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Mile 288 Report
September 23, 2010
This was a very late summer (actually very early fall) report on a mostly cloudy, partly sunny day.
This was a very late summer (actually very early fall) report on a mostly cloudy, partly sunny day. Wind was steady and moderate from the south and today I did an out and back directly to mile 288 rather than out along Tillamook Bay and back along the beach. The road along the bay was quite muddy and churned up as trucks and heavy vehicles have been using it to get to the south jetty of Tillamook Bay where some kind of construction is going on.No people were seen on the walk and the beach looked clean and little changed. Debris was relatively light although I filled a moderate sized SOLV bag as I walked back. Most of the debris was plastic bottles, other kinds of plastic pieces, some styrofoam, bottle caps, and rope.There were no unusual changes to the beach topography and I included some pictures that show how the foredunes are slowly spreading into the sandy beach area. The notable bird life was a flyby Peregrine Falcon, possibly a first here, and a single Heerman's Gull near the surf. This was definitely a first.There was nothing unusual to report overall, but it was a good walk by which to close out summer.
Temperature: 55 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 2.0 feet.
Although a few people were seen in the parking area, none were on mile 288 when I was there. Three horseback riders had earlier ridden through mile 288, but were gone by the time I got there.
Cars/trucks parking: 4.
Had a flyby Peregrine Falcon, a Heerman's Gull, and a number of Brown Pelicans. Saw little else besides the usual Western and California Gulls and a couple of American Crows.
Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.), Small rocks, Styrofoam.
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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.