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A quiet and beautiful fall day. The beach looked scoured very clean with minimal trash or microplastic to  bring home. A lot of the seagrass (flat brown and green seaweed) piles on the beach remain at the high tide line. A large nest of bull kelp seen (photographed) as unusual finding. My usual marker for the north end of my mile was missing and I didnt have the coordinates with me so I think the bull kelp was actually a little north of my mile but it was so cool I included it!

Conditions

Temperature: 48 F. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NE. Tide Level: 8.8 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 3. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 2. Other Activities: 1 with high-power monocular lens birdwatching over the ocean. A beautiful crisp fall day! Sun warm as wind noticeably quiet. Beach very quiet with minimal human activity

Concerns

Apparent violations: Dogs off leash but not obviously harassing birds.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 2.

Notable Wildlife

Many large rafts of ducks seen on inland Tillamook on our way in today. Notable for large numbers. Pintails identified. Group of 12 sanderlings at high tide line. Not rushing around frantically feeding as I usually see, but basking in the sun.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. look like cormorants although bodies quite decomposed

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass.

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Nest bull kelp
Bull kelp strangled by garbage bag
South view mile 286 at high tide line level with MP 29 marker
Mile 286 N view at high tide line level with MP marker 29
Octopus tree (my name for it) Cape Meares trunk remains SE to NW line almost completely covered in sand
Dead cormorant in crook of octopus tree
sanderlings sunning

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Mile 286

Bayocean Peninsula south of Bayocean site

May 12, 2024

Walkers on the beach.

Helen Welch

Mile 286

Bayocean Peninsula south of Bayocean site

March 14, 2024

Beautiful Oregon coast bluebird day. Large wash up of old velella casings at high tide line creating a very strong "ocean" odor Very little trash on my mile of beach but collections of bottles and styrofoam found further down closer to Cape Meares (collected and disposed of) Few sea birds today

Helen Welch

Mile 286

Bayocean Peninsula south of Bayocean site

February 18, 2024

Recent king tides encroaching onto and undercutting fore dune. More debris than usual. A few shore birds Little human activity Large "octopus tree" I have been following has rotated again and the trunk now points NE. I continue to take photo facing N and S at the high tide line at the MP 29 sign entrance to the beach

Helen Welch

Mile 286

Bayocean Peninsula south of Bayocean site

January 28, 2024

Busier day than seen in past few months.

Helen Welch

Mile 286

Bayocean Peninsula south of Bayocean site

December 18, 2023

Cloudy day with occasional rain shower.

Helen Welch

Mile 286

Bayocean Peninsula south of Bayocean site

November 26, 2023

Beautiful sunny day after "King Tide". Dead birds located together.

Vince Welch

Mile 286

Bayocean Peninsula south of Bayocean site

October 27, 2023

A quiet and beautiful fall day.

WelchHV

Mile 286

Bayocean Peninsula south of Bayocean site

September 22, 2023

Clear warm day.

WelchHV