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Mile 52 Report
April 20, 2007
This is not a full report, as I was just walking a part of the mile with my visiting sister.
This is not a full report, as I was just walking a part of the mile with my visiting sister. I am sending a report because of finding the dead sea lion. I contacted Dave Bilderback of the Marine Mammal stranding network about the animal. I also found one dead Rhinoceros auklet and an amazing cabezon fish, quite large, about two and one-half feet. I had never seen one of these fish before but am quite sure of the identification which I did on returning home. I have GOT to get accustomed to taking my camera along on ALL walks!
Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S.
Total dead birds: 1. rhinoceros auklet
Stranded Marine Mammals
Total stranded mammals: 1. sea lion. Seemed to be a recent event. The fur was still quite nice and only one peck mark.
Dead Fish or Invertebrates
One cabezon. Very exciting to find this as I have never seen one. It was about two and one-half feet long, using the King George method of "feet", namely my own shoe!
Seaweeds and seagrass, Small rocks. plastic bottles
All Mile 52 Reports
Most notable observations were the large amount of wrack debris, including fresh kelp, small woody debris, and remnants of dead gorse plants scattered along waveslope.
Hazy conditions due to smoke from wildfires in wilderness areas east of Port Orford. Juvenile snowy plover and common murre chick offshore indicate successful nesting. Bleached barnacles on rocks may indicate disease or exposure to extreme temperatures. New home construction noted at southeast end of beach.
There were only 5 people and 3 dogs, but I observed this little black and white bird near the water.
Fine morning on beach with visitors mostly near Tseriadun access area looking for agates. Western snowy plovers present during breeding season.
8 people at south end of beach with1 off-leash dog.
Beautiful day on Mile 52; 31 people enjoying the beach on a warm and calm afternoon; majority of visitors hunt for agates near the south beach access; two off-leash dogs roam freely; four dogs are leashed in compliance with park rules; 1 OHV enters beach at Paradise Point and drives south to Agate Beach/Tseriadun access, crossing from wet sand into dry sand/dune area, causing potential disturbance to wintering flock of snowy plovers (7 birds observed); flock of 14 American crows hover near beach and perch in trees adjacent to south beach access; driftline contains mostly small rock, shells, wood and kelp; very little trash