Report Details

As usual, began walk at N44'53.632 and stopped at N44'55.528 to come back along bay side of spit. Found a dead Brandt's cormorant and a dead Common murre. Hit with hail about three times during walk. Rather sparse re wildlife: a small, mixed flock of sanderlings and surfbirds; the usual population of Harbor seals congregating on the leeward side of the spit. Great news! All the huge styrofoam chunks have been removed from the oceanside of spit; Dave and I removed two huge pieces from the bay side (one huge piece remains...we'll get it next time). Another great day for seafoam!

Conditions

Temperature: 43 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Strong. Wind Direction: NW.

Human Activities

Number of people: 2. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 2. Slight disturbance of Harbor seals at northeast end of spit; a few seals fled into water; one tail-slapped water as warning.

Concerns

Litter

Disturbances: Disturbance/harassment of marine mammals

Notable Wildlife

Sanderlings and Surfbirds foraging along seafoam; Bull kelp washed up; Harbor seals congregating on leeward side of spit.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. One dead Brandt's cormorant and one dead Common murre; no leg bands noted.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Styrofoam, Wood pieces.

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