Mile 333 Report

March 7, 2010
by jmfink

Columbia Beach, Camp Rilea MR
Sunday 11:30 AM
50° F
Calm/Light from the SW
Humans / Pets:
Walking / Running:
Apparent Violations:
Shorebirds moving in response to humans/dogs
Cars/Trucks parking:
Cars/Trucks on beach, allowed:
Activity Comments:
We were the only ones on our mile. A little to the south there were 5 or 6 people digging clams in the surf.
Notable Wildlife:
There were very few birds. We observed 3 gulls, several small flocks of sanderlings (less than 50 total) and 1 bald eagle.
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Animal casings (e.g. crab, shrimp molt)·Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.)·Plastic pellets·Shells·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
We were the only ones walking on the beach today although there were several vehicles driving. There was some clam digging going on farther south of mile 333. There was quite a bit of driftwood along with the usual amount of plastic bits, nylon rope, and some glass and plastic litter. We saw no dead birds or other animals. There were fewer than normal shorebirds and one bald eagle flying overhead. The dune is slightly eroded by waves at the northern part of the mile.It is more eroded as you approach the Peter Iredale access.
  • Driftwood and dune of mile 333
    Driftwood and dune of mile 333
    north end of mile 333
    March 7, 2010
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