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Bayshore's HOA recently spent $2,500 for permits and bulldozing a path down to the beach behind the Bayshore clubhouse, a designated public access, smoothing out the drop-off resulting from winter erosion and restoring access for beach goers and our State Parks ranger's ATV. South on the beach, I watched an adult bald eagle swoop down and snatch up a shorebird at the waters edge, the adult soon joined at the kill by two juveniles. The half dozen Snowy Plover nests here have all failed so far this year, probably due to weather and increasing numbers of avian predators, especially corvids. Nesting success usually improves later in the breeding season. Mile 202's wide southern beach continues to be encroached upon by European Beachgrass, creating new dunes and restricting Snowy Plover habitat. At the dunes overlooking Alsea Bay, winter storms have caused new erosion, exposing previously covered rip rap intended to protect Bayshore's more vulnerable waterfront properties.

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 6.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 2. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 1. Other Activities: One person crabbing from shore of Alsea Bay.

Notable Wildlife

One adult bald eagle and two juveniles; three whimbrels, corvids and gulls, two ospreys on the nest platform at the Bayshore Beach Club east parking lot. The adult eagle snatched from the water's edge what I thought was one of a group of three whimbrels but was hard to identify because it happened so quickly. After being joined down the beach by two juvenile eagles, I believe a family group, I could identify one surf scoter carcass and another carcass, unidentified, which might have been one of the whimbrels I had seen (see photos)

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. Velella velella

Driftline Content

Some Velella velella, but not the huge numbers that washed ashore in March.

Man-made Modifications

Dune modification/removal. See Summary and photos regarding dune modification at the Bayshore Beach Club designated public beach access.

Natural Changes

Newly exposed rip rap, erosion of driftwood fence, European Beachgrass encroaching on beach and beginning to form higher dunes

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Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

May 6, 2024

Bayshore's HOA recently spent $2,500 for permits and bulldozing a path down to the beach behind the Bayshore clubhouse, a designated public access, smoothing out the drop-off resulting from winter erosion and restoring access for beach goers and our State Parks ranger's ATV.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

March 7, 2024

Mile 202 beach accesses and exits are now restricted because of erosion and sheering off of the sand cliffs along its northern portion, so I now need to plan for a receding tide if I want to walk the entire mile safely.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

January 28, 2024

After finding forty beached Cassin's Auklets on Jan.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

October 30, 2023

A beautifully calm, sunny day, maybe the last for awhile, with a fifteen mile view from Seal Rock to Cape Perpetua and hardly anyone on the beach except for two surf fishers and a couple valiantly trying to launch a kite with no wind.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

August 30, 2023

As I began yesterday's mile walk and monthly COASST beached bird survey, a light rain began to fall, the first in months.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

July 23, 2023

As I have done before, I combined today's walk with my monthly COASST survey for dead seabirds.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

May 16, 2023

The beach was fairly cool today after 99 degrees two days ago.

Jon French

Mile 202

North Spit Alsea River

March 14, 2023

This was my second monthly beached bird survey for COASST (Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team) which I combined with my mile walk.

Jon French