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As I began yesterday's mile walk and monthly COASST beached bird survey, a light rain began to fall, the first in months. Trying to photograph, measure, and indentify bird carcasses is challenging under the best conditions but impossible in the rain, so I quit after one bird. Returning today, I found seven more carcasses, Cassin's Auklets and adult and juvenile Common Murres, most of them severely decomposed. I often find maybe one carcass, however this was my first post-breeding season survey, when higher mortality is expected for fledglings new to the water and for adults exhausted after nesting and rearing young. The attached COASST field guide pages for juvenile Common Murres shows how Beached Carcass Abundance peaks from mid-May to mid-October.The beach was beautiful as always, with just a few people and dogs at the northern end. Down near Alsea Bay where the spit widens, the beach was deserted except for hundreds of adult and immature gulls bedded down in the sand.

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Tide Level: 6.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 12. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 8. Sitting: 4.

Notable Wildlife

Hundreds of adult and juvenile gulls (Western Gulls as far as I could tell) were bedded down in the sand near Alsea Bay.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 8. Three Cassin's Auklets, two adult Common Murres, three juvenile Common Murres, all reported to COASST.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

One dead shark was found, species unknown.

Driftline Content

Very little driftline.

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January 28, 2024

After finding forty beached Cassin's Auklets on Jan.

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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.

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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.

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July 23, 2023

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

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May 16, 2023

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

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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.

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February 23, 2023

A dead certacean was reported to the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network to be on the beach in Bayshore Oregon by Beach Entrance 67d.

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February 15, 2023

Today's walk included my first COASST (Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team) survey for beached birds.

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