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Spring Break Sunday on Mile 202.  I saw only 25 people on my walk south beginning at 11:15 a.m., but more were arriving by the time I ended my walk back at the Bayshore Beach Club beach entrance at 12:45 p.m.  Except for two groups of four people each (children and adults, sitting close to each other, not the 6 foot social distancing recommended for COVID-19), people were in singles or pairs, keeping to themselves on the beach as they usually do.

Conditions

Temperature: 48 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 6.8 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 25. Number of dogs: 18. Walking or running: 16. Sitting: 8. Fishing: 1.

Concerns

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Notable Wildlife

Approximately 10 Western Snowy Plovers were standing in a loose group located at Latitude: 44.42569613456726 Longitude: -124.08244245685637, in the same area as my previous two walks (see photo and previous Mile Reports). As I was starting to continue past the plovers, two people with a smallish low-energy dog at their side walked through the plover area. Approx half of the plovers flew about 20-30 feet toward the surf and alighted and hunkered down in the sand (see photo). I don't think the other plovers moved. Neither the people nor the dog seemed to notice the plovers, which are easy to miss. When I returned back up the beach, the plovers were at their approx location as before. When I first saw the plovers, a larger, solitary shorebird (a Red Knot?) was with them but walked away quickly toward the dunes as I approached. Also seen on this walk were two Black-Bellied Plovers flying along the surf. Only 3 gulls seen flying, and one crow, but a lot of gulls were gathered around crabbing boats in the bay.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. 2 very weathered immature gull carcasses

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Shells, Wood pieces. The beach was very clean, just one new discarded soda pop can.

Natural Changes

New sand deposits in places (see photo)

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North Spit Alsea River

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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.

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