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Mid-summer visit made on a cool, cloudy day at the coast while it was near 100 in Portland. As usual, beach was clean with few people. I collected a medium-sized SOLV bag full of debris including lots of small pieces of styrofoam, plastic bottles and caps, two disposable lighters, and, oddly, one fluorescent light tube. Carrying the debris all the way back to the parking lot gets very tiring. Will call Tillamook County to find out if a garbage container can be placed closer. There was a lot more kelp on the beach than I typically notice. See picture 1. There were no other notable physical or human-made changes other than the marking off of an area near the north end of the mile where a new trail looks like it will be placed. See picture 2. Had the pleasure of seeing a Black-bellied Plover walking in the dune area as I haven't seen one there for many years. Found one dead Olympic gull on the beach, three live Semi-palmated Plovers and little else. Overall a quiet walk.

Conditions

Temperature: 56 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 2.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 2. Other Activities: Horseback riding. Signs are posted in the Bayocean Spit parking lot prohibiting camping but people continue to camp. I have previously contacted Tillamook County about this but apparently enforcement is not strong.

Concerns

Apparent violations: Some camping although Tillamook County prohibits camping on Bayocean Spit.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 13.

Notable Wildlife

Along dune area above the beach, 1 Black-bellied Plover. In the surf, 3 Semipalmated Plovers.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 1. Apparent adult Olympic Gull (Western/Glaucous-winged hybrid)

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass.

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Mile 288

September 24, 2023

The weather is definitely turning.

SchankK

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Mile 288

September 10, 2023

It was a beautifully calm, warm, sunny day along mile 288.

SchankK

Mile 288

January 29, 2023

There were 6 or more plovers and large accumulations of driftwood (both along the base and on top of the foredune cutbank).

SchankK

Mile 288

May 21, 2022

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny Saturday with a moderate north wind.

SchankK

Mile 288

January 17, 2022

It was great to see two separate families picking up beach trash/debris in the driftline from the most recent storms including in Mile 288!

SchankK

Mile 288

December 23, 2021

There was clear indications of active foredune erosion with visible cutbanks (see photo) and significant debris.

SchankK

Mile 288

February 24, 2015

Mid-winter day that seemed like spring.

YaakovM

Mile 288

October 2, 2014

Beautiful early fall afternoon.

YaakovM