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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. I found a marine mammal carcass (tentative ID, Stellar Sea Lion) which I reported to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network, a beached Cassin's Auklet and Brandt's Cormorant which I processed for reporting to COASST, a Big Skate egg case, a dozen or more wintering Western Snowy Plovers now beginning to group together, a few Sanderlings and juvenile Black-bellied Plovers, hundreds of gulls resting beside Alsea Bay in place of last month's pelicans, lines of pelicans flying north to Seal Rock, the osprey nest platform at Bayshore Beach Club unused again this year after some brief early nest construction--there's always too much to squeeze into a short report!

Conditions

Temperature: 65 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Tide Level: 8.5 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 4. Playing in sand: 2. Fishing: 2.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 1.

Notable Wildlife

A dozen or more wintering Western Snowy Plovers, three juvenile Black-bellied Plovers, 2 Sanderlings, hundreds of gulls resting beside Alsea Bay, pelicans flying north

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. Cassin's Auklet and Brandt's Cormorant, processed for reporting to COASST

Stranded Marine Mammals

Total stranded mammals: 1. Reported to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network with photo, a decomposing carcass, 6', a patch of brown hair, difficult to ID, probably a Stellar Sea Lion

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces. a Big Skate egg case

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Looking south to Cape Perpetua
Surf fisher
Beached marine mammal
Beached Cassin's Auklet, as found near surf
Beached Brandt's Cormorant on my COASST processing table
Big Skate egg case
Western Snowy Plovers, one resting in footprint
Juvenile Black-bellied Plover
Sanderlings
Gulls beside Alsea Bay

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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