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Mile 48 Report
February 11, 2008
the most notable difference from the last time i visited, about a month ago, was that there were large piles of rocks 1/2 way down the mile.
the most notable difference from the last time i visited, about a month ago, was that there were large piles of rocks 1/2 way down the mile. it was difficult walking over them, and they lay from the cliff base all the way into the waterline. usually there is a good sandy strip at all but very high tide.there were a few dead birds, not unusual lately, but it seems like there are more than there used to be a few years back. these were like a mud hen, with black head, back and wings, white underbelly, black webbed feet. about the size of a small duck. maybe a western grebe? the fisherman i spoke with said the sandcrabs are back, including the large females, tho there are no eggs on them at this time of the year.
Cloud Cover: Partly Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Moderate. Wind Direction: NE. Tide Level: 5.0 feet.
Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 6. Walking or running: 5. Fishing: 1. Other Activities: watching surf - 1 driving -1.
ATVs/OHVs parking: 1. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 1.
some bullkelp up on high tide line among the rocks; a few black birds flying
Total dead birds: 5. black with white belly, some kind of sea bird by the webbed feet, but i do not know the name.
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
one huge fish head, probably from a fisherman
Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Small rocks, Wood pieces. not much human-based debris. huge piles of mango to melon-sized rocks where i have never seen them before, abput 1/2 mile down
erosion of sandstone cliffs, further exposure of roots
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This was an exceptionally warm Saturday so there were more people on the beach than I usually see but everyone was well behaved and loving the rare chance to be on the beach (and even a few brave souls in the water) without multiple layers of coats.
Driftwood 5th graders had a wonderful day at their first observation of their adopted mile.
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On a mild, sunny Friday in November we found the beach pretty quiet.
Beach was looking pretty clean of trash at the surf line and above in the dry sand.