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Charmed by the beach this AM as I often am. Cliffs full of flowers: Asters, clustered white flowers(water parsley?)and common monkey flower. Small birds twitter and hop from branch to rock along the cliffs. Common Murres and Black Oystercatchers on rocks at south end of beach. Kelp/algae, many feathers, plastic and Styrofoam in the driftline. Good infill on beach. The third house N of the first small headland has a massive structure on the beach to divert ocean waves. There is good infill in this area also with only slight dips on either side. Areas with with large pipe run offs are filling in also. No longer gullies, just washes. Slight sign of cliff erosion. At north end, rock shelf breaking apart at a rapid rate. Was able to get over rocks and pull trash from this pocket beach. Trash mostly small pieces of Stryrofoam and plastic bottles. There were much larger pieces of Styrofoam on 6/9. A piece of dock remains. Being used as trash basket again. Never any return phone calls from Parks Dept on this. There was a hearing last week on planned new development to prevent erosion. Al Solomon was the only person that spoke. He has information about this.

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: -1.3 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 4. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 4.

Concerns

Litter

Apparent violations: 2 people on island. Possible grad students OIMB.

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 1.

Notable Wildlife

Common Murres on rocks on S end of beach. On 6/9 saw Black Oystercatchers on same rocks. Cormorants continue to move inland to nest. They skip some trees, but then chose a tree further inland.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. At low tide line in seaweed. Guess that it is a Western Grebe.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Styrofoam, Wood pieces. many feathers

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August 1, 2021

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December 14, 2020

Emily K

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

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March 11, 2019

Lots of large wood on beach.

Emily K

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

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September 18, 2018

Access to beach improved.

Emily K

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April 15, 2017

Lots of small pieces of styrofoam at highest/storm tide level on beach.

Emily K

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January 14, 2017

Emily K

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August 31, 2016

It appears there is a lot of bluff erosion.

Emily K

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April 24, 2016

First time surveying this beach.

Anonymous