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Mile 210 Report
December 30, 2010
Although a lovely day, it was a Thursday so there were not a lot of people on the beach.
Although a lovely day, it was a Thursday so there were not a lot of people on the beach. A few gulls, a flock of sanderlings, some crows, and a few birds in the surf added life to a wet beach that seemed to have had its surface wiped clean by the rainstorms and the tide.
Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 3.5 feet.
Number of people: 13. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 11. Playing in sand: 2. The recent storm had eroded the ground under the bluff fence at the Lost Creek Park picnic area. Two older children had climbed under the fence and out onto the bluff.
Cars/trucks parking: 3.
a flock of sanderlings (Calidris alba); also about 20 crows at Lost Creek State Park picnic area
the beach had been wiped clean in the recent storm
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There are normally some steady slow seeps from the bluffs, but due to heavy rains almost the whole beach was wet from seepage and strong stream flow. In some areas where there are usually seeps, waterfalls took their place.
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Recent storms had scoured the beach leaving cobbles and stones behind.
I am attaching a photo of a dead Murre that I found on our beach.
We have noticed that during the winter storms the sand on the beach moves (presumably offshore) and then is redeposited during spring.