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Mile 221 Report
April 24, 2013
Another beautiful (but windy) afternoon on our amazing coast.
Another beautiful (but windy) afternoon on our amazing coast. Pleased to see only a little trash as I had decided to allow myself to walk barefoot and didn't want to scramble into the rocks. Still carried out one big bag full. More varieties of birds than any other visit. Whimbrels, Oystercatchers, Semipalmated Plovers, Western Sandpipers and the ever present Western Gulls.A few more of the dead and dying shore pines gave way to the eroding bluff and a small landslide has trapped a large plastic lid of some sort. Hmm....1:30 there was only one couple half way down the beach, by return at 3:30, 9 people and one dog on the beach, 6 rock hunting, 2 surf fishing (first time I've seen that here), one walking w dog. As I left, two cars of people picnicking or relaxing in the parking lot and two more unloading and headed to the beach. Lovely day.
Number of people: 16. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 4. Sitting: 6. Fishing: 2.
Cars/trucks parking: 6.
More varieties of birds than any other visit. Whimbrels, Oystercatcher, Semipalmated Plover, Western Sandpipers and the ever present Western Gulls.
Total dead birds: 2.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea), Shells, Small rocks, Wood pieces.
Erosion of vegetated foredune, Newly exposed roots/trees falling. A few more of the dead and dying shore pines gave way to the eroding bluff and a small landslide has trapped a large plastic lid of some sort.
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This is my first report in 2020 although I have walked all or part of this mile several times this summer.
The sand is starting to wash away and some rocks that haven't been seen since July are beginning to reappear.
It was a beautiful, sunny day with no wind and a very low incoming tide.
I accessed the beach from NW 68th St which is just south of Schooner Point and the southern end of mile 221.
There was nothing startling or unusual about this beachwalk except that we noted significant destruction of a staircase and its foundation below the large vacation rentals just south of Moolack Beach.
38 is a large number of people on this section of beach for any time of year but it was a sunny, windless day so it was perfect for beach walking.