Mile 334 Report

October 11, 2010
by croegner

Columbia Beach, Warrenton, Camp Rilea MR
Monday 9:30 AM
70° F
Humans / Pets:
Driftwood removal
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:
Wood cutting within a tide.
Notable Wildlife:
A pair of Ravens
Dead Birds:
7 murres, 6 recently dead and being scavenged. The other was skeletal. 1 puffin? very decayed.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Kelp or Algae·Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
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 covered with large bubbles. A diatom bloom! The strand in the intertidal zone was likewise coated with algae. Curiously, the bloom appeared patchy along the beach, with the algae concentrated in 100-300 m sections interspaced by seemingly algae-free areas (judging by color of the breakers). I’ve learned from ODFW that it was a bloom of Asterionellopsis sociallis, non-toxic and good clam food. The debris in the strand line was relatively litter-free save for a few plastic bottles. It was composed of large wood, Nereocystis stipes, and a lot of eelgrass (Zostera marina). It was odd to see so much estuarine eelgrass on the beach as the Columbia estuary is not thought to highly productive. Likely exported from Willapa or elsewhere. We came across six recently killed common murres, four of which had had their breast meat consumed. A pair of ravens we spied may have been doing the scavenging. Flying overhead were ~15 geese and a few gulls.
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December 12, 2009 - croegner
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November 27, 2009 - croegner
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November 29, 2007 - Simonetal
Cold day on beach with no people and only sanderings present. Bald eagle on post in parking lot.
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March 3, 2007 - Simonetal
Normal day at beach. Found 1 dead rhino auklet and 1 dead gull.