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Mile 157 Report
November 13, 2010
Drizzly day on Mile 157; my friend Patricia came along for the first time.
Drizzly day on Mile 157; my friend Patricia came along for the first time. Unusual number of dead birds (only once before have I found that many on this mile), but given that it's November and that most were northern fulmars, not that unusual. Most of the dead birds were very fresh, appeared to be juveniles. There were probably additional dead fulmars we didn't see. No crab molt at all; debris was almost entirely razor (and a few other) clam shells and tons of kelp--HUGE wads of kelp, and even several big rocks with kelp hold-fasts attached. Also an unusual number of large driftwood stumps on the beach. Saw almost no live birds (no sanderlings)--just a few gulls busy picking at the dead fulmars. There were large piles of debris at both beach trailheads; apparently beach walkers have collected debris and dumped it here for someone else to pack out.
Number of people: 2. Walking or running: 2.
Cars/trucks parking: 6.
Total dead birds: 9. 7 northern fulmar1 rhinoceros auklet1 common murre
Stranded Marine Mammals
Total stranded mammals: 1. California sea lion, dead, fairly recent.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Wood pieces.
Erosion of vegetated foredune.
Actions & Comments
Foredune showed signs of recent erosion, but sand volume on beach still high (remains of fishing vessel Sanak not visible; buried under sand).
All Mile 157 Reports
It was another beautiful day on Mile 157, which we entered from the upper part of the Oregon Dunes Loop Trail.
Beautiful New Years Day at the beach, while it was cold and foggy in the valley.
Gorgeous day at the beach (crappy and cloudy and cold in Eugene).
There is a lot of buzz about whether the stuff on the beaches these days is from the tsunami.
Fair amount of ocean-borne debris, but unlike my last walk here about a month earlier, when the debris was d0ominated by Japanese plastic bottles (tsunami debris?