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A fair number of people were out walking, considering the sharply chilly day. Only three or four dogs, the most memorable a miniature dachsund attacking the surf, urged on by its owner. It was fun and surprising to see a game of bocce ball in progress. Runoff from last night's rain was still carving its way through the sand from the bluffs all along the mile. Most of the five Northern Fulmar carcasses in the drift line had been well picked over. Thanks to the CoastWatch update for providing me with the ID -- Cassin's Auklets -- of the three smaller beached birds I saw. There were quite a few plastic fragments on the beach. Many were yellowed and/or mossy and looked to me like tsunami debris. See photos for a couple of nonplastic items that also seemed to have made a long journey to the Oregon shore. Close to the turnaround point I found a handy trash-collection receptacle, so I picked up whatever would fit into it on my way back.

Conditions

Temperature: 48 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 6.3 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 20. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 15. Other Activities: Bocce ball. Perhaps because of the chilly weather, most people were walking fairly briskly. First time I've seen a game of bocce ball on the beach!

Concerns

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 1.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 8. 5 Northern Fulmars, 3 Cassin's Auklets

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces. A fair number of hard plastic pieces and smaller items like bottle tops.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

February 25, 2024

What a gorgeous February day.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

February 12, 2023

A pleasant afternoon on the mile.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

October 19, 2022

Clean beach, mostly sunny day, although toward the end of my visit a chilly fog enveloped us.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

August 3, 2022

Another beautiful day and a very clean beach -- impressive given the full campground at the height of summer.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

May 13, 2022

A pleasant, sunny, slightly breezy afternoon on the mile.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

January 8, 2022

Large chunks of bluff have fallen right at S boundary of Tillicum Beach CG.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

November 13, 2021

Another beautiful day on the mile, warm and calm, after a couple of days of heavy rain.

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Mile 197

San Marine, Tillicum Beach, Tillicum Beach CG

July 28, 2021

A pretty, quiet morning on the mile; only about 30 people and 5 or 6 dogs (unleashed) were out on the beach.

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