Report Details

Except for one small heavy patch of drift, the driftline was sparse with kelp/algae, Leather Bryozoa and crab carapaces. 25 Harbor Seals swimming in bay or hauled out on offshore rocks, Canada Geese flying north over ocean, Brandt's Cormorants nesting on offshore rock, A Raven nesting on a offshore rock, Pigeon guillemot swimming on the water and Seven Black Oystercatchers standing on rocks, two pair of which were nesting. Beach was flat with little slope to the ocean. Wind speed was 7.8 mph. The air and ocean temperatures were 53 and 52 degrees F., respectively.

Conditions

Temperature: 53 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW.

Notable Wildlife

25 Harbor Seals in bay or hauled out on offshore rocks, Canada Geese flying north over ocean, Brandt's Cormorants nesting on offshore rock. A Raven nesting on a offshore rock. Pigeon guillemot on the water. Seven Black Oystercatchers, two pair were nesting.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt). Leather Bryozoa (Flustrellidra)

Actions & Comments

Except for one small heavy patch of drift, the driftline was sparse. The kelp/algae found in the driftline were Alaria (Ribbon Kelp), Desmarestia (Acid Kelp), Callophyllis (Beautiful Leaf Seaweed), Egregia (Feather Boa Kelp, Cystoseira (Northern Bladder Chain), Fucus (Rockweed), Laminaria (Dense-clumped Kelp), Hymenena (Black-lined Red Seaweed), Postelsia (Sea Palm)Pterygophora (Old Growth Kelp)and Neorhodomela (Black Larch). Seagrass, Phyllospadix, also was present.Beach was flat with little slope to the ocean.Wind speed was 7.8 mph. The air and ocean temperatures were 53 and 52 degrees F., respectively.

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May 15, 2013

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March 8, 2013

The driftline was absent except for two localized areas with terrestrial-derived leaves, mosses, wood pieces, some shredded blades of Pterygophora(Old Growth Kelp) and a few invertebrates and other algae and kelp.

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December 9, 2012

Peregrine Falcon resting on south end of Saddle Rock.

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May 17, 2012

Light driftline with 12 different genera of kelp and algae, terrestrial mosses, Leather Bryozoa (Flustrellidra corniculata), the flowering plant, Phyllospadix (Seagrass) and small rocks.

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September 7, 2011

Three boats seen drifting very close to offshore rocks.

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July 28, 2011

The south beach lacked driftline and sand has accumulated around the drift logs and over the large rocks at the base of the headland.

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May 17, 2011

The driftline was light on the southern and northern portions of the beach but heavy on the middle portion of the beach with large amounts of kelp/algae and forest duff.

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