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Mile 102 Report
April 20, 2015
An exciting morning on the southern stretch was marked by a baby seal on the beach crying for mother.
An exciting morning on the southern stretch was marked by a baby seal on the beach crying for mother. (Went back later to find baby gone and mother's trail to the sea.) Spotted my first turkey vulture of the year, dining on a long-dead beaver. Other live wonders: sanderlings, gulls, cormorants, Canada geese, crows. Three rock hunters and 2 dog walkers; 6 vehicles in the parking lot. Wood appears to be moving out to sea from the jetty south to the first cluster of big rocks. Cloudy, moderate north wind and 50. Fewer Velella velella on this stretch, compared with the northern segment thick with them on the high line. The closed upper parking lot for the Coquille River lighthouse apparently was the scene of driftwood fire parties. Perhaps a foot patrol is in order there.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: -1.3 feet.
Number of people: 5. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 2.
Cars/trucks parking: 6.
Baby seal, turkey vulture, Canada geese, gulls, sanderlings
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
Unusual concentration. Velella velella
Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam. Dead beaver, plastic bottles, caps
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Common murres continue to wash up in the high line along Jetty Beach.
It has not been a happy time for common murres on Elephant Rock of late.
Another dead fur seal washed up a few weeks after one did on the southern half of Mile 102, this time further north of Coquille Point.
A fur seal pup washed up in the high-tide line a few yards north of the 8th St.
A calm, overcast morning of 55 drew 8 folks and 4 dogs to the beach at 7 a.
A chilly NW wind didn't deter 9 folks -- 5 rock hunting, the others walking -- from hitting the South Jetty beach on an overcast morning with a low tide of 0.