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Mile 288 Report
November 9, 2005
A beautiful late afternoon fall day.
A beautiful late afternoon fall day. Little debris was evident and no other people were seen. Bright sun and light wind plus some shorebirds foraging in the surf made for an uneventful and relaxing walk on the beach.
Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NW.
Cars/trucks parking: 4.
Observed 13 semi-palmated plovers foraging in the surf.
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Beach was very clean and lacked the small dunes noted the previous September. Tide was receding during observation period. There was a small amount of debris, most of which I picked up and carried out: bottles from bottled water, a few small pieces of styrofoam, small cans, and so forth.There were a number of large piles of bull kelp. Otherwise, little ocean debris. Birds included the 13 plovers already mentioned, approximately a dozen Western gulls, and five surf scoters actively feeding in the near surf.Wind conditions were unusual. When I arrived the wind was blowing moderately (10-15 mph) from the NW. By the time the sun set, the wind had almost completely died down. As I walked back south on the beach the wind shifted to a light breeze (maybe 5 mph) from the SE. The temperature also seemed to rise, or perhaps it was the absence of a stiffer wind blowing in my face.
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There were 6 or more plovers and large accumulations of driftwood (both along the base and on top of the foredune cutbank).
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!
There was clear indications of active foredune erosion with visible cutbanks (see photo) and significant debris.