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Mile 324 Report
July 1, 2020
Overcast, maybe a few sprinkles.
Overcast, maybe a few sprinkles. Not many people using the beach this morning. However there is a lot of burned driftwood, large logs and smaller fir pits towards back dunes, and in the midst of the dunes. This is very close to 4th of July, it appears that there is a lot of evening beach use/bonfires. I found a large pile of broken up furniture debris, presumably to be used in a beach fire. There was a gentleman that appeared to be making his home down in a hollow in the dunes, between and underneath some small shore pines.
Temperature: 56 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light.
Number of people: 24. Number of dogs: 10. Walking or running: 15. Playing in surf: 4. Playing in sand: 5.
large group of terns hanging out by the Nestucca estuary, elk hoof prints in the dunes
Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt). foam, pieces of sea nettle jellyfish
Erosion of vegetated foredune.
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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.