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As I entered the beach at access 67D with my fellow CoastWatcher Nancy Thomas, we saw a Bald Eagle sitting on a carcass. We approached the carcass, about 8' long, a marine mammal which we later identified as a female Steller Sea Lion. We didn't see any signs of injury, and scavengers hadn't yet been able to penetrate the carcass except for the eyes and anus. Nancy took photos and submitted them to OSU's Marine Mammal Stranding Network along with coordinates. The carcass had drawn a crowd of scavengers. We saw at least a half dozen Bald Eagles, both adult and immature, and even more Turkey Vultures and Corvids. Death for some means life for others, and there should be plenty of full stomachs in the days ahead.

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Temperature: 58 F. Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Tide Level: 1.0 feet.

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Bald Eagle and Raven at carcass
Female Steller Sea Lion carcass
Closeup, note the long whiskers
Raven beginning to scavange carcass
Turkey Vultures waiting patiently
Immature Bald Eagle and Raven
Immature Bald Eagle

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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