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Mile 300 Report
October 11, 2009
The beach appeared clean and almost swept free of anything to report.
The beach appeared clean and almost swept free of anything to report. It was difficult to even find the driftline. About the only negative I observed today is that the horseback riders are still not cleaning up after their horses. As they're riding along the surfline, this could be a source of water contamination (see attached photo). I've mentioned this in my water quality survey as well.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: 2.5 feet.
Number of people: 100. Number of dogs: 9. Walking or running: 72. Sitting: 20. Surfing: 3. Other Activities: 5 on horseback. Many, many people out for a Sunday stroll on the beach. All dogs were observed off-leash, but none chasing wildlife.
Cars/trucks parking: 16.
More groups of pelicans than I could count. They came in groups of 2-7 every few minutes. Always heading north. Half of them were flying along the shoreline and the other half were divebombing into the water about 100 yards out. A few seagulls here and there, but it was really a day for pelicans.
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
A few jellyfish. Many crab legs, but few crab-shell bodies.
Seaweeds and seagrass.
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More than 30 mid-sized, dead birds of what looked like the same species and one sea gull and one crow. Not too much sea plastic - I picked up some of it. Large burnt stumps and logs were rolling around in the high tide. Farther south, the ocean has removed the dune and some of the paths end in a sand cliff now.
We had big storms the past few days! On just mile 300 there were at least 11 deceased Cassin's auklet. All the locals were talking about it.
It was a beautiful morning on the last day of the "bonus" king tides in November. The biggest shock was finding a deceased Peregrine Falcon!