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Very little human activity today.  Short-term vacation rentals at Bayshore have now been banned due to COVID-19.

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SW. Tide Level: 1.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 5. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 5.

Notable Wildlife

6 Western Snowy Plovers at approximate same location as previous walks. Photo at Latitude: 44.426752966828644 Longitude: -124.0833231434226 There are fewer plovers at each walk. Maybe the new sand deposits which are smoothing out the wrackline to foredunes sand is making for less attractive habitat. See photo comparisons from this date and previous. Two crows scavenging on dead seal pup; two turkey vultures circling overhead; a few gulls flying

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. very weathered immature gull carcass

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Dead seal on beach above wrackline, central portion of Mile 202. Approx 30" long without hind flippers. Body is fairly intact, but hind and front flippers are gone. Furred, with external ears (Northern Fur Seal pup?). Being scavenged on by two crows, with two turkey vultures circling. Latitude: 44.42992493044585 Longitude: -124.08468428067863

Driftline Content

Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces. Beach pretty clean

Natural Changes

More natural new sand deposits. Compare tree trunk driftwood photo with 3/22/2020 and compare landmark driftwood photo with 2/14/2020.

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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