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Mile 324 Report
February 8, 2022
Very quiet and pleasant walk!
Very quiet and pleasant walk! The beach was very clean, I only found a few bits of microplastic. Abundant diatom bloom in the surf and washed up on the sand. Several fire pits amongst the beach grass look rather large and unsafe.
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Tide Level: 3.0 feet.
Number of people: 7. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 6. Fishing: 1.
FireApparent violations: There was evidence of several large beach fires in the sand dunes amongst the beach grass.
Cars/trucks parking: 9.
Sea gulls - I didn't notice any other shore birds.
Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt). Large amounts of diatoms.
Necanicum River channel meandered further north, right up against the bluff in Gearhart where there used to be a small beach.
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People enjoying the beach, nesting Snowy Plovers in distress, Juvenile Brown Pelicans learn about dogs;
Lots of birds observed: Osprey - 2 fishing at mouth of estuary; one adult and one juvenile Adult Bald Eagle resting on north end of Necanicum SpitSnowy Plover flying around estuary island acting distressed with a loose Jack Russel Terrier in the vicinity of Nest 7A
New flock of Brown Pelicans at mouth of estuary along with some Canada Geese, seagulls and Caspian Terns were disturbed several times before relocating to sandbar surrounded by water;Snowy Plover disturbed on island between Necanicum River and Neawanna Creek by two people tidepooling;Tour Helicopter flew over five separate times twice low enough (though probably not illegal) to disturb two Bald Eagles and two Osprey hunting in estuary;Small structure built of driftwood still on the Necanicum Spit being used as shelter;
We saw lots of dead crabs, some kelp and algae on the surfline, and some driftwood.
My morning walk began gloriously with the sun peaking through the clouds and chirping birds flitting through the dune grasses.
Beautiful clear day, moderate amount of human activity; two Snowy Plovers seen in newly designated protected areas exhibiting nesting behavior; one harbor seal pup on the rocks of the Necanicum Inlet Island; numerous seagulls and terns along with a few cormoronts; The amount of fireworks debris, burned logs, and styrofoam at the waterline is disheartening.