May 6 with Nancy, Chinese Lanterns and the question: "Is someone nude?"
May 6th: This was not the greatest of mornings, in more ways than one. For starters, I found a very sick shorebird on the north end. He didn't fly away as I approached, and on my way south, I noticed he was still in the exact same spot. I got off the 4-wheeler and approached the little bird. He tried to fly, but was too weak to make much progress. Without much effort, I was able to lift him from the sand. Tucking him under my arm, I headed toward Mallard St., where I park the trailer. I have a box in the vehicle for just this type of situation. Making sure the vehicle was well ventilated, I left the bird there to rest while I monitored the south end of the island.
The beach was totally trashed!! I was completely distressed at the amount of litter left behind on the shoreline and at the over flowing trash cans all along the strand. Even if visitors wanted to discard their trash in the cans, it would not have been possible. It was completely overwhelming and horrible! I collected four bags of random trash including four balloons, and one beach chair.
At the Oceanic, I found numerous Chinese Lanterns, all left behind in the sand. A cardboard box holding the extra bags and lots of candles was left sitting on the beach grass nearby. Our new friend Roger was on the beach and once again helped me to clean up this awful mess. All of the debris was placed in the trash cans. Roger also handed me the keys I had found along with the pair of pants yesterday. Oh boy!
Chinese Lanterns littered on the beach.
Next to the Oceanic, I also found a canopy frame (I like to call them skeletons). According to the WB ordinance, these items should not be left on the beach overnight. The discovery was called into the NH Co. dispatch center so that the item could be tagged and removed ASAP.
On my way off the beach, I found a hat, wallet, and another set of keys on a bench at Access #11. Geez!! The PD is closed on Sunday, but I called NH Co. Dispatch and made arrangements to meet an officer at the door of the building so I could hand over both sets of keys and other items. This gave me a chance to ask the officer if anyone had been found wandering around nude and drunk on Friday night or Saturday morning. He just looked at me like I was nuts and shook his head no! Haha!
I took the small gull to Amelia Mason (the bird rehabber) for care. She said she thought he was perhaps an immature gull. Hopefully he is hanging in there!