Report Details

On 4th of July, Falcon Beach was crowded with 40 people and 18 dogs -- at least by our standards. Most people were visitors. The access point nearest my house had 9 vehicles, leaving little room for passing cars.The beach was clean, everyone appeared to be having a good time. With the low tide and the extra sand build-up, people could reach one of the off-shore bird rocks. After days of strong cold north winds, the surf had churned up mussels and barnacles which were strewn in the driftline. The gulls were actively feeding on the sand fleas which have burgeoned this year.

Conditions

Temperature: 60 F. Cloud Cover: Foggy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: N. Tide Level: -1.4 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 40. Number of dogs: 18. Walking or running: 40. Photography: 2. Tidepooling: 30. Miles 306-307Very little litter. Most people strolling on beach, checking out tidepools and off-shore rocks. Lots of dogs off-leash but behaving OK.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 9.

Notable Wildlife

2 oystercatchers. 3 adult bald eagles. 2 Heermann's gulls. Many Western gulls. Dying mussels in drift line from rough surf; these mussels were large, up to 9 inches. Unusually large number of sand fleas

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

Unusual concentration. Dying and dead mussels, Dungeness crabs, barnacles in driftline.

Natural Changes

Visible retreat of solid bluff.

Actions & Comments

higher beach sand levels than in previous years.

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Mile 306

January 19, 2024

We walked the mile on a clear, chilly afternoon. We picked up trash--one full bag. We found a little eel, the same color as brown rockweed! We saw sea foam blowing on the sand. We found a small skull bone. We found a scientific measuring device planted in the cobble with a float saying that it was the property of OSU.

Shiras Stamps White

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Mile 306

January 7, 2024

Sorry no photos due to lack of phone on this walk.

Scott Penzarella

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Mile 306

March 15, 2023

Just wanted to report seeing 8 black oystercatchers on the beach just now.

jkcornelius

Mile 306

September 30, 2022

Today was our first CoastWatch beach survey.

Fire Mountain School

Mile 306

July 2, 2022

jkcornelius

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Mile 306

June 29, 2022

An eagle was obtaining breakfast from Gull Rock.

jkcornelius

Mile 306

November 8, 2021

These observations were made over the last 3 months walking the beach at different times of day but not keeping a record which I will try to start.

jkcornelius

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Mile 306

August 8, 2019

Numerous violations observed, including campfire in unsafe location and harvesting tidepool organisms in the marine reserve.

Frankie