
  • There was a small flock of Marbled Godwits feeding in the surfline.
April 11, 2009 - beachnut
The morning was overcast, wind from the south (though not too bad at this point), and I had it all to myself. I was surprised to see four huge flocks of Canada geese flying over, heading south....
March 21, 2009 - D Bilderback
Light driftline with few invertebrates (Ctenophores, Hydrozoa, Mole Crabs, tunicate and molted appendages of barnacles), a few kelp (Cystoseira and Nereocystis), shells, small rocks, wood pieces and...
  • This pretty driftwood log is new to this beach.
March 18, 2009 - beachnut
A heads-up for the "snowy plover police:" Someone walked the Christian Camp trail to the nesting signage and went under the ropes to get to the beach. There were no tracks yesterday when I walked my...
March 17, 2009 - beachnut
An overcast, chilly morning brought no bad things to view. The Snowy Plover nesting signage is up from China Creek south through the nesting restoration area (and probably beyond, but I didn't go...
February 13, 2009 - beachnut
The sky was a deep, scary gray and clouds moving fast. But it was dry and a good walk. Saw a few gulls in the tideline as well as Sanderlings and Dunlins in groups there. The storm tides have...
January 13, 2009 - D Bilderback
Very light driftline of small rocks and some wood pieces. 26 Snowy Plovers, flocks of Sanderlings, Dunlins and Least Sandpipers foraging at surfline. Dead birds included one dead Western Grebe and...
  • This picture was taken on 1/11/09 after Barbara Harrison reported this dock and another large cement tank on Mile 96.
  • Lots of Dunlins today foraging in the surfline.
  • When Snowy Plovers sit still in the tracks, they almost "disappear"!  That's their natural way to avoid predators.  There was a cat plowing the Habitat Restoration Site today.
  • Here's a closer look at the Snowy Plovers and it is getting easier to see them.
  • This caterpillar was headed down the beach to finish up the plowing to remove the European Dune grass from the Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Area.
  • Plowing this area helps remove the European Dune Grass.  Snowy Plovers prefer to nest in areas that are without much vegetation so that they can see predators from a distance.
  • This is a dead Western Grebe.  It is recognized by it's slim and pointed yellow bill and the lobed toes.
  • Even if the carcass of a dead bird is almost unrecognizable, these unique feet will identify it as a Western Grebe.
  • The shape and length of Western Grebe bills can be used to determine the sex of the bird.  Males have a larger straight bill and the females have a smaller bill with a straight top bill but curved lower bill.  This bird appears to be a male.
January 3, 2009 - beachnut
Forget quiet and fresh air on this part of the coast: the bulldozer is churning down the beach a mile and a half (very slowly, very loudly, belching obnoxious diesel fumes) to the snowy plover...

2008

December 30, 2008 - beachnut
I was sad to see a newly dead pelican in the high tide line today; no scavengers had hit it either on my walk south or north. There had been about 3 dozen flying along the beach yesterday, mostly in...
December 13, 2008 - beachnut
The winter high tides and storm surges are already obvious along my mile. Logs, bull kelp and displaced beach grass clumps all attest to this phenomenon. Happily, I've observed no dead marine life (...
December 11, 2008 - D Bilderback
A complementary report to that of Beachnut of 12/10/2008 to upload bird photos and the track of a motorcycle on a prohibited beach. 23 Snowy Plovers hiding among the kelp and in footsteps. One dead...
  • Today there were many small flocks like this of Semipalmated Sandpipers.
  • This bird has leg bands and so probably is a resident here.
  • This bird has dark markings and is unbanded.  We wonder if it is a visitor rather than a resident?
  • Dave walked on a head and the Snowy Plovers have taken advantage of his footsteps for cover.  We have seen Snowy Plovers hide in ATV tracks in the Siltcoos area and so this is a common behavior for them.
  • You can tell that this is an adult Brown Pelican because of the pink color of the bill and the white head and neck feathers.  A juvenile pelican would have a brown bill and head and neck feathers.
  • Sooty Shearwater have a tubenose that enables them to spend most of their time at sea.  The tube nose is used to secrete salt and so the bird does not have to come ashore to drink fresh water.
  • This is a closeup of the tubenose that enables the Sooty Shearwater to secrete salt.  Sooty Shearwaters generally live their lives at sea.
  • Beachnut's report of 12/10/2008 reported this track.
December 9, 2008 - beachnut
It was a perfect day on the beach; I only shared it with the birds, which were quite numerous in this hour after high tide. Many sandpipers clustered along the bull kelp in the storm line....
October 22, 2008 - D Bilderback
A few old decaying Bull Kelp (Nereocystis)knots, clumps of Eelgrass (Zostera), a small number of Sea Palm (Postelsia)and Hymenena, a few shells, a few broken Sand Dollars, small rocks, feathers, and...
  • The decayed teeth are one sign that this animal probably was an older animal.
September 25, 2008 - beachnut
Bird life was notable along my mile: pelicans fishing outside the breakers; plovers, sandpipers and Sanderlings foraging along the tidelines. A dead salmon shark of about two feet long was in the...
September 16, 2008 - D Bilderback
Few shells and broken sand dollars, animal casings, kelp/algae (Postelsia, Hymenena, Egregia, Macrocystis, Nereocystis, Cystoseira), Eelgrass (Zostera) and small rocks in a thin and spotty wrackline...
  • This shows how the ocean is cutting into the sand with a strong riptide embayment on Mile 97.
  • Salmon Shark teeth showing two rows of teeth, typical of sharks.
  • This animal is a male Salmon Shark by the male claspers--the longer fins in the middle that help the animal mate with a female shark.
August 20, 2008 - D Bilderback
Light driftline of knotted and individual Nereocystis (Bull Kelp) and a few Postelsia (Sea Palm) and Cystoseira (Northern Bladder Chain). Beach sloping from 5 to 8 degrees. Five dead Common Murre...
August 1, 2008 - beachnut
Wildlife was abundant on this lovely day at low tide: Whimbrels, Turkey Vultures, Swallows, a couple of Snowy Plovers, one Crow, Sanderlings and, of course, gulls.Greenish goo was coming in with the...
July 25, 2008 - D Bilderback
Light driftline of a few shells, mole crab, broken sand dollars and small rocks. Harbor Seals swimming in surf. Heermann's Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, Turkey Vultures, 3 Snowy Plovers observed....
  • Lots of Western Gulls and Heerman's Gulls were on the mile today.
June 19, 2008 - D Bilderback
Rocks, a few shells of clam (Macoma sp.) and Pacific Razor Clam (Siliqua patula), broken Sand Dollars (Dendraster excentricus), molts of Dungeness Crab (Cancer magister) and numerous molts of the...
May 14, 2008 - D Bilderback
Kelp (Cystoseria, Halosaccion, Macrocarpus, Porphyra, Egregia, Nereocystis and Postelsia), crab molt, shells and one Sea Star, Hydrozoa, Phyllospadix (surf grass), Dodecaceria colony, a worm that...
May 14, 2008 - beachnut
State Parks crews yesterday installed signs and roped off the foredune along my entire stretch, from the Christian Camp access south to the habitat restoration area for the plovers. The tide level is...
April 24, 2008 - D Bilderback
Kelp (Postelsia, Porphyra, Fucus, Plocamium, Polysiphonia, Macrocystis, Cystoseira and Nereocystsis), clumps of freshwater pondweed, Potamogeton and the green alga, Cladophora, crab carapaces, small...
April 10, 2008 - beachnut
The tide levels generally are declining, meaning less overtopping and erosion of the grassy dune areas in this mile. However, the midway point still is susceptible to high tides. Small stones are now...
March 26, 2008 - D Bilderback
Light driftline of rocks, a few broken sand dollars, Ctenophores and the kelp, Porphyra. A few Sanderlings foraging at surfline. One dead muskrat and one dead Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel. Little...
  • A muskrat foot has stiff hairs to help it swim.
  • This is a close up showing the hairs on the flattened muskrat tail.
  • We went back to this carcass three days and found only a skull, a foot and a bit of fur left.  It looked like a raptor had eaten the carcass.This photo shows the detail of the foot.
  • This was taken three days later and this is all that remains of the head.
  • The underfur is very thick on this animal.
  • The Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel has a tubenose which secretes salt and allows this bird to remain at sea and not come ashore for fresh water.  The only time this bird commonly comes ashore is during breeding.
  • This shows the ventral (belly side) of the bird.
March 12, 2008 - beachnut
Dune erosion continues from China Creek south to New River/Two Mile. The Snowy Plover nesting signage and fencing are in place at China Creek in the usual area and also at the Plover Habitat...
February 26, 2008 - D Bilderback
A few Nereosystis (Bull Kelp), small rocks, wood and European Beachgrass stems in the driftline. One dead Common Murre and one dead Harbor Seal (previously reported to the Stranding Network). Beach...
  • This dead Harbor Seal was found by Barbara Harrison, CW for Mile 97 and she reported it to us.  We measured it on 2/20/08 and sent a report to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. This picture show the silvery spotted pelt clearly of a Harbor Seal.
  • Seal do not have external "ears" and this is one way to tell them from a Sea Lion.
  • This is the first rip tide embayment that we have seen in this mile in five years.
February 8, 2008 - beachnut
It was a pleasant walk from China Creek to Two-Mile/New River, but amazing in that the ocean has eaten into the dunes to the extent it has. The large sign signaling the end of vehicle access was...
January 18, 2008 - D Bilderback
Very light driftline of Elodea, Hymenena, Hydrozoa, a few shells and rocks. Western Gull, a few Sanderlings and a flock of Semipalmated Sandpipers on the wet sand. One dead Western Grebe and one...
January 14, 2008 - beachnut
Storm surges and unusually high tides have eaten away the vegetated dune along my mile, as well as south and north of it. In addition, logs continue to accumulate -- even in the dune areas. The Snowy...

2007

December 11, 2007 - D Bilderback
Little driftline but with some small rocks on the wet sand. Large flocks of Sanderlings, Semipalmated Plover and Dunlins foraging in the wet sand. 25 Snowy Plover foraging on wet sand and on the...
  • The recent high tides and storms have washed lots of wood high up on the Habitat Restoration area. This picture was taken looking south at the southern end of Mile 97.  The sign post is the southern limit of this mile.
  • Looking east back towards the man-made foredune on the Habitat Restoration Area.  Lots of wood showing the overwash of this area.
  • Taken at the northern edge of the Habitat Restoration Area looking north.  Lots of wood on the beach from the recent high tides and storms.
  • Notice the Dunlin's one-legged stance when resting.  They do have two legs!
  • This is the first dead raccoon that we have ever seen on the beach.
December 5, 2007 - beachnut
This is a radically changed beach since the two-day windstorm/high-tide period. Tons of wood, lots of trash from the sea, and 4 injured birds, possibly Western Grebes. Tides have gone well into the...
November 26, 2007 - D Bilderback
Very light driftline of rocks, wood, beachgrass and straw with a few sand crab and crab carapaces. Small amount of kelp (Fucus, Odonthalia and Hymenena). Wind was 2.7 mph from SW. The air and ocean...
  • We put this Harbor Porpoise up on a log as it is hard to see on the sand.
  • Close up of the Harbor Porpoise calf  head.
  • This is the other side of the head.
  • These teeth have barely begun to erupt and so are not like the "spatulate" teeth of an adult Harbor Porpoise.
  • The tongue of a Harbor Porpoise is fringed.
November 21, 2007 - beachnut
The body count on this stretch is higher than it has been in awhile (5 sea birds-1 gull, 1 Cormorant, 1 Common Murre and 2 unidentified birds, 1 Harbor Porpoise) during my almost daily walks. Though...
  • This young Harbor Porpoise did not have any obvious sign of death.
October 31, 2007 - beachnut
Ocean-borne litter is less abundant than usual, mostly plastic bags of various sizes this time. As usual, there is little sign of heavy human traffic -- perhaps 3 other people today on my stretch,...
  • Northern Elephant Seal on the beach.   Initially, was thought to be molting but in checking with an expert, this animal probably had a skin disease as NES should not be molting at this time of year. Photo by Diane Bilderback
  • See previous photo description.  Photo by Diane Bilderback.
October 25, 2007 - D Bilderback
Very light driftline with a few rocks and crab carapaces, eelgrass, and the algae: Nereocystis, Hymenena, Cryptopleura, Mazzaella, and Odonthalia. Beach slope of 6 degrees. 1 dead Northern Fulmar...
  • This Sanderling sat still for me to take it's picture.  Normally, Sanderlings are seen foraging in the surf.
September 18, 2007 - D Bilderback
The kelps: Postelsia, Lessoniopsis, Cystoseira, Hymenena, Nereosystis and Ulva, in driftline or higher up on beach. Very light driftline with a few shells, crab carapaces, snail egg cases, and small...
August 21, 2007 - D Bilderback
Kelp/algae, shells, crab carapaces (molt and dead), small rocks, large amounts of pieces of Lion's Mane Jellies, one dead gravid Mole crab and a few Velella velella in driftline. Low human impact (1...
  • You can see the "tube-nose" of this Leach's Storm-Petrel.
  • Note the orange egg mass on this dead sand crab.
  • The orange egg mass is still visible from this angle.
  • We separated the burning wood and covered it with sand to stop the burning.  This fire was reported to Robin Sears and Calum Stevenson.
March 22, 2007 - D Bilderback
Foraging Sanderlings and Dunlins in surfline. Nereocystis luetkeana, Cystoseira geminata, Cladophora columbiana, Postelsia palmaeformis, Porphyra sp., Halosaccion glandiforme, Macrocystis...
February 22, 2007 - GermanShep
Generally a quiet area, people often take dogs down to the beach with occasional conflicts between dogs. Small amount of kelp/alage, animal casings, small rocks, wood, styrofoam, broken glass and...

2006

December 19, 2006 - D Bilderback
Eleven Snowy Plovers on dry sand and many Sanderlings foraging on wet sand. Nereocystis knots on beach. Small amount of Cryptoplura, Callophyllis and Rhodomenia in driftline with dune grass...
September 6, 2006 - D Bilderback
Kelps (Postelsia, Nereocystis, Egregia, Lessoniopsis), sand crab molts, rocks, broken shells, broken sanddollars in driftline. 2 dead Common Murre. Beach with wide ridge of sand and very shallow...