Report Details

After the pounding, huge surf that accompanied the early weekend storm there were many reports of stranded birds on the beaches. Mile 245 was littered with carcasses and plastic pellets.


Temperature: 63 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SE. Tide Level: 0.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 26. Number of dogs: 4. Walking or running: 23. Playing in surf: 3.


Cars/trucks parking: 21.

Notable Wildlife

1 Brandt's cormorant

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 10. 2 mature (white heads) brown pelicans, 2 Brandt's cormorants, 6 murres

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea). False sea palm

Natural Changes

Erosion of vegetated foredune, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Landslides/major boulder falls.

Actions & Comments

As a member of Wildlife Rescue I collected the cormorant and took it home for triage but it was in poor condition (a very sharp keel) and died soon after.

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All Mile 245 Reports

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Mile 245

January 23, 2024

After king tides and heavy surf, most of the usual driftwood was up nearer the bank along with minimal bull kelp.

Lisa Bizon-Carroll

Mile 245

November 18, 2023

The beach mile varied quite a bit - with the south (less traveled) section with darkened sands and clear of most debris while the north end, with more visitors, was covered in stones with more small debris (esp.


decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

Mile 245

November 17, 2023

Just wanted to say there have been a lot of brown pelicans this season, more than I've ever seen, and I'm wondering if they will stay for the winter?


Mile 245

September 29, 2023

Less tourist traffic.


Mile 245

September 21, 2023

Lazy, late summer day on Road End beach.


Mile 245

August 14, 2023

Busy day at 245.


Mile 245

July 7, 2023

Dead elephant seal pup.


Mile 245

June 26, 2023

Beach was cleaner than observered previously - paper and plastic most prevalent however.