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Mile 289 Report
June 22, 2017
Summer arrived and brought very typical late day, summer weather conditions to Mile 289.
Summer arrived and brought very typical late day, summer weather conditions to Mile 289. The wind was really strong from the north. As I crossed the spit from the bay side, the Tillamook whistle buoy was loud and almost continuous, a sign of tall wind waves. But once on the beach, the only sound was the buffeting of the wind. I estimate the wind was steady in the mid 20's with gusts into the 30's. Blowing sand covered all but larger items. While unpleasant to walk into, the wind is welcomed because it causes the upwelling of ocean water. That means fish and birds have food. We also do COASST surveys on the spit, and very few dead birds are showing up. Hopefully they are enjoying abudant food this year.
Temperature: 60 F. Wind Velocity: Strong. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 2.5 feet.
Apparent violations: none.
Cars/trucks parking: 4.
Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt). Strong winds covered the dry wrack with sand. The area near the ocean had only some shells and sea grass
The dune erosion reported at the equinox is now undetectable. I commented on dune erosion further south at the Bayocean townsite at that time. That erosion is still visible.
All Mile 289 Reports
This mile is not surveyed 4 times a year since it became a designated bird nesting area.
September 15 ended the nesting bird restrictions on mile 289.
I saw so many different types of birds along the jetty, I'm no bird expert but I thought I saw pelicans, herons, cormorants, and sea gulls.
This survey was all about the jelly fish that covered the most recent wrack areas.