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Mile 215 Report
January 11, 2008
Access via Yaquina Bay State Park was a small challenge today, as the path at the bottom of the southern staircase was flooded (the seasonal/weather-dependent "pond" behind the dunes had expanded quite a bit!
Access via Yaquina Bay State Park was a small challenge today, as the path at the bottom of the southern staircase was flooded (the seasonal/weather-dependent "pond" behind the dunes had expanded quite a bit!). Access was possible via the northern staircase. I noted no campfires this time, probably because of the recent poor weather.Lots of rivulets of water were coming off the cliffs, due to recent heavy rains. The rivulets did not seem to be causing any new erosion, but did contribute to some interesting sand formations down on the beach. Some rocks were exposed that I don't remember having been exposed before. The most notable trend was a good number(probably 8)of dead Western grebes on the beach, and one dead small shorebird. No sign of the "bag of bones" Terry Morse spotted recently - maybe I just missed it?
Temperature: 45 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 0.0 feet.
Number of people: 12. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 12. Some of the cars contained people just sitting and looking at the water, rather than using the beach. The beach-goers seemed to come from access points further north.Access was limited at YBSP because the northern staircase, which I usually use, dead-ended in a larger than usual "pond" - a seasonal/weather-dependent high water area behind the dunes. I used the northern staircase instead.
Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/trucks parking: 5.
Regular assortment of gulls, crows, starlings. About 10 buffleheads (? - I forgot my binocs) in the Bay. One large raptor when I first got there but didn't get a good look before it flew off.
Total dead birds: 9. 3 were too decomposed to identify.5 were Western grebes1 was a small shorebird but I can never tell those apart (too large to be a plover - see photo). Really, I need to become a much better birder.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces. Lots of wood, lots of larger pieces of debris.
fencing at northern end of Yaquina Bay SP has been repaired.
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The wrackline was high on the beach today, due to recent storm surges. There seemed to be much more large pieces of debris than in previous visits, and a lot of wood, both natural driftwood (trees, stumps, branches) and lumber. One small dock or float that broke free of wherever it was moored had washed up. Due to recent rains (frequent, and sometimes heavy) there were lots of little rivulets along the cliff. Many pipes were discharging through the cliffs too.
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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.