Mile 22 Report

January 28, 2012
by Muriah

Pistol River SP central
Saturday 2:30 PM
Humans / Pets:
Cars/Trucks parking:
Activity Comments:
Lots of footprints of day use, showed interest in the two-story driftwood condos that have been there for ten years and now are half washed away since the river mouth moved along side of Henry Rock and north of it to Windsurfers rock where people gather to watch the annual "Pistol River Wave Bash."
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Bird apparently died because of fish that it was unable to either swallow or eject. Fish appears to me to be a rockrish of about ten inches with spiny fins that might have caught in inside the bill.
Fish & Invertebrates:
Wood pieces
New Development:
Natural Changes:
Erosion of vegetated foredune
Decade-old 2-story Driftwood Condo half gone, due to mouth of Pistol River moving all the way past Henry Rock, north to Windsurfer Rock, the furthest north that anybody can recall.
This "hotspot" for international windsurfing competition in the summertime,the Pistol River Wave Bash is nearly abandoned now and there was no one else to see the sunset from there tonight ... except Snazzy dog. There were plenty of footprints, showing and interest in the decade old two-story driftwood condo that is half gone from Pistol River mouth moving northward, cutting away all of the beach from the west side of Henry Rock and traveling as far north as Windsurfer Rock where the judges and spectators gather to watch the competition, further north than it has been in the lifetime of local residents, it is said. I have seen a photo in an old photobook showing Pistol River mouth coming around the north end of Henry Rock from the east side, but it didn't go as far north as it has lately.It is prevented from returning to that course by a buildup of dunes, secured by sandgrass, against the north end of "The Rock."Right now the appearance is of major change, but by the next windsurfing competition, it may look fairly normalized. Right now there is a sheer cliff of sand where the river cut away and invited in the ocean.A great amount of driftwood has been deposited to the north of Windsurfer Rock, probably mostly from the first batch brought in by the storm just after Thanksgiving, and by the second one just before New Years and the last one that climaxed on Wednesday, January 18, with more than 8", and by the time it stopped had dumped more than 18" here.The driftline today had only woody matter.The motivation for filing this report is something that I had never seen or heard of before, a bird apparently died because it could neither swallow nor eject the spiny rockfish that it had caught.See the posted photo and remark on it, please.Thanks.Mureen
  • Bird apparently died not able to swallow the spiny rockfish it caught, nor to eject it.
    Bird apparently died not able to swallow the spiny rockfish it caught, nor to eject it.
    Mouth of Pistol River, next to cliff of Henry Rock
    January 28, 2012
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  • Looking from remains of decade old Driftwood Condos north to Windsurfer Rock and Cape Sebastian.
    Looking from remains of decade old Driftwood Condos north to Windsurfer Rock and Cape Sebastian.
    Just north of Henry Rock at mouth of Pistol River
    January 28, 2012
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