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Mile 185 Report
February 12, 2015
A lovely day with no wind but very quiet and a bit dull with no sea stars, where we were used to seeing hundreds, and very few birds because of all the sea foam.
A lovely day with no wind but very quiet and a bit dull with no sea stars, where we were used to seeing hundreds, and very few birds because of all the sea foam. It was so thick we couldn't get to the end of the Stonefield Beach. Our way was also blocked at Tokatee Kloochman by the stream that was very big and strong so the rocks were dislodged, making it impassable even with our big boots on. As usual in the winter all the sand is in the North so the beach was all cobbles after the first sandy section. It was nice to find two new birds for the mile, both on the road going in that is now blocked by big stones to keep people out of the former parking area.
Temperature: 52 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 1.6 feet.
Number of people: 6. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 3. Tidepooling: 1. Two guys looking for interesting things to put into art sculptures. One lady in huge waders so she could go poking around in the tide pools.
Cars/trucks parking: 5.
Crows, Gulls, 2 Blue Herons, 1 Pelagic Cormorant, 1 Surf Scoter, 1 Marsh Wren (new), 4 Golden Crowned Kinglets (new). A lot of sea foam so very few birds in the water.
Total dead birds: 1. An small auklet, only a few feathers and one blue leg.
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Styrofoam, Wood pieces. one buoy, weight on bottom and striped pole on top, now recycled.
Visible retreat of solid bluff.
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