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Mile 210 Report
May 29, 2022
It was a breezy and overcast day but no rain when we were on the beach.
It was a breezy and overcast day but no rain when we were on the beach. Quite a few people were out probably due to the holiday weekend and the fact that it had stopped raining. We picked up some litter - mostly bits of fishing line and some styrofoam - but nothing remarkable. There was a flock of about 50 Whimbrels and Sanderlings that kept flying up and circling and landing to feed. The tide was high and the recent storm had scoured some sand off the beach so there were areas of small rocks that ran right down to the water; places where rock pickers like to hunt for agates and fossils.
Temperature: 53 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: W. Tide Level: 6.0 feet.
Number of people: 40. Number of dogs: 7. Walking or running: 13. Playing in sand: 6. Other Activities: 1 person flying a kite. There were enough people on the beach - and the beach was narrow due to high tide - that a large mixed flock of Whimbrels and Sanderlings kept flying around and landing and flying up again as people approached. However, all dogs we saw were on leashes and none chased the birds.
Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/trucks parking: 10.
Whimbrels and sanderlings
Small rocks, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces.
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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.