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Mile 289 Report
March 30, 2015
It was a late, windy trip down the spit.
It was a late, windy trip down the spit. The biggest change since December is the lack on debris and lack of dead Cassin's auklets. There were only a few bones and feathers left of the many that washed in. The beach clean up must have been a huge success this year. It was difficult to find man made items. The largest was a old crab float that was in the wrack. A big thank you to all that helped on the clean up.There were 2 small mammals right next to each other. A bald eagle was feeding on what little meat was left.
Temperature: 52 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Strong. Wind Direction: S. Tide Level: 3.0 feet.
Not ideal conditions for finding humans on this survey. It was cool, quite windy, and late in the day. Plus it was the Monday after spring break.
Apparent violations: nne.
Cars/trucks parking: 2.
Bald eagle feeding on a dead mammal. Just a few gulls were present. One blue heron was in the surf zone.
Stranded Marine Mammals
Total stranded mammals: 2. 2 small mammals in close proximity. Mostly buried in blowing sand. They are not recent arrivals. Unsure of what species. Photos are available.
considerably less than normal.
No erosion. As per usual for this mile.
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.