Bastendorf Beach

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Seasons

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Fall

Location

From Charleston, take the Cape Arago Hwy (540)  South for 1.5 miles and look for the turnoff to Bastendorf Beach. As you come to the beach, a creek empties into the ocean.  Keep following the road, and take a left towards the south jetty. The south jetty is not a good jetty to walk out on as it is very uneven, slippery, and subject to large waves.

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Habitat and Birds

The pastures on the east side of the road can yield sparrows and Black Phoebe. Where the creek empties in the ocean can have large gull and shorebird flocks. Scanning the harbor is an excellent place to view waterfowl, loon, and grebes. A female King Eider was found here in spring. A Curlew Sandpiper was found here on a Christmas Bird Count.

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