Report Details

Sighting of an unusually large (10 for sure, possibly as many as 13-14) black oystercatchers, in addition to possible sighting of bald eagle & some Black Turnstones. Oystercatchers probably attracted by the exposure of rocks (w/limpets? something they eat) by that afternoon's low tide.

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 1.6 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 11. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 11. Sitting: 3. Other Activities: some people walked & sat. A few truly oblivious or uncaring people walked very close to the various birds, including at least 10 oystercatchers who were sitting on or near the rocks exposed by the low tide. One member of a couple walked climbed onto a rock, scaring a number of birds away. There were other rocks further up the beach to climb on.

Concerns

Apparent violations: none observed.

Disturbances: Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 3.

Notable Wildlife

10 oystercatchers seen for sure, possible sighting of 3-4 more--the most I have ever seen in one place. They were on various rocks exposed by the low tide--apparently feeding on limpets or something else that grows attached to or on the rocks. May also have sighted a bald eagle. I may also have seen some black turnstones hanging out with one oystercatcher who was on the rocks off of Schooner Point. I'm not completely certain of the black turnstone ID.

Actions & Comments

I'm filing this report because of the sighting of an unusual number of black oystercatchers. I've seen some in this area before (earlier in the year) usually at low tide but I saw the most I've ever seen in one area (stretching from south of Schooner Point to somewhat north of Schooner Point), the large number plus the possible sighting of a bald eagle & around 5 black turnstones was unusual & exciting for me. I didn't pay much attention to the driftline, etc.

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Mile 221

Schooner Pt, Moolack Beach S of Moolack Creek

July 13, 2024

1) Of historical note is the fallen arch at Schooner Pt November 2022 2) Absent this year thus far are any whale spouts visible from shore. 3) The Moolack Beach access trail from the parking area is heavily overgrown with bushes.

Kelley

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Mile 221

Schooner Pt, Moolack Beach S of Moolack Creek

September 5, 2020

This is my first report in 2020 although I have walked all or part of this mile several times this summer.

KathyLJ

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Mile 221

Schooner Pt, Moolack Beach S of Moolack Creek

October 27, 2019

The sand is starting to wash away and some rocks that haven't been seen since July are beginning to reappear.

KathyLJ

Mile 221

Schooner Pt, Moolack Beach S of Moolack Creek

July 21, 2019

It was a beautiful, sunny day with no wind and a very low incoming tide.

KathyLJ

Mile 221

Schooner Pt, Moolack Beach S of Moolack Creek

September 17, 2018

I accessed the beach from NW 68th St which is just south of Schooner Point and the southern end of mile 221.

KathyLJ

Mile 221

Schooner Pt, Moolack Beach S of Moolack Creek

June 30, 2018

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.

lipberm

Mile 221

Schooner Pt, Moolack Beach S of Moolack Creek

June 15, 2018

No notable changes to the beach or cliffs since my last report.

KathyLJ

Mile 221

Schooner Pt, Moolack Beach S of Moolack Creek

October 15, 2017

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.

KathyLJ