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338 Randy and Beth 06/27/2022

Two notable things on our beach mile walk today. As we walked south to north we spotted ladybugs on the small driftwood/grasslike seaweed combo that was at the edge of the  surf zone. This was along most of our mile, and a first. We've never seen this before.

 We also picked up Buoy Beer labels along our mile. We only found a dozen, but there will be more heading to the beach as we spotted them in the water.  Another walker we encountered had his pockets full also.  He commented that the south jetty is a gathering spot, so we will return soon to help with more cleanup.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 06/25/2022

A rare day on the beach, as temperature was 70 degrees with the usual moderate steady wind. Lots of folks, most I've ever seen. Picked up quite a few used cherry bombs, and a rather large, empty bottle of liquor. Large piece of plastic found, along with the usual smaller pieces. Several families having picnics. Dogs were on leash. Altogether a very good day on the beach.

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310 gmfindley 06/24/2022

Parking lot full with lots of people enjoying warmer temps on bright sunny day. Didn't see other wildlife/birds besides seagulls and crows.   Saw some beach debris, including wooden pallet and plank. Noticed several black drainage pipes coming down off the hillside.  Don't know if these are new or have been there for awhile; or if they are permitted.

On several beaches in the past 10 days have collected a number of Bouy Brewery labels. See photo of pallet washed ashore south near last headland before Hug Point;, heavy plank/support (possibly from pier); metal-framed box with styrofoam inside seen in creek bed leading to shore near all glass house; and fallen sign post just up from beach.

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317 SeagerG 06/22/2022 DISPATCH

A drone hovered very close to the Black Oystercatcher nesting site on Submarine Rock for nearly 15 minutes (definitely affecting the behavior of both parents and chicks) and nearly hit a juvenile Bald Eagle;
The Steller pup was in a high traffic area and even with relocation of the sign from the Seaside Aquarium, people either couldn't see him, or still wanted to get close to take photos. He was close to my survey site so I did my best to reroute human traffic around his location and to keep and eye on him. He moved very little, only vocalized for one short period, and finally died.

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331 alkarbeck 06/21/2022

It was mild and the tide was far enough out to drive on the beach. But it was eeriely quiet! No dog walkers, no one sitting by their vehicles, and no gulls!!! It was an odd time to see it so quiet. However, our beach has been clean the last few times we have been on it including today!

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219 YHONA 06/21/2022

Today's observations indicate that the location surveyed is experiencing high levels of human activity. Many people were observed recreating at the site, tidepooling, strolling or sitting quietly to observe the scenery. The location is also an important habitat area for seabirds and shorebirds. Several species are currently nesting and breeding in the area (mostly on the offshore islands and cliffs), and numerous predator birds were observed attempting to hunt adults or steal eggs. The resident harbor seal colony at Yaquina Head remains a significant presence, and dozens of seals could be seen on the rocks offshore or on the far end of Cobble Beach.

Very little trash was present on the beaches today, and erosion, though present, seemed minimally concerning.

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226 gsmeyer 06/20/2022

Humans were only noted well above the shoreline, specifically at the Lookout, where people parked their vehicles to get out for a few minutes to observe the seascapes.  There was a notable absence of wildlife.  (Note that I had seen several whales - probably gray - at the south end of mile 226 only two days prior.). No physical changes were observed since my last quarterly visit.   

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307 Bald Eagle 06/20/2022

Eight people and one dog were walking on the beach.  One oyster catcher was on the beach.  I saw about 30 healthy sea stars on the large rock south of Gull Rock (see attached pictures).  No wasting was observed.

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185 Lfleming 06/20/2022

A sunny, very windy day that brought out a lot of people to enjoy the beach, mostly staying in the first sandy area.   The cobbles in the middle section made walking hard farther along the beach.   We had a bald eagle fly over us and a turkey vulture landed on rocks near by after circling us.   There were 13 harbor seal on the bigger rocks.   The gulls were out on the mussel covered rocks and in the tide pools visible with the minus tide.   There were a few orange seastars on the outer rocks.  A nice break from the rain.

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184 simmonsk 06/20/2022

A warm sunny day with low tides brought lots of visitors to Ocean Beach.  There is a rock field present at the base of the stairs and there were quite a few rock hunters.  Most people were enjoying the beach, picnicking, kite flying, walking, sitting and tide pooling.  The exposed rock formations at all points along the beach offered great sea star viewing, many the size of dinner plates!!  The stars I observed were healthy.  I didn't see any indications of wasting disease.  Crab molt must be starting as there were quite a few crab shells in the debris line.  Also I noted velella, By the Wind Sailors, in the debris line all along the beach.  I complete a Marine Debris survey for NOAA. 

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317 SeagerG 06/19/2022 DISPATCH

I'm wondering if better protection can be put in place for endangered seal and sea lion pups. More or clearer signage might help or even a volunteer network of people that could "stand guard" only be during pupping season and maybe only during high traffic times of the day.

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203 Jon French 06/19/2022 DISPATCH

At 10:02 p.m. last night, someone on Bayshore Beach, two houses west of me, began shooting off fireworks, loud sky rocket types with big bang star bursts at the top. I jumped out of bed, our dog ran under the bed, and probably at least a couple of PTSD vets in the neighborhood hit the floor. As we all know, beach fireworks are prohibited. To remind visitors, there are Fireworks Prohibited signs and beach access signs along Oceania Drive paralleling the beach (see attached photos and also a highlighted version of Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 736-021-0100 cited on the Fireworks Prohibited signs).

This morning I walked the beach looking for fireworks debris but didn't find any, so I knocked on the door of the house fronting where the fireworks had originated, a vacation house whose owners I didn't know. The people who answered the door, one of them a young woman holding a baby, had also been disturbed by the fireworks, which they said came from the beach right in front of them, but they didn't know who it was, and it hadn't been them. I know I'm just preaching to the choir, but if anyone would like to pass this on, I'm attaching a #SilentFireworks poster which Mile 203's Nancy Thomas sent to me.

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102 beachnut 06/19/2022

A calm, overcast morning of 55 drew 8 folks and 4 dogs to the beach at 7 a.m. 6 were rock hunting and 2 walking. Dozens of gulls and several crows were out as well. Small rocks, shells, kelp, wood pieces and driftwood, builder styrofoam, and rubber fish lures composed the wrack line. Erosion of the vegetative foredune continues with recent high tides.

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220 kmalarkey 06/18/2022 DISPATCH

Possible Sea Star Wasting disease observed in sea star across tidepool with binoculars and photo. Enlarge left section of dark area above pool. Note small light circle. Sea star with backwards drooping arms is to the right of the light spot. No other sea stars observed in this area. Resembles SSWD seen in 2014-2015. Pool deep so couldn't get closer. Pool is in formation due west of 68th St access and about 100 meters south.

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317 SeagerG 06/18/2022 DISPATCH

The majority of the people seemed genuinely concerned with the health of the sea lion but weren't sure what to do and weren't aware pups are left on beaches by their mothers. One person called the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Many curious people were getting within a few feet for photographs. I was stationed nearby surveying birds so I moved close enough to the pup to warn others off (especially those with off-leash dogs) but far enough not to disturb. Photos were taken with a zoom.

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110 skimmer 06/18/2022

A foggy morning with lots of happy wildlife.  One dead skate just south of Merchant Creek.

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220 kmalarkey 06/15/2022

Beautiful  -2.7 tide @ 8 am. Saw 5 immature eagles flying or sitting on nearby tree branch. High sand levels near Yaquina Head have created a "sand forest" of dead snags on upper beach near trail to 55th St. Bright green algae growing on rocks below Yaquina Head might indicate some water runoff from homes above the beach.

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219 YHONA 06/14/2022

Took a brief walk along Cobble Beach and the small beach at Quarry Cove within Yaquina Head ONA. Weather was sunny and at the time of writing listed as 54 degrees faranheight. No noticable disturbances. Notable wildlife observed included Harbor Seals, Black Oystercatchers, Pelagic and Brant's Cormorants, and Common Murres. 

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244 garretta 06/13/2022 DISPATCH

An incredible opportunity to watch two bald eagle on Lincoln City, Oregon Beach. Took lots of videos but files are too large to upload. All with iPhone 11 Pro, exactly as taken, no optimizing. The best camera is the one you have at the time.

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261 beattieb 06/12/2022 DISPATCH

Increased erosion of ramp, and repairs to this access. Increased erosion of drain pipe area and natural changes to sand bar creating a water way about 100 yards long.  

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200 KFunk 06/12/2022

There were more cars than expected at Patterson State Park this rainy Sunday morning. As I headed south to start my mile, I searched for an easy way to cross the heavily flowing Patterson Creek. The two young men riding skimboards in the creek offered me the option to use the skimboard to get across but I decided it was probably better for me to just do a little wading. The tide line closest to the ocean contained dead mole crabs, many rocks, some crab body pieces, kelp and a few sticks. Half way through the mile, I was excited to see a bald eagle flying near the ocean. Other than that, the only birds I saw were some gulls and crows. As I turned around near the Big Stump to head north by the dunes, I observed the water pipe with a very light flow. Close to the dunes, it was nice to see the spring plant growth of the Vetch and Sea Sandwort. One of the dune markers that I regularly check is a path from a HWY 101 pull out that leads to the beach. It winds through the fore dune before a drop off to the beach. Sand has returned to the bottom of this dune making this path more accessible. Last visit, it was quite a bit of a jump to get down to the beach from this path. I snapped a picture of the protruding log that I've been regularly checking. Some sand is also returning to this area below the fore dune. I saw the usual styrofoam pieces in the highest tide line as well as the various trash items laying on the beach or stuck in the sticks near the dunes -  water bottle, straw, plastic bag,  shoe, kid's sand toys and boggie board, food wrapper. There was a fire pit and vertical log structure at the base of the path that leads to the Inn at Sandcastle  Beach Vacasa Rental. As I continued north by the dunes, I snapped a photo of the sandstone bluff and compared it to previous photos of this same bluff. There appears to be new graffiti thanks to Nick or someone fond of them. As I finished the mile, the skimboarders had left the creek and were now enjoying the incoming tide at the foreshore.
 

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254 heidenreichh 06/11/2022

Beach continues to have a gentle slope and is free of human debris.  Small crustaceans found all along the tide line. The "cliffs" at the north end of the mile appear to be eroded into a greater slant.  

Between "Sisters' house' and Neskowin Crest (mid mile) there were four trails into the dunes (with evidence of human usage) which are causing erosion.

 

 

 

 

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274 rogans 06/08/2022

A plesant day to be on the beach. 

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243 garretta 06/07/2022

After very rainy weekend and very sunny Monday, Tuesday started out sunny and turned to cloudy, windy with expected rain. Significantly fewer people and dogs than anticipated. Concerned about smoldering fires and number of abandoned fire circles along the lenght of the mile. Saw my first pelicans of the season last week. Watched but did not see any today. 

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238 Cathy238 06/07/2022

Very little activity and little debris (logs, kelp, etc) today on this mile. The riprap project extends from Gleneden Beach north through Mile 238. It will be continuing for some time. If tide is in and work is being done, it is difficult to get through some areas on the beach.

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324 SeagerG 06/06/2022

Beautiful day with only a mild breeze. Few people were on the beach mostly concentrated around the Broadway turnaround and 12th Ave. Although the water appears to be clearning from the recent algae bloom, Rockweed and Eelgrass are washing up along with some large chunks of styrofoam. Trees from the southern edge of the Gearhart cliffs (Faith's Lookout) are strewn throughout the estuary and along the sand north of 12th Ave. Someone also topped and pruned the lower branches of the trees on and along the northern edge of Seaside's bluffs. A local said another local did it for the view and that the land it privately owned.

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207 SierraCoolware 06/05/2022

Today I came across a small seal or sea lion about 4 feet in length washed up on the shore. I thought it was dead, but then I noticed it had opened its eyes but I could tell it was very lethargic. It had been tagged.  It didn't look like it was injured, but I did notice blood coming out of the prepuce or umbilicus. It looked as if it had an internal injury. Now that I had the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute's Stranding Coordinator's mobile number (see previous post), I texted him and sent him a picture of the tag and what I observed. Here's what he said: "It's a weaned elephant seal pup. It was likely born and weaned in California this past winter....they often sustain superficial bleeding wounds from abrasions or bird pecks.... It looks thin and is likely malnourished".  I told him that I would look for the pup the next day hoping that the little baby would have the strength to swim away. The next day, I reported to the Stranding Coordinator that I didn't see the pup and he replied that the pup had passed away last night and had been picked up for research and necroscopy. Rest in peace, little one.

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311 sultanym 06/04/2022

A morning walk on mile 311 from Tolovanna Wayside to Silver Point/Jockey Cap revealed a high relative abundance of ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) in rocky tidepools during the outgoing tide. Notable bird species included black oystercatcher, brown pelican, harlequin duck, pelagic cormorant, and pigeon guillemot) https://ebird.org/checklist/S112128186). 

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204 Jon French 06/03/2022

Driftwood Wayside is open again after PacWave's departure, but I was the only visitor on this breezy, drizzly day. I walked north to Seal Rock looking for potential Western Snowy Plover nesting habitat, but the beach is still barren from winter storms and tides. I only encountered two beach walkers, and one very aggressive young German Shorthair Pointer who ran up to me with ears laid back and decided I was worth nipping. There was no owner in sight, and the nip missed, but I'll carry my walking stick next time.

Two days before, two other volunteers and I had conducted our second NOAA marine debris survey in the 100 meters south of Buckley Creek. We didn't find much debris, but the important thing is to methodically collect and categorize what we do find, report our results to NOAA, and periodically resurvey and report on the same site so that NOAA can hopefully get a better handle on this worsening environmental scourge. Except for ongoing surveys at Padre Island National Seashore in Texas, in the past month only eleven NOAA debris surveys were conducted on the entire East and West coasts, Alaska, and Hawaii, of which two-thirds (seven of eleven) were conducted in Oregon. Thanks, Jesse Jones, for helping make this happen!

https://mdmap.orr.noaa.gov/site/1289

 

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214 MatthewsE 06/01/2022

No sanderlings in the surfline along the mile; which seemed very odd to me because there really wasn't a lot of people on the beach other than a normal light day...although there were five people surfing, but seemed strange. 7 gulls, 1 Hawk 8 Grebes.

Logs and wood continue to be burried by the sand deposition; making it easier to navigate the beach and look for beached birds (none found). Clam partly cloudy day 57 degrees.  Had a friend from my High School days helping me with the survey.

 

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330 LEWI 06/01/2022

Conducted a NOAA marine debris survey today with the CoastWatch coordinator and a group from the Northwest Youth Corps. Also picked up trash from outside of the survey area, along the mile. 

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196 Pardiatthebeach 06/01/2022

Very low tide so two people clamming. One bike rider. Not a lot of notable debris at this time other than some styrofoam pieces in the wrackline. No birds out of the ordinary.

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211 Chad101 06/01/2022

Erosion in the face of the embankment continues, including new large boulder falls.  Several large rocky areas have appeared on the beach and along the foot of many parts of the embankment.  I walked the beach late in the day, from around 4:30 to just before 7:00, so as people became less numerous the wildlife reappeared on the beach. 

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222 FlaningamM 05/30/2022

Notable highlights: relatively small landslide at the mile's middle parking lot; large piece of shipping debris; large tree debris (unusual to see large natural or unnatural debris at this mile; the usual trash (though as usual, less than seen at miles 223 and 224 to the north); a bald eagle and barn swallows!

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210 mrkopplin 05/29/2022

It was a breezy and overcast day but no rain when we were on the beach. Quite a few people were out probably due to the holiday weekend and the fact that it had stopped raining. We picked up some litter - mostly bits of fishing line and some styrofoam - but nothing remarkable. There was a flock of about 50 Whimbrels and Sanderlings that kept flying up and circling and landing to feed. The tide was high and the recent storm had scoured some sand off the beach so there were areas of small rocks that ran right down to the water; places where rock pickers like to hunt for agates and fossils.

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264 QuanB 05/27/2022

Cloudy with incoming storm clouds on the horizon. Higher number of people on the beach than usual because of the Memorial Day weekend. Some nutjob doing vehicle donuts on the sand in the prohibited vehicle area...

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324 SeagerG 05/26/2022

The main find was a dead Laysan Albatross, with ID help from CoastWatch. There were no active fires but numerous recent fire pits with burnt driftwood/logs/stumps.

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254 Neskowin254 05/25/2022

Nothing unusual to report.

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202 Jon French 05/25/2022

I walked today with my fellow CoastWatcher and Plover Patrol volunteer Nancy Thomas. A few days before, I had helped our Beach Ranger, Doug Sestrich, put up protective rope enclosures around Snowy Plover nests number 8 and 10 here  on Mile 202 in Bayshore (BASH08A and BASH10A in the reporting terminology), and I had discovered a new one-egg nest, BASH11A. Today we found that BASH08A had failed, with new sand accretion in the area and no sign of where the nest had been. As we approached the BASH10A enclosure, we saw a woman leaving from inside the ropes. Nancy tracked her down on the beach (she was collecting rocks) and politely talked to her. Despite the intrusion, a bird was on the BASH10A nest, and of course we're careful to stay at a distance and not disturb an incubating bird. BASH11A now has two eggs, with a pair of plovers in the vicinity but no bird on the nest yet, as incubation doesn't typically begin until after a full clutch of three eggs is laid. As soon as weather permits, we'll help Doug remove the failed BASH08A ropes and hopefully rope BASH11A if the nest is still active. Of eleven Snowy Plover nests this year on Mile 202, nine have failed, and two remain active.

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193 SKMacK 05/24/2022

The shoreline looked much the same. It is hard to tell from visit to visit whether there has been more erosion, although south of the river some of the trees seem to be closer to the edge of the low bluff, and in one case leaning so much as to look as if it might topple over. 

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261 beattieb 05/23/2022

Pretty quiet morning.  2 hours later there were 50 people, and 40+/- cars in the parking lot. Water erosion on top of cape evident, two large trees are all that is left of the forest. These trees are not doing well.  

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26 hobbins 05/22/2022

This was the cleanest the beach has ever been since we have walked it. 

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288 SchankK 05/21/2022

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny Saturday with a moderate north wind.  I was glad to see the stakes and signs indicating snowy plovers were nesting in the northern portion of Mile 288!  I also enjoyed watching what may have been two whimbrels on the foreshore!

On the negative side, it appeared as though someone caught their limit of cockles on the bay and crossed the spit with them before dumping them at the high tide line directly west of the trail entrance mid-mile.  And despite the significant amount of sand deposition since the winter storms, I still found several large piles of rope (too large for me to remove) and plenty of small pieces of Styrofoam, fishing debris, and of course plastic bottles (thankfully small enough quantities that I was able to carry it all out).  

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245 TerryH 05/20/2022

Clean beach except for an oil barrel and some sea lion bones.  The sea lion bones explain the presence of several vultures and an occasional eagle the past few weeks.  Contacted State Parks Ranger Ryan Parker for removal of barrel.

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203 Nancy Thomas 05/19/2022

There was not a lot of activity on the beach.  The tides continue to flow all the way to the foredunes.  There is little to no nesting area for Snowy Plovers.  I found the discovery of tadpoles and the Aquatic Pacific Garter Snake interesting in a pool between the foredunes and the banks to the East of the foredunes. I have always heard the frogs calling at night.  This is my first discovery of the tadpoles.  Sad to say the dogs were not on leashes.  

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207 SierraCoolware 05/18/2022

Walking my mile, I noticed a tiny spotted baby seal washed up inbetween some surf tumbled sandstone. Nature has such a wonderful way of blending life with nature.  The tide had turned and high tide would probably reach the baby seal in about 2 hours. I had never seen such a tiny pup and it brought me back to my days in junior high when we were subjected to learning about the Artic baby seals and the horrible things done to them just to harvest their fur. I have to admit, I freaked out knowing this little pup may be food for vultures. Staying my distance, I was not going to leave this pup alone.  I called the national stranded marine mammal hotline and they took my information and assured me they would forward it on to the responsible stranding coordinator for my area. I then received a text from the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute and connected with the Stranding Coordinator. Here's what he said: "It's normal for seal pups to rest alone on shore and it's important for people to leave them alone so their mothers will continue to come ashore to nurse them. There are no rehabilitation options for seal pups in Oregon so this is the pup's best chance for survival. We ask that people please remain at least 150 feet away from them".  I'm writing this post to remind people that the pup's best chance of survival is to leave them alone no matter how hard it is to try to save them.

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339 edjoyce 05/18/2022

All looks about the same except for dunes being less steep.  We could help quantify changes in beach/dune steepness via beach profiling techniques.

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194 tietjenl 05/17/2022

This Coastwatch walk started out with a fly by of 8 brown pelicans in line just above the surface of the water! Loved it! Gorgeous, sunny morning with almost no wind. Spent some time watching two purple shore crabs apparently fighting just below the level of the water. No dead or stranded animals and minimal litter. 

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169 oceanwalker842 05/16/2022

A great day for enjoying the beach. Little or no detectable wingd, great temperature and beautiful sky. Very, very little trash just many broken clam shells as seen on the attached photo.

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203 JLcoasties 05/16/2022

Good day on the beach. We picked up two full 2.5 gallon buckets of marine debris, much of it small styrofoam. There were patches of micro plastice pieces in places on the beach. Found a 200 ft. length of 1/4 inch crab pot braided line, which took about 30 minutes to untangle and coil. We gave it to the Beach Ranger who was driving by.

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220 DKPowell 05/16/2022

A nice day to walk the beach. With few winter storms, Starfish Beach (the old name on older maps) is full of sand.

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254 heidenreichh 05/15/2022

The beach has a gentle slope upward and eastward along Mile 254. North of  the "Sisters' house" where the rip rap ends,  the bay has deepened and the dunes continue to erode as evidenced by the dead sea grass all the way to the Neskowin Crest checkpoint. The cliffs at the end of the mile show increased erosion since last month as evidenced by flat appearance of the cliff and more dead pine trees which have fallen onto the beach.

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322 BerryR 05/14/2022

There was a fair amount of trash including fishing line, rope, food trash, plastic, and empty small liquor bottles. These were located both on the rocks and the sand. There was remnants of a fire that was too close to big pieces of driftwood. There were lots of surfers and people standing around. There were a few different kinds of shorebirds including those listed in this report. Overall, there was no big concerns other than the trash. I picked up some fishing line and rope and disposed of it. 

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197 mudslide 05/13/2022

A pleasant, sunny, slightly breezy afternoon on the mile. Twenty-one people, including one small child, were out enjoying the beach, which was very clean except for a few styrofoam nurdles. Two sitters, the rest walkers. Twelve dogs, of which nine were leashed. A new chunk of bluff had come down within the first quarter-mile south of the campground.

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184 simmonsk 05/10/2022

It was a beautiful, sunny day on Ocean Beach.  There weren't many people out but those who were visiting were rockhounding, walking and soaking up the sun.  It looks like summer on Ocean Beach.  Most of the rock fields are now covered.  The waterfall and several other small streams were flowing at various points up and down the beach. I noticed lots and lots of sand shrimp.  The area around the parking lot has recently been mowed and the hedges trimmed to improve the view from all the picnic tables.  Thanks Oregon Park rangers!

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204 Jon French 05/10/2022 DISPATCH

The PacWave South wave energy project hosted a BBQ today at Driftwood Wayside for staff and neighbors to celebrate the completion of construction work here and the reopening of the Wayside later this month. Taking advantage of the sunny day, a crew also worked at striping the parking lot. The Wayside looks improved from before construction work began, with the freshly asphalted parking lot, new walkways, and an ADA accessible viewing platform that provides an expansive view of Driftwood Beach.  All of the vegetation bordering the Wayside was protected during construction, including the Kinnikinnick plant on which the endangered Seaside Hoary Elfin butterfly depends. PacWave's land-based work now shifts east of Highway 101, where an energy collection and monitoring compound will be built. Actual collection of wave-generated electricity and transmission to Central Lincoln PUD's power grid is scheduled to begin sometime next year.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 05/08/2022 DISPATCH

Discovered a dead marine mammal at the high tide line. Possibly harbor porpoise?

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264 QuanB 05/06/2022

Nice, sunny, late afternoon with few folks on the shoreline.  Beach pretty clean.  Concerned about the big hole someone dug which at night will cause a fall.

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 05/05/2022

The beach looked clean, people and dogs were well behaved. The landslide from January 2021 is stabilizing.

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317 tabeag 05/05/2022

Minimal activity because of the rain.

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225 CherieE53 05/04/2022

There were very few large birds visible in the air or on the ground/rocks. The only large animals were the Harbor Seals.

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315 tabeag 05/04/2022

Quiet day on the beach, minimal visitors.

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 05/04/2022

The beach was very clean, no real wrack line. Not the usual kelp pieces or chunks of wood. Just smooth sand and small rocks.

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214 MatthewsE 05/03/2022

My first beached bird sighting in six months, juvenile gull (Larid). 

Sand deposition is continuing its process of burying large logs and debris, since the winter storms.  Don't have to look under logs for beached animal life, because of sand filling in the crevices. Pretty clean beach, no human caused debrie in sight. Had a friend from France help me with today's observations and data crunching as I have a cast on my wrist...he did great!

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202 Jon French 05/01/2022 DISPATCH

As I entered the beach at access 67D with my fellow CoastWatcher Nancy Thomas, we saw a Bald Eagle sitting on a carcass. We approached the carcass, about 8' long, a marine mammal which we later identified as a female Steller Sea Lion. We didn't see any signs of injury, and scavengers hadn't yet been able to penetrate the carcass except for the eyes and anus. Nancy took photos and submitted them to OSU's Marine Mammal Stranding Network along with coordinates. The carcass had drawn a crowd of scavengers. We saw at least a half dozen Bald Eagles, both adult and immature, and even more Turkey Vultures and Corvids. Death for some means life for others, and there should be plenty of full stomachs in the days ahead.

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116 alaingamerica 05/01/2022

I came for the minus tide since the weather would be dry. Very light human use. Very healthy seeming population of Pisaster ochraceus, and a possibly corresponding healthy seeming population of urchins, compared to overgrowth in seasons past. Noticed a bit more kelp in wrack than usual. Spring time has arrived at the cove. I met two students from OIMB, one of which has great eyesight and spied a very small creature, possibly a nudibranch. 

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222 FlaningamM 04/30/2022

Quiet morning, due to it being so early. Most notable observation was the moderately large gathering of whimbrels, who presumably were taking an important break from the long migration in order to fuel up. They were not disturbed by any one while I was there (dogs were leashed), but I expect they will be when more people and dogs come later in the day. Ideally there would be signs at the parking and entry areas of Beverly and Moolack Beaches alerting people when migration is occurring and to be extra cautious to not disturb birds.

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203 Nancy Thomas 04/28/2022

Walked Mile 203.  Quiet morning.  Temperature was 45 degrees with minimal wind.  Did see dogs off lease that caused the gulls to be alerted and move.  Saw a couple gulls and my first Whimbrels of the 2022 Season.  One dead bird that crows were playing with.  Roy Lowe assisted in its identification as a Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel. Beach still very flat with little to no area suitable for Western Snowy Plover nesting.  Tides are reaching all the way to the foredunes. Discussed the shorebirds with a few of the people on the beach.  Knowledge of the birds nesting habits was evident. 

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262 Linda Fink 04/27/2022 DISPATCH

Finally, the park has put up a no vehicles beyond this point sign that will last and not get buried in sand. It is at the north end of the dune.

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299 cpendergrass 04/25/2022

The weather was divine on this spring day with 60 degrees, calm winds and abundant sunshine. Only 5 dogs and 28 people noted...2 sitting and 26 walking including 1 boy walking his bike at water's edge. The dunes are beginning to soften their profiles after severe storm erosion in January left tall cliffs of sand facing the sea.   

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290 Foxglove290 04/24/2022

Noticable sluffing of shoreline 'bluff' along Camp Magurders property.  I have included photos.

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290 BerrieC 04/23/2022

Erosion has abated on Mile 290 since that which occurred during the winter.  The northern and central sections of Camp Magruder have sustained the highest loss of bluffs and trees. The southern beachfront of Magruder and the adjacent beach down to Barview Jetty do not appear to have experienced any erosion comparable to the sections to the north.

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202 Jon French 04/23/2022

There weren't many people on the beach for a Spring weekend, the day after Earth Day. A hazard warning was in effect for sneaker waves, and recent tides had run up high across the beach, but the surf was fairly calm, and no one seemed concerned. The week before, I had found this year's seventh Western Snowy Plover nest on Mile 202, the first six nests having previously failed, probably due to weather and predation. Using coordinates I had recorded the week before, I found this seventh nest, which had contained two eggs, now empty, and what looked like a crow track where the eggs had been. Despite the failed nest, it was another beautiful day on Mile 202. It's still early in the nesting season, and the birds whose nests have failed will keep trying.

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101 GarrettSEA 04/22/2022

Nothing out of the ordinary 

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339 edjoyce 04/20/2022

Beach still has a very wintery appearance with steep dunes and a relatively narrow beach.

The flock of eagles was startling - I've never seen 10-12 eagles eating together before.

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255 AngeloL 04/17/2022

Infestation of crab parts in one stretch of beach.  More than usual number of whole dead crabs most of the mile.  The amount of trash was less than minimal:  one small piece of styrofoam, one small piece of a broken bottle, one piece of what appeared to be fishing line, one piece of bottle-top plastic, and several small pieces of plastic.  I removed all of it.

I walked this beach about 10 days ago, and again at the northern-most boundary of what is known as North Neskowin, the water contained what I would call "red algae."  It was a stretch of the water about 100 yards wide and very noticeable.

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246 TerryH 04/17/2022 DISPATCH

For the past few days a very large raptor, possibly a Golden Eagle, has been cruising the northern end of Roads End beach. Today, I walked the beach hoping to spot it but only saw some turkey vultures and a sea lion carcass.  Attached photo was taken April 14th, courtesy of local photographer, Tony Valente. An impressive bird, it is larger than a Bald Eagle.  Dark brown and black.  Contacted Lincoln City chapter of the Audubon Society. 

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261 beattieb 04/17/2022

Sand movement has covered the exposed base rocks near the cape and south of the ramp.  There is a area just west of the boat ramp that is much lower showing exposed loose rocks 4-6" diameter.  Boats are launching north of this area..  north of the ramp the hillside continues to sluffing.  

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55 KFunk 04/17/2022 DISPATCH

This beautiful beach is accessed by a road in the campground in Cape Blanco State Park. There were many people collecting rocks at low tide and a few cars collecting driftwood. In general, the beach was clean of trash. The reason I am filing this Dispatch is because there are two large pieces of garbage half buried in the sand - a large propane tank and a tire.

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254 heidenreichh 04/16/2022

The dunes north of the rip rap (mid mile) to the end of the mile show slides and sloughing which, in some cases, have been exxagerated by human usage. The cliffs at the end of the mile continue to erode, killing trees and exposing grass roots. 

There were several wide -tire bike trails on the beach closer to the village of Neskowin.

Except for a ledge being built up in front of Pacific Sands and The Breakers, the beach slopes gently eastward.

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274 rogans 04/14/2022

A brisk but partly sunny afternoon. Despite the upcoming weekend, there were not many people around. Patches of the surf are still full of seaweed, but less so than a week ago.

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194 tietjenl 04/13/2022

A welcome calm, partly sunny hour on Mile 194 amid what has been several days of hail, high winds and rain. Observed a group of 5 black oystercatchers and 2 additional single ones; a small feeding flock of surfscoters, one sea lion rolling around in the waves approximately 50yards out in front of Smelt Sands, 2 single killdeer about 0.5miles apart, plenty of gulls, and 2 cormorants. See photos below for the status of the rock wall border at Smelt Sands. Only a small bag of litter collected including more styrofoam, a length of marine rope/line, cardboard beer packaging, one hard plastic piece of debris about 6" long, but no plastic water bottles! Yay!

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207 SierraCoolware 04/12/2022

I have never seen a tiny octopus in the wild. As I was walking my mile and looking in the tidepools, something caught my eye. I thought maybe it was a tiny squid swimming in the tidepool, but it was a tiny octopus between 2-3 inches long with the most beautiful big black eyes. As I put my finger in the water to point out the octopus on my video and hoping it would latch on to me like in the enourmously popular Netflix feature, My Octopus Teacher, it changed colors to a darker maroon and shrunk up in size. I could sense it was scared. I pulled my finger back, a little disappointed it didn't latch on to form a bond with me. I observed it swim away at a rather relaxed pace to hide among the maroon colored kelp in the tide pool. It was amazing to see. I guess I was in the right place at the right time.

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264 QuanB 04/11/2022

Lots of broken seashells all along the shoreline...have never seen that before.  Picked up various plastic debris.  It hailed this morning and rained most of the day, but the clouds cleared for about an hour late afternoon.

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203 Nancy Thomas 04/09/2022 DISPATCH

Jesse Jones our contact and coordinator for Coast Watch, Jon French, Dawn Pavitt-Ryan and myself met at the Sandpiper Shores Entrance and walked to Buckley Creek to train for a new NOAA Marine Debris Program. We learned how to set up our selected 100 meter survey area near the Buckley Creek outlet to the Pacific Ocean. We learned how to measure our survey area and collect the marine debris per the procedures required by the NOAA MDMAP.  This area is considered Mile 203 on the Oregon Coast.  I monitor this mile as my Coast Watch Mile.  Jesse felt that the site that we chose was a good site for the NOAA project.  Most of the debris seems to come from the fishing boats.  There is a lot of fishing in this area of the ocean for Dungeonous Crab and shrimp. It will be interesting to see what is collected over time.  The survey will be done monthly and as close as possible to the same date each month. 

The Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project, or MDMAP, engages NOAA partners and volunteers around the world to survey and record the amount and types of marine debris on shorelines.  How big is the marine debris problem, and how is it changing over time? What types of debris are most common in your region? MDMAP survey data can help to answer these questions and can be used to guide marine debris policy development, provide education and outreach, and address important research questions.

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59 jessejones 04/08/2022

Today included a group of 28 Coos and Curry residents, joining an ecological interpretive walk led by Dr Larry Basch. Blacklock Point is proposed as a Marine Conservation Area by the public, to be included in the updated Rocky Habitat Management Plan for the Oregon coast. Dozens of healthy sea stars were spotted in the intertidal, as well as kelps. The trail is well-trod and a somewhat large parking area across from the airport buildings and near the trail head isn't marked and is not obvious. 

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180 lectricriderone 04/07/2022 DISPATCH

I noticed the usual natural increase in sand on the beach starting to cover rocks that are completely covered up in the summer.  In addition, there are fewer pebbles showing as the sand covers them.  A lack of litter shows people are being careful with packing up their trash.  Several fresh water seeps are visible as you walk toward the headland.  

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181 lectricriderone 04/07/2022

Mile 181 is evolving on a natural path with very little human caused changes.  I walked right past the stairs to the day use parking area because it's camouflaged well.  Logs, driftwood, and clean sand are common.  The fluorescent painted signs that mark the miles are the only clue that there's a trail to the car.  I found that people keep the beach clean and today was no exception.  

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154 Eugene Hikers 04/07/2022

Six Eugene Hikers parked at Tahkenitch Campground parking lot, hiked Dunes Trail, and entered beach at Emergency Sign #115. Four cars were observed in parking lot. It was a beautiful, calm, sunny day (69 degree temp). There were 3 other people observed walking on beach, and one of them was a Bandon resident also collecting debris/litter as part of a practice. No dogs. A few live birds were observed including a bald eagle, 2 snowy plovers standing near the water and a couple of gulls. There was a snowy plover protective area roped off for the first quarter of the mile; however, one section of rope was down and needs to be replaced/repaired. The group observed one set of deer tracks and one set of car tracks (within permitted vehicle use area). No marine life observed except one whole crab, and some shells. Most of the debris collected by the Eugene Hikers was ocean-based and included plastic (including bottle with Japanese writing) and styrofoam (which had blown up to sand bank and into foredune area). Eugene Hikers left bag(s) of debris at base of Emergency Sign #115A for State Parks pick up.  

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26 hobbins 04/07/2022

A beautiful day with clear skies and beautiful surf. The beach looked good except for the plastic debris.

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99 tbowspencer 04/07/2022

Mile 99 is now mostly flat, without the sand dunes seen on the last survey. Johnson Creek on the north end and Crooked Creek on the south end are both running at only ankle height max depth. A few of the oceanfront homes have cleared the gorse from the bluffs in front of them with no replacement planted as yet. 

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287 C Nelson 04/06/2022

A pleasant, partly cloudy spring day. Despite the lovely weather, not many folks out. Not much wildlife activity noted either; few seabirds and gulls present, resident eagles did not make an appearance. Most notable observation was presence of seveal patches of brown algae which turned the surf and sea foam in those areas a dirty, muddy-looking brown color. Attached photos taken on the Bay Ocean spit illustrate the phenomenon but were not taken on mile 287. 

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262 Linda Fink 04/06/2022

lovely day with people enjoying the sunshine, no problems to report

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214 MatthewsE 04/03/2022

 

For a day that was supposed to have 1.5 inches of rain (it didn't happen) it was really nice. Winds about 15 mph...but seemed warm (51 degrees). No beached birds or animals found.

Sand deposit seems to be increasing on the beach with the major wood and debris getting more progressivily buried since the last two observations in Feburary and March.  A lot of natural caused trenches near the large debri that stored water and look slike new grass is growing on the beach, near the large wood debris. 

Not a lot of human caused debris other than one tennis shoe and plastic bag.

A flock of about 60 gulls in the water line, north end of the mile.

 

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219 YHONA 04/01/2022

No significant changes were observed to the location surveyed. Human use and visitation was low depsite favorable weather conditions. Additionally, the beach was relatively clean with few traces of litter or trash. Microplastics, if present, were not detectable.

Local wildlife appeared relaxed and unaffected by human presence. It is evident that the location continues to be a favorite haul-out location for the resident harbor seal colony, and several species of birds are also utilizing the quarry for habitat. 

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202 Jon French 04/01/2022

I walked Mile 202 today with fellow CoastWatcher and U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Plover Patrol volunteer Nancy Thomas.  We spent the afternoon zig zagging up and down the beach for about four miles, looking for Western Snowy Plovers and their nests.  We saw about twenty plovers and discovered three new nests: two with 1 egg and one with the full clutch size of 3 eggs, and we revisited a previously discovered 2 egg nest that now contains 3 eggs. These are the earliest Snowy Plover nests known in Lincoln County in recent times.  After the third egg is laid, the adults begin incubating, with chicks hatching in approximately 28 days if the nest survives. A storm is expected Sunday night, and any decision about encircling these nests with protective rope buffers will wait until the status of the nests is evaluated after the storm. We saw few beachgoers until we returned to our point of access, where we encountered a group of people with their dogs. Nancy approached them, gave them a plover information/etiquette card, and talked with them in a friendly manner about how they could help Snowy Plovers by maintaining control of their dogs. It was a good day on the beach.

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52 raptorousduo@gmail.com 04/01/2022

Breezy day with 5 people and 1 dog on beach. Vehicle tracks cover beach area. Several marine floats bob in surf zone. Pair of western snowy plovers (1 male, 1 female) rest together on upper beach.

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264 QuanB 03/31/2022

Wonderful, beach was clean, and hardly any people.  Just a flock of Jonathan Livingston Seagulls. Tangy, salt scent in air and nice cloud formations with sun going down.

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255 bballentine 03/31/2022

Beach is much narrower than in most recent visits. Could not walk far on beach because waves were reaching up to the rip rap in front of a group of houses at South end of mile. Portion we were able to walk on was clean, no man made debris. 

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326 sultanym 03/31/2022

On a sunny, afternoon walk at Gearhart Ocean Beach, I observed 8 dogs and 7 humans, walking and sitting on the beach, enjoying the mild weather. The tide was fairly high at 5ft with little exposed beach. Notable wildlife sightings included 6 Bald Eagles and 4 Common Ravens scavenging on a pinniped carcass. The Bald Eagles included individuals in various stages of development, identifiable by distinct plumage characteristics. At one point, 5 Bald Eagles were perched in proximity to each other on a log above the high tide line. A large group of approximately 300 Sanderlings were foraging in the surf, associating with 2 Dunlin. In addition, along the high tide wrack line, I observed a dead albatross. 

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