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It was a very late spring, very windy, very rainy day. Visibility was difficult, but the beach appeared scoured. Very little litter was seen and little was evident in the high tide line: small stones, shells (crab, sand shrimp), kelp, but quantities of each were small. No signs of driving, which is good, but some new sign of human activity along the county road, as noted earlier. I will follow up with Tillamook County to see if I can find out why a private property is now posted on the spit.

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Rain. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 3.9 feet.

Human Activities

Walking on county road from parking lot to first gate, about one mile, I saw a very large, newly fenced-off, posted area saying Private Property. Never saw this before. On way back, saw three goats within the fenced-off area. Webmaster's note: see article by Cameron La Follette on Land Use page for a full explanation of this area.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 4.

Notable Wildlife

Nothing notable on mile 288. Did see and hear a variety of birds along Tillamook Bay: 6 Whimbrel, 1 Caspian Tern, Rufous Hummingbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Song and White-crowned Sparrow, Barn Swallow, Great Blue Heron, mostly Western Gulls, Greater Yellowlegs, Scaup (sp.), Swainson's Thrush, American Robin, Pelagic Cormorant, and Belted Kingfisher. Only birds noted on mile 288 were 26 Western Gulls (mixed ages).

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Small rocks.

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Mile 288

September 24, 2023

The weather is definitely turning.

SchankK

decorative elemnt for a coastwatch report.

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