Mile 334 Report

February 21, 2019
by Merce and Michael

Columbia Beach, Warrenton, Camp Rilea MR
Thursday 10:45 AM
43° F
Tide Level:
5.8 ft
Humans / Pets:
Cars/Trucks parking:
ATVs/OHVs parking:
RVs/Buses parking:
RVs/Buses parking: 0
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed:
Cars/Trucks on beach, prohibited:
ATVs/OHVs on beach, prohibited:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Swarm after swarm of Dunlin & Sanderlings kept whizzing past us, always from north to south. In all... conservatively there were >1,500 Dunlin & >800 Sanderlings. Most amazing.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune

Another bright clear day on the northern Oregon coast. Swarm after swarm of Dunlin & Sanderlings kept whizzing past us, always from north to south. In all... conservatively there were >1,500 Dunlin & >800 Sanderlings. Most amazing.

A pack of coyotes was caterwauling off in the distance by the 2 chunky concrete barricades on the way in. Or maybe, knowing how coyotes are, two of them were simply in concert, I'm not sure. 5 female Western Bluebirds greeted us from the Camp Rilea fence on the way in but were gone when we returned.


  • A single Dunlin. Though I like the photo with its reflection, this bird is most likely injured. Dunlin are almost always found in big flocks. This one didn't fly up to join any of the passing swarms.
    February 21, 2019
  • The same Dunlin.
    February 21, 2019
  • Lion's Mane Jelly with wave foam. Their tentacles can reach 30' in length, but this one's more complete than most we find on the beach.
    February 21, 2019
Other Mile 334 Reports (13)


November 7, 2018 - Merce and Michael
We found a flock of 1,150-1,300 Dunlin. Otherwise we had the mile essentially to ourselves on a great sunny afternoon.
August 6, 2018 - Merce and Michael
One dead adult Ochre Sea Star was found, with no evidence of wasting. Otherwise the mile was enjoyable but thoroughly uneventful.


October 5, 2012 - croegner
Beautiful autumn day with a warm east wind. Not many people about, but a fair number of sanderlings scurrying along the swash zone or standing about in small groups. Pelicans floated by scarce...


November 25, 2011 - croegner
Took a late afternoon hike on mile from 335 to 334. Not much wildlife about. Humans were concentrated near Iredale, as usual. Strand was moderately covered with non-weathered wood, probably recently...
January 22, 2011 - croegner
A pleasant but relatively unremarkable walk. the strand was variable in composition but fairly thin, with a smattering of refuse. Mostly plastic bottles, as usual, and some patches of confetti-sized...


October 11, 2010 - croegner
A splendid autumn morning near low tide. We immediately noted that sections of the surf inner zone were a deep chocolate brown, and on closer inspection saw the surface of the discolored water was...
February 7, 2010 - croegner
A sunny and mild neap tide, near low water. Light SW wind, waves 0.5-1.0 m. There were a few parked cars on the beach and a couple of clammers in swash zone; 4 dogs. The density of the strand line...
January 19, 2010 - croegner
Hit the beach at high water and large surf. There was an extensive breaker zone, with the SE wind blowing the wave tops into spray. The waves were actively eroding the foredune, which in places had...


December 12, 2009 - croegner
Conditions at the beach were sunny and calm during a falling neap tide, and it was surprisingly warm during this intense cold spell we’ve been experiencing. Set out north to look for stranded...
November 27, 2009 - croegner
Set out around midday and low tide. Mostly cloudy with a stiff and steady NW wind; 1-2 m waves on beach. Wide strand line with wood debris ranging from twigs to logs and root wads (some with stones...


November 29, 2007 - Simonetal
Cold day on beach with no people and only sanderings present. Bald eagle on post in parking lot.
May 5, 2007 - Simonetal
Unable to access beach, except by 4wd. DeLaura Beach Lane and attempt from Coffinbury Lake at Fort Stevens State Park were unsuccessful due to extreme water across roads and trails.
March 3, 2007 - Simonetal
Normal day at beach. Found 1 dead rhino auklet and 1 dead gull.