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Mile 215 Report
August 26, 2011
The weather was not comfortable for people to be on the beach, so there were fewer than usual.
The weather was not comfortable for people to be on the beach, so there were fewer than usual. On the North Jetty was a triangular bright yellow waxed cardboard sign that folds underneath with a rock on top of the fold to hold it in place in the wind that I did not see there during my walk of this beach on July 30. The sign was just to the north side of top of jetty between the 4 huge boulders across the top of the jetty and the metal gate to the east that is also across the road. The sign: "Wildlife Protection Area beyond this sign. Closed. All public entry prohibited." It had a BLM triangular logo. Sign 12 inches wide and 18 inches long (not including the slightly longer feet at the corners). Has oval "handle" at top. This sign looks exactly like signs I had seen put out by BLM staff at Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. People coming up directly from the beach to the north might not see this sign if they come up west of the sign, but people walking along the top of the jetty from the east would see it. This sign is noteworthy because gulls, cormorants, and sometimes Brown Pelicans roost on the western end of the North Jetty, but beachwalkers and fishers, sometimes with dogs, regularly walk west of the 4 huge boulders; I have sometimes seen them disturb resting birds, so maybe the sign will discourage this. There were no people west of the sign during my walk today (August 26).
Number of people: 2. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 2. 1 beach walker with her unleashed dog disturbed 3 adult Turkey Vultures and 2 nearby American Crows that were feeding on the carcass of an adult Common Murre.
3 adult Turkey Vultures, 2 American Crows, 91 gulls
Total dead birds: 1. Common Murre
Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells.
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This mile is from Newport's Davis Park to the north to the jetty near Yaquina Bay Lighthouse.
One of the dead birds was a gull, am unsure what the other two were.
The beach was very clean, I only found a single old toothbrush.