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Mile 202 Report
October 26, 2020
The north wind was brisk today, with hardly anyone on the beach.
The north wind was brisk today, with hardly anyone on the beach. On the southern portion of Mile 202, I counted a cluster of 17 Western Snowy Plovers, which winter here, all sheltering in ones and twos on the downwind side of beach vegetation which my new iNaturalist app "Seek" identified as American Searocket. The app is pretty neat, you just take a photo with your mobile phone, and within seconds an identification pops up on your screen. It can be hit and miss (it identified a raccoon photo as a "placental mammal"), but it's free and fun to use. Just one man in a small crabbing boat on the bay today, close to shore but not that far from the mouth of the bay, which they call "the jaws." The tide was going out, and they say you need to be especially careful here during outgoing tides because the current can be strong, and Alsea Bay has no jetty.
Temperature: 50 F. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 4.5 feet.
Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 7. Fishing: 1.
17 Western Snowy Plovers, the usual line of gulls sitting on the beach at Alsea Bay
Total dead birds: 1. A decomposed headless bird, maybe a Common Murre?
Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt).
The soft sand beach was very smooth from the winds and blowing sand.
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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.
As I began yesterday's mile walk and monthly COASST beached bird survey, a light rain began to fall, the first in months.
As I have done before, I combined today's walk with my monthly COASST survey for dead seabirds.
This was my second monthly beached bird survey for COASST (Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team) which I combined with my mile walk.
A dead certacean was reported to the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network to be on the beach in Bayshore Oregon by Beach Entrance 67d.