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Mile 102 Report
July 13, 2012
Heading north from the Coquille River Lighthouse early on an overcast morning midway between tides, there was little human activity (2 people, 2 dogs) but a whole lot of birds: hundreds of gulls gathered onshore, flying offshore or fishing and maybe a couple of dozen pelicans doing much the same.
Heading north from the Coquille River Lighthouse early on an overcast morning midway between tides, there was little human activity (2 people, 2 dogs) but a whole lot of birds: hundreds of gulls gathered onshore, flying offshore or fishing and maybe a couple of dozen pelicans doing much the same. Also, scads of cormorants were flying north as well as a smaller seabird in several large flocks that I couldn't identify. Not much litter was evident. But small stones were numerous along this half-mile stretch. No dead mammals or other life forms today. Hurrah! Vehicle tracks were visible just north of the lighthouse parking lot. One set was apparently a bulldozer moving logs toward the sea. I couldn't decide on the other set a bit north of there. Perhaps a beach ranger turning or some illicit driver.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 0.7 feet.
Number of people: 2. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 2.
Cars/trucks parking: 1.
Hundreds of gulls were resting along the 1/2-mile stretch of beach north of the Coquille River lighthouse;others were either flying or fishing. A handful of pelicans were engaged in these activities as well, and several others flew north along with scads of cormorants and a like number of unrecognized smaller seabirds
Small rocks, Styrofoam. relatively little litter; what I collected was from previous high tides.
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