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Unusual sighting of a Brown Pelican in March. See Wildlife list for more. I'm going to talk with BLM staff to see about get some permanent signage in the tidepool area to prevent people from getting into sensitive nesting bird areas and dangerous surge areas.....when the tidepool area can't be staffed and the orange cones don't get put out, people move into these areas at low tide. I believe permanent signs would help a lot.

Human Activities

Number of people: 60. Number of dogs: 4. Tidepooling: 60. No rangers (just not enough staff available) in tidepool area and orange cones were not put out. People were going way beyond where they are normally allowed to go crawling all over "Gull Rock" and beyond in sensitive nesting bird sites and also in dangerous heavy surge areas.

Concerns

Apparent violations: people in sensitive nesting bird sites & dangerous.

Notable Wildlife

The most notable animal was an immature Brown Pelican on Seal Annex - unusual for this time of year. 2 Harlequin Ducks were roosting high and dry at the base of Lions Head. Other birds: Peregrine Falcon on South Rocks, Red-tailed Hawk hovering and hunting over Salal Hill, Bald Eagle made several passes, both Pelagic and Brandt Cormorants. No Turkey Vultures which I was hoping to see and not one murre in sight, not even in the water. Western Gulls were showing no signs of courtship but I expect it very soon. There were quite a few adult Glaucous-winged Gulls around - more than I expected to see. A ranger called me today and said the murres have been on the rocks in great numbers a couple of times (and I see L. Taylor reported this from a few days ago as well). There were Black Oystercatchers around but not in any of the nesting sites from last year. I forgot to count the harbor seals again but there were a bunch of them :-)

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Cobble Beach sometimes gets a high concentration of tunicates, hydroids, and sponges but invertebrates in general were scarce. I did find a freshly dead gumboot (Cryptochiton) half eaten.

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August 30, 2023

Foggy uneventful morning.

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July 19, 2023

Report finds no unusual developments or observations at this location and no new causes for concern were identified.

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March 17, 2023

It was a calm, quiet morning at Yaquina Head.

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January 20, 2023

It is a beautiful, quiet day.

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December 12, 2022

It has been a beautiful, calm morning at Yaquina Head with low wind and one visitor.

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November 19, 2022

It was a brilliantly sunny day although the stiff east wind was very chilly.

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October 25, 2022

It was a chilly, cloudy/foggy Monday morning so there were only a handful of visitors in the park, none of whom were on the beach.

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September 18, 2022

It was an entirely typical day at Yaquina Head on cobble beach and quarry cove.

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