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Mile 324 Report
November 27, 2009
The Necanicum River has been gradually moving north almost breaking through the dunes to the ocean.
The Necanicum River has been gradually moving north almost breaking through the dunes to the ocean. It's a little difficult to tell at this tide level if it has indeed straightened out it's path.
Temperature: 45 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Strong. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 5.0 feet.
Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 1. Walking or running: 8. few people on beach, it was pretty windy but the sun was bright and welcome after several rainy days.
Cars/trucks parking: 3.
a few gulls
Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Wood pieces.
The Necanicum River has been gradually moving north, I think it has broken through the dunes. See below.
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It is a little difficult to see at this tide level. I will drive around on the highway to get a little height for my observation.
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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.