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212 PhilBSB 08/11/2018

Warm, calm morning with a few people out enjoying the super low tides.  A number of ancient trees are currently exposed that I have not seen in the past 25 years.  Lots of sand has bee moving around over the past month.  Lots of dead crabs on the beach.  They appear large and mostly intact.  Both males and females.  Also, a large number of clear organisms that appear to be Pyrosomes but seem smoother than the pictures I've seen.  Could be something else?   

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191 LyndaC 08/07/2018

A cool, windy day at the coast being enjoyed by a very large number of visitors.  Low tide was 2.7 ft at 4pm approximately so high on beach and rocks at Cape Cove.  Parking lots full in the afternoon.   Most visitors walking on the rocks between Cooks Chasm and Cape Cove.

5 adult Ochre sea stars found at Cape Cove beach

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334 Merce and Michael 08/06/2018

One dead adult Ochre Sea Star was found, with no evidence of wasting. Otherwise the mile was enjoyable but thoroughly uneventful.

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238 Cathy238 08/05/2018

Beach was completely deserted in mile 238. More people in mile 239.

Also, no dogs or other pets. Few birds and a few seals playing in the ocean.

Natural berm throughout most of the mile which has been there awhile. Looks like waves aren't washing over it at this time of year.

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99 tbowspencer 08/04/2018

Noted a few natural topographic changes to mile 99 since last month, with moving sand dunes and rerouting creeks. Otherwise no concerns with the people, dogs, or wildlife.

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193 SKMacK 08/02/2018

It was a cloudy/foggy morning with a misty drizzle that later cleared. Few people were out that early, although the previous afternoon there were 4 surfers, many cars in the parking areas and many people and dogs on the beach. Most of the erosion remains on Oceanview Drive, north of the Yachats river beginning at the overlook at the State Park. Yachats Ocean Road seems to have been paved since last report. I did not appreciate any significant change in the amount of erosion north or south of the river. 4 young people were climbing down the riprap from the parking turnout at the north end of mile 193 at 7th street to reach the beach, rather than using the designated 804 path further north. 

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210 mrkopplin 08/02/2018

Human activities  - 2 walkers observed

Wildlife - Observed 1 live Pigeon Guillemot (flying from bluff to water); small groups of Western Gulls; a few American Crows. One dead Rhinoceros Auklet.

Physical Changes - Eroding bluffs. Will monitor over time.

 

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339 edjoyce 08/01/2018

All was quiet - nothing to report.

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208 Batthecat 08/01/2018

Ona beach is now buried in sand - come winter this will be pulled off again.  People impact of defacing cliff and driving on the beach is disheartening.  Would that we could afford signage to encourage respect and inform about people impact.  This seems to only be a concern with the summer visitors. Considerable cliff erosion noted.

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308 John Markham 07/31/2018

Several western gulls standing on beach. Flocks of brown pelicans flying over.

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286 beverly.stein 07/29/2018

Very foggy day.  Many more people on the beach than usual probably because it is Sunday in July and Portland is very hot today.  A number of groups camping in the dunes (but no sanitary facilities are available) and evidence of horses on the beach and footprints coming from the spit to the beach. Very little trash on the beach. 

 

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199 bahngarten 07/29/2018

Calm foggy morning. 1 person clamming in surf. Notable was 1 black winged carcass, probable cormorant sp. 30 sandpiper sp. flew N overhead. Some Dungeness crab molt (4-5" carapace), many mole crab parts along drift line. Footprints along beach indicate heavy summer usage. Clean beach. Beachside campground full.

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254 Neskowin254 07/26/2018 DISPATCH

Unusual dead sea life spotted. Dead manta ray at about the junction of miles 253 and mile 254. Dead sea lion or seal (not sure which) at about the junction of mile 254 and mile 255. See attached photos.

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34 lordfamily 07/26/2018

Path through old forest S of Winston property is being maintained; recent bramble clipping evident. Some human footprints in the sand around the bottom of the Giesel Monument beach access (that was the only sign of humans using the area on our whole walk). New stairway to the beach here. No other human prints on the sand all the way to Hubbard. Some sea otter tracks, some cormorants & oyster catchers, 2 seals in the cove below Hubbard. Masses of snails, lots of different anemones, lots of small China hat (conical) snails in Hubbard cove (we used to see these years ago all along these beaches, then stopped seeing them, so this was exciting). Good number of starfish, both purple & orange.

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197 mudslide 07/21/2018

A gloriously sunny albeit windy day on mile 197, with many people and families enjoying the beach. I saw nothing outstandingly unusual or concerning. I was filling in for a friend (Mudslide) who usually watches this mile. I will continue to monitor until she's able to get back to enjoy it herself!

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99 tbowspencer 07/19/2018

Stellar Sea Lion deceased.

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327 Simonetal 07/18/2018

Lovely day at the beach with many others enjoying recreation.

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311 Ostj 07/18/2018

I walked at low tide and this was a very low tide. The beach was quite large. Not much activity except for close to Tolovana and the tidepools. I took many photos to upload. There were two artlike sculptures at the end of the mile. (Photo attached.)

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336 ParkroseUCC 07/18/2018

Pictures of barnacle covered pallet and suspected crab molt- exuvia 

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227 Jaymi Heimbuch 07/18/2018

While there was plenty of activity by visiting tourists sightseeing at the viewpoints, there was little else to report. One house in the neighborhood is being remodeled/rennovated, which may or may not have an impact on the birds utilizing the nearby seastacks. No new errosion of any cliffside was noticed. All cars were using pull-outs. Didn't see much bird activity and no marine mammal activity on the rocks below, even though it was low tide. 

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171 oldMGguy 07/16/2018

"A murder on the beach and a mystery solved" ...

Observed several dozen Whimbrels with their long down-curved bills feeding in the wave out-wash all along Mile 171, along with large groups of impossible-to-ID juvenile gulls.  The seasonal transverse sand dunes are beginning to form near the Driftwood Shores Resort complex.  Scattered bits and pieces of Moon and Sea Nettle jellies along the high water line.

For some time, I've wondered about the large numbers of dead Mole crabs recently littering the high water line along Mile 171.  On closer examination of both dead ones and a live example, I found that most of the dead remains are missing the forward section of the underside soft tissues (head and thorax).  The mystery has been solved!  Tonight I observed a gaggle of crows walking the wet sand, clearly eyeing the surface carefully.  On occasion, a crow would thrust its bill deep into the sand, and after a bit of tugging, pull out a live mole crab.  Holding the crab upside down with a foot, the crow then stabbed the underside repeatedly, pulling off and consuming the crab's head and upper body, leaving the rear section with its legs on the beach.  If you toss the now-headless crab into moving water, it will quickly re-bury itself back into the sand.  Interesting nervous system!

The "murder" part?  A group of crows is called a "murder" ...

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253 neskowinwatcher 07/16/2018

Approximately 50 people were on the beach with 10 dogs, most on leashes,  Perhaps 5 dogs running loose but all within close proximity to their owners.  No dogs were chasing any wildlife.   Several people were observing marine life on the Ghost forest stumps incuding many healthy looking Sea Stars.

One Bald Eagle flew south and several crows were in the trees.   The driftline was normal  with the minimal  human caused trash.  

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201 kalninsp 07/15/2018

Nice sunny day. Ive never seen so much of the beach. The tide was so low we could walk out for 1/2 a mile or so where it is usually under water. Small plane flying over head, a few driftwood forts nothing that looked new. The outfall from the drainages are very discolored and appear to have growth in them. Pics attached we were impressed there was not very much trash on the beaches. There didn't appear to be any new erosion.

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239 ORbeach 07/14/2018

Sunny, breezy July day.  More people than usual on the beach, but of course it's the middle of summer.  Harbor seal population at the end of the spit seemed larger than usual, with several juveniles.  There were many more seagulls than usual on this stretch of beach.  The wrack line - instead of consisting of kelp and invertebrate shells as is common - was mainly sea grass, peppered with sticks and twigs.  There were quite a few squid egg cases along the tide line as well as a few squid pens (thanks to Dr. Stewart Shultz for explaining what these were in his recent talk).  We encountered several dead squid on the sand at the edge of Siletz Bay while walking back to the parking lot.  Minimal amount of trash, which was surprising since this was soon after the 4th of July.

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153 bebdhm 07/14/2018

Very foggy start to the walk, by the time we left the beach it was clear at 10:49am.   We could see much more of the ocean floor than ever before with large wave formed pot holes along about 100 feet in middle of mile.  Only one flock of Sanderlings at the south end of our mile with about 5 seagulls.  Several live animals - long worm, a bug that we did not recognize one about ever 2 feet along our mile, sand fleas, large jellyfish, many unknown young, in the tidepools of the potholes.  Very active and burrowing constantly.

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295 Nedonnaman 07/14/2018

Very nice summer morning ... typical mid-summer beach

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189 [email protected] 07/14/2018

I covered the middle and southern portions of the of the mile, starting about 6:15 am. The morning tide was quite low, -2.0', but the surf was 7'-9' so beach access was out of the question along the southern rocky portion. I didn't see any other people on the southern rocks but by the time I returned to the beach between Cummins Creel and Gwynn Creek around 9 am, there were a few people on the beach.

I encountered river otter tracks on the beach. They were exploring, apparently, the isolated rocks jutting out of the sand between Cummins and Gwynn Creeks. I also thought it was interesting to find a little right-eyed flounder, only about an inch long, cast up on the beach, and I also came across a lone dead Pacific sardine. I don't see those too often in the drift line. 

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188 Joel Keller 07/14/2018

We decided to explore this stretch of beach due to the significant minus tide on July 14th.  Many others apparently had the same idea.  Most people were taking advantage of the conditions to check out the tide-pools and hunt for rocks/agates but there was one sizeable group from OSU which was conducting "hundreds of studies" including monitoring the algae and oxygen level of the ocean as well as "relocating sea stars."  The usual harbor seals were not seen until the tide was coming in (around noon) but what was perhaps strangest about this trip were the hundreds of small green crabs noted on the north end of Strawberry Hill Beach.  Otherwise, there were, as usual, scores of anemones, mussels, birds (including one osprey), and sea stars (I'd heard that the condition of the sea stars was "not good" but I have no experience as to evaluating the health of these creatures).

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199 seagazer 07/13/2018 DISPATCH

The primary reason for this inspection is to see and record with photos of the completed beach bank armoring project first observed and chronicled in my report and dispatch filed in January of this year.

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262 Linda Fink 07/13/2018

Most people were on the north side of the dune, not in my mile. Two hang gliders and 3 vehicles with helpers/onlookers with them. A few people walking the beach, two with dogs. A couple kids playing in the waves. Very wide beach on this minus tide with a wrack line very high, way up the dune. High tide had been just after midnight at 9', low tide just before 9 a.m. at -1 so a 10 ft difference that really leveled out the beach. Some fog early that cleared.

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189 [email protected] 07/13/2018

I covered the northern portion of the mile, departing the north parking lot at Gwynn Creek at 6 am. Except for a small bit of beach access just south of Gwynn Creek this portion is up on Captain Cook's Reef. I didn't see any people along this stretch but upon my return at 10 am there were nine cars in the parking lot and I could hear people enjoying the beach below.

I got an earIy morning treat when I saw two river otters exploring crevices in the rocky bench just south of Gwynn Creek. They were playing with a small silvery fish. There were treefrog polliwogs in most all of the pools formed by seeps at the base of the cliff on the upper fringes of Cook's reef. It seemed so odd to see them swimming around the mussel shells and crab molts. A pair of kildeer appeared to have a nest in the sea shell litter at the base of the cliff near the north end of the mile. 

 

 

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256 Katharine Harding 07/08/2018

Though overcast many people were enjoying their beach time including a lady from TX.  I will keep an eye on the wooden pallet covered with barnacles and mussels—it's too heavy for me to lug off the beach alone.

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245 TerryH 07/08/2018 DISPATCH

A couple new signs at the 73rd St beach access.  One regards public restrooms and the other fireworks.  Despite increased proactive measures taken by the LCPD and North Lincoln Fire and Rescue, there were a lot of fireworks set off on Roads End beach July 4th, overwhelming law enforcement once again.

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14 artist 07/08/2018

The only unusual siting today was a bird carcass on the dunes. I assume it's a raven. I also removed a large beer bottle that was left alongside the trail, but it was in an area near the highway. Other areas of the trail were trash-free.

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220 Hillsideshack 07/07/2018 DISPATCH

WOOD CHIPS!!!! Soooooo many of them all along the entire stretch of Mile 220. They are in the surf line and high wrack. Also a fresh Common Murre was being eaten by a Turkey Vulture. Lots of people and dogs.

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299 cpendergrass 07/05/2018

Crowded on the beach on the day after the 4th of July...255 people and 16 dogs. Golfing and a softball game in addition to the more usual digging of holes, building sand castles and cycling. Mild weather and calm ocean with minimal algae and kelp in the driftline. 

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220 Hillsideshack 07/04/2018 DISPATCH

Lots of washed up jellyfish: counted over 30. Also a seal (alive) on the beach near southern end of the beach. Two dead seabirds (one COASST tagged), appearred to be LIGU's. 

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248 [email protected] 07/04/2018

Immature bald eagle at Cascade Head.

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37 iggydog 07/03/2018

Beach fairly clean - lots of beautiful at the shoreline.  Thirteen sea stars near the cave - fewer than five years ago, but more than last year.  Pelicans flying - seven!  Again, more than last year, but many fewer than five years ago.

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161 dpavlis 07/03/2018

It was a beautiful morning on Siltcoos Beach. No noticeable changes since our report in February except for the appearance of roped off plover nesting areas...a large area to the south of the access point and a smaller area to the north. It was 54 degrees when we arrived at 8:15 AM at low tide with a light breeze coming from the NW. The beach was very clean with no observable plastic pellet debris (unlike last Feb. when we saw a lot of that). We did not walk all the way to the mouth of the river (south) because there were adult plovers feeding at the wrack line and we did not want to disturb them (especially since that area is normally busy with visitors, making it more difficult for them). The beach was empty when we arrived; when we left (10:00 AM), there were several people on the beach and some ATVs and a truck within the allowed riding area. Most walkers were staying on the wet sand near plover areas as requested by signage at the entrance. One person did appear to be east of the wet sand out on the spit, but we could not see well enough to know for sure if they were off wet sand or in the plover fenced area since the river does cause a bend there. One dog was on the beach off-leash near the plover areas, unfortunately. At first, the dog was north in the dog-restricted area; by the time we had gotten back to the access point, he had moved north of the access point in the dog-allowed area, but the dog was near a roped off area (north of the access point) where a pair of plovers have attempted to nest, but where they have been unsuccessful so far (per the plover educator we spoke to there) due to human/dog disturbance in that area. Dogs are allowed in that area (per signage).

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280 angelaarena 07/02/2018

8 people on the beach.  Large piece of driftwood smoldering from a fire that had not been properly extinguished. Monday morning observing the remnants of human activity over the weekend. Besides the smoldering driftwood, there was some litter (water bottle, Styrofoam cup, paper), and a couple of new driftwood forts. Noticed that a lot of sand has been scoured out. There is a long sand shelf and several rock beds visible. 

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155 ploverlover 07/01/2018

I first adopted this mile in 1995. I left Oregon and discontinued my watch in 2007.  I've returned to Oregon and have just re-adopted this very same mile.

I hiked in on the Tahkenitch Creek trail.  The first thing I noticed is the extensive roping off for the plover along the last 1/3 mile trail TO the beach.  Once on the beach, the roping is now on both sides of the creek.

 I see is that there is a lot more habitat for the endangered snowy plover to nest;all planned and good.  Around 1997, ODNRA bulldozed and used herbicides to rid the invasive European beach grass to create designated habitat for the plover.  It's been improving since then.  Also, the signage is much more direct and extensive, warning hikers to walk only on the wet sand, etc.

Because of very low tide and need to stay on wet sand, I was maybe 75 yards from roping, making it impossible to spot any plovers.  

I can't make any comment on the changes from last time, but I'll look for them when I return in the fall.

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99 tbowspencer 07/01/2018

My first CoastWatch-based walk on mile 99, which is between 2 creeks, and includes numerous large rock formations on the beach and a public picnic area. I collected 2 containers (approx. 2 gallon capacity each) of inorganic beach debris along the east/bluff side of the beach. The debris was primarily plastic pieces over 2 inches square, and glass and trash from beach campfires. There were no concerns identified with the wildlife or people enjoying the beach on a lovely day. 

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198 bahngarten 07/01/2018

Cloudy 61' , light breeze from NW, 15 people, 5 dogs walking or running along beach. 5 cars parked in parking lot, beachside campground full for holiday weekend. Few gulls and crows present along tideline, many 1-2inch clear jellyfish and Dungeness crab casings along tideline. Clean beach.

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129 mzlizee 07/01/2018
  • Human Activity:  Higher than usual numbers of people. 1 equestrian.
  • Shoreline Wildlife:  1 dead Harbour Porpoise;1 dead large jellyfish
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237 bksouthwick1 06/30/2018

Beautiful day. Moderate amount of trash. Found dead harbor seal approximately midway of mile well above the wrack line. The beach was littered with downy feathers. Not sure if from molting/preening but more that we had ever seen before. There was a Volkswalk event going on this day.

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221 lipberm 06/30/2018

There was nothing startling or unusual about this beachwalk except that we noted significant destruction of a staircase and its foundation below the large vacation rentals just south of Moolack Beach. In the same vein, the fancy RV park's attempts to build a path or stairs to the beach and add drainage pipes below their property have failed spectacularly. We're not certain when either of these erosional events took place. A third change has been the virtual disappearance of the 2-track beach access just north of Moolack Shores Motel. The vegetation is now crowding in on a 5-inch-wide gully at the center of the access route, difficult to navigate.

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309 spinger 06/30/2018

beginning of holiday week, lots of morning beachgoers, -0.6 tide, many Moon Jellies in driftline

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23 Bob Harvey 06/28/2018

I walked and was blown from north to south on this very windy day, and was very nearly deposited on the Dune  myself. the wind was strong enough to pick up chunks of still wet sand and blow it! Virtually no trash present except one tire. A new informational sign on petrels has been erected on a parking area on 101.   One on shore rock on the south end of the mile usually has a sand ramp on its south side in the summer but as yet does not.

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269 solosteph 06/24/2018

Overall environmentally heatlhy and clean.

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271 yakinsea 06/24/2018

The cape looked good, no pollution, or cliff erosion noted.  The wildlife seemed less common than in the past, most notably sea lions, but also no pelicans spotted and fewer cormorants than in the past. We saw one hiker, though I am sure there were many, and no other boats.  I had a new sighting for me, a pair of red-throated loons and also had a close encounter with a harbor porpoise.

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340 edjoyce 06/22/2018

Vehicles have obviously been entering an area closed for nesting birds that extends from the So. Jetty for approx. 1 miles.  I left a message for the ranger alerting him of the issue.

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339 edjoyce 06/22/2018

Everything was calm and a-ok.

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289 ollikainen 06/21/2018

I was surprised to find most of Mile 289 posted as off limits due to it being a nesting bird area.  Access is limited to the wet sand.  I pay attention to Bayocean Spit, but I did not see or hear of any public  meeting regarding this.  I would have liked to have given input.  I get the reason and support the concept, but I have a big disagreement with the details.  The sign indicates that dogs are not allowed on the mile.  But people and horses can walk the wet sand.  Our dogs has accompanied us on Coast Watch and COASST surveys for nearly 20 years.  We had no idea that the beach was restricted until we arrived.  We respected the zone and walked 150 ft or more west of the markers.  The dog was in voice control and never entered the restricted area.  But we were still violating some type of regulation in order to complete the survey and reach the jetty.  This type of over- regulation plays right into the hands of the AM talk radio crowd that whine about environmental regulations.  The Bayocean Spit loop hike is featured in multiple publications, but it would be off-limits if hikers wanted to bring the family dog.  If horses can walk in the lower areas, it seems that dogs under control should be allowed.  I could even support leashes required.  

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218 dderickson 06/21/2018

A lot of people on the beach this evening -- hard to keep count! Along the tide line were large numbers of small dead mole crabs, and one pyrosome (that I saw), plus scattered beached/bleached Velella velella among the sparse drift. An unusual fine (to me) were whelk egg cases (see photo). Dunes are building up. The water level in the creek seems low: some spots just 10'-12' wide, and no deeper than just above the ankle. The "resident"(?) great blue heron made an appearance, as usual. Mostly cloudy, but the clouds did break up toward the end of my time on the beach.

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309 cadonofrio 06/21/2018

Notable large rocks and a log at the driftline (Southern part of mile); clean drfitline at the North end; very few shorebirds.

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338 Randy and Beth 06/21/2018

My friend from Japan, Taeko, and I enjoyed a summer solstice walk on our beach mile this morning. We saw people surfing, walking and biking the mile. Driftline had crab, clam and mussel shells, sand shrimp shell, various seaweeds in small amounts, a purple sea star. The hopeful surfers were gone on our return walk, probably disappointed in the mildness of the ocean waves. Three vulturess were flying overhead and then gathered on the beach, but we didn't see any sign of what they had been eating. Other birds noted were a flock of geese flying overhead, a few gulls and terns. A very clean beach with hardly any driftwood.

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331 alkarbeck 06/20/2018

The beach was very active with people clamming, walking, tossing a football,visiting with oddly enough a game of croquet on the beach.

There was practically NO trash or litter on this mile today. Let's hope this continues!

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226 gsmeyer 06/20/2018

Tourist season is in full swing on the Oregon Coast! The Lookout parking lot was full, the gift shop was crowded, observation sites were busy, most people were seeing the two whales right below, and enthusiasm reigned. The wildlife was more abundant than usual, with lots of gulls and cormorants being present. And, let's not forget the whales. Physical changes to the shoreline appeared non-existent. The shoreline is based on basalt which is very resistant to wave erosion. The is a large rockfall below and to the northwest of the Lookout, which has appeared unchanged for the past several years. I am photographing it each time I visit to document any changes, which would be most likely in association with winter storms.

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101 beachnut 06/19/2018 DISPATCH

A newly dead female Steller sea lion washed up just south of the 11th St. Stairs at Coquille Point. No injuries were apparent, apart from pecked-out eyes. Photos were sent to Jim Rice, and the Bilderbacks later examined the creature.

Also in the same mile was a live seal pup, close to Elephant Rock. Diane B. said it had moved on when she went to post a sign.

 

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240 midnite5484 06/18/2018

2- horseback riding on beach with a third horse, North of Siletz River and one bike rider on the south spit of the Siletz, who luckily did not disturb the seals who are usually seen sunbathing there on nice days.Most rock hunters are looking for agates using long sticks with kitchen tools for screening and easy pick up of rocks.

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111 TRBishop 06/17/2018

A beautiul late spring day, with several families treating dad to a great Fathers Day trip to the beach...

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102 beachnut 06/17/2018 DISPATCH

The bloated Steller sea lion just south of Bandon's South Jetty is gone, presumably taken by the tides. There were no signs of heavy equipment in the sand where it had rested..

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112 rheadohner 06/16/2018

Major loss of sand btween 3 mile and 5 mile creeks. No logs and stumps, large bunches of kelp. Only two sea stars and no anemones or rocks and tidepools.

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112 Anonymous 06/16/2018

Major loss of sand btween 3 mile and 5 mile creeks. No logs and stumps, large bunches of kelp. Only two sea stars and no anemones or rocks and tidepools.

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225 driscolke 06/16/2018

This year there is increased use >350-500 visitors in one day. One must wonder the recoupertive tide effect with this increased use.

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221 KathyLJ 06/15/2018

No notable changes to the beach or cliffs since my last report. Minimal trash and no large pieces of debris although Parks staff had been there on an ATV a couple days earlier so they would have picked up any larger pieces. The beach was flat and sandy with only a minimal amount of the underlying rocks exposed. Large group of gulls, including many juveniles, as I headed south.  On the return trip, the gulls were gone and another group of birds were on driftline. Surprised that there were only 2 other people on the beach on such a beautiful day. There were half a dozen or so people walking & playing around on the beach just north of Moolack Creek on mile 222.

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219 YHONA 06/15/2018

We discovered a black oystercatcher nest at the far east side of our beach along the cliff side. Once chick has since hatched.

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187 [email protected] 06/15/2018

A beautiful day with a very low tide. There were certainly more photographers out this day than on other occasions. Upon returning to the parking lot from my walk the lot was at max capacity for cars. 

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154 oldMGguy 06/13/2018

Hiked the Three Mile Lake - ocean beach - Tahkenitch Dune Loop Trail (6 miles) today.  The beach portion of the loop covers Mile 154 and the south half of Mile 155.  Met only two other hikers all day and had the entire ocean beach all to myself!  Very clean beach trash-wise.  Major portions of the upper dry sand beach have been roped off by the Forest Service for snowy plover restoration.  Observed several osprey and a bald eagel fishing in the surf.  A single sea lion was just off-shore heading south.  Remains (casts) of Vella vellela were along the entire beach, mixed in with lots of dead mole crabs - which I have not observed on this beach before.  The Forest Service has relocated the west 1/3 mile of the Tahkenitch Dune/Beach trail several hundred feet further inland from the Tahkenitch Creek estuary due to high water damage on the old trail.  Nice trail!

The Forest Service has aggressively roped off any hiker access to the Tahkenitch estuary sands at the west end of the Tahkenitch Dune/Beach trail, forcing hikers to use the rather steep but do-able drop-off down to/up from the beach (photo).  Fortunately, the access didn't get washed away by winter storms/high tides like last year.

To make my stroll on the beach an absolutely perfect day, a formation of WWII heavy bombers - a Boeing B-17 and a B-24 - flew up the beach apparently heading to an airshow somewhere up north.  What a glorious sound for this old Navy pilot!

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254 Neskowin254 06/13/2018

Nothing unusual to report.

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211 Chad101 06/12/2018

Three of the four drainpipes have been either removed or cut down.  Erosion continues in the cliffs, including at least 3 areas with sizable boulders broken off and fallen onto the beach.  The level of the beach has risen by at least a foot, since the rocks near the water are protruding less high above the sand.  There are a few areas of standing water again at the foot of the embankment.  But Mile 211 remains one of the more unspoiled beaches I have seen on the Central Coast, and when the sun is out, as today, it is very appealing.  Most of the people use the beach immediately in front of the Lost Creek parking lot or in front of Holiday Beach.  In between, there are very few people.

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102 beachnut 06/12/2018 DISPATCH

A massive Steller sea lion washed up on the night high tide several yards from the South Jetty.  It was a male and quite dead. It showed no obvious injuries, but it was beginning to stink. Barnacle-like critters were scattered on its back. Stranding report and photos have been filed with Jim Rice.1

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245 lvoelker 06/09/2018

Beautiful morning before the squalls blew in from the southwest.  Wide beach with lots of sand depostited.  Pristine; no litter in the wrack line. Sign erected on the beach (Private Property) about 20 feet from cliff, about 300 yards north of the last beach house towards the knoll.

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244 Victoria 06/08/2018

World ocean day. Peaceful. The main concern is the plastic trash. Plastic kids beach toys are a common litter here.

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181 lectricriderone 06/06/2018

Mile 181 has a few new additions this visit.  A beached black and white whale about 20' long appeared at the south end of the mile.  It had a filter mouth.  No signs of obvious injury.  Also many dungenous crab shells on the beach. Many tiny sand crab shells too.   As usual there was very little garbage to collect.  The waves were large.  I saw a few sneaker waves come up to the dry sand during a relatively low tide.  No sand dunes so far.   Blowout creek had only about 1" of water as it flowed to the sea.  

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245 TerryH 06/06/2018

 A couple new signs on the northern end of Roads End beach, both indicating private property and where the public restrooms are located.  Park Ranger Ryan Parker installed the signs.   The drift line contained a lot of jelly pieces.  Update:  The 2 private property signs were removed, by the Park Service, on Friday, June 15th.  

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185 Lfleming 06/06/2018

A quiet day, without many birds, not even gulls, flying.  Not much wind but a big surf so there were no Surf Scoters out in the water.  There were some gulls at the mouth of Tenmile Creek but as we drove up the coast we saw a feeding frenzy out in the water, gulls diving and flying all in a small area.  There were a lot of dead crabs in the driftline, some very big ones totally intact and uneaten.  A lot of small ones as well.  The beach was very rocky and hard to walk on, except for the first sandy part.  The summer sand hasn't started coming in yet.   Most of the people tend to stay in the first sandy area.   The rock hunters go farther north to the cobble section.

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213 PaulJulia 06/05/2018

A very pleasant day with sun and light wind.  Not many people out.  there were 2 helicopters, one being Coast Guard.  No bird activity except for the 4 vultures at the 5' dead seal.  Litter not bad.  Can't submit photo of large house above Henderson Creek which seems to be added onto as well as new roof -- the photo is too large.

 

 

 

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297 NehalemBay 06/05/2018

The beach is now long, flat and very clean.  The driftline had nothing in it, although the previous high tide line showed more mole crab carcasses than usual.  The large amount of wood that was thrown up in previous years has sand over much of it and has added to the formation of a new front dune.  This mile is part of the snowy plover protected zone with the improved signage this year appearing to be more effective at keeping people, dogs and horses off the upper beach.  There were only 4 people on horses on the wet sand, almost no birds, and no carcasses.  Only 2 cars and one RV were in the parking lot for the park. 

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255 bballentine 06/04/2018

Very pleasant day. Beach is wide and very clean, only picked up a few water bottles and plastic bags. No styrofoam, which was quite prevalent in the past.

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220 Hillsideshack 06/04/2018

Nice to see a few folks out enjoying this gorgeous day! 6 people and 1 dog. Lots of small rocks in the north section of 220, LOTS of sand in the southern end. Able to go through the southern end "cave" to check on the beach on the other side due to the low tide. Saw about 5 star fish. Wonderful to see all the sea birds nesting in the cliffs on the southern end of 220, they are BUSY!! The continuous slide/crash of the bluffs continues onto the beach, including vegetation from the top of the bluffs.

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198 bahngarten 06/03/2018

Light breeze from the NW, 58 degrees, cloudy morning, 22 people enjoying the beach- walking or sitting, children playing in sand, 7 dogs, 2 fishermen at edge of surf. 2 crows, 1 gull flew over. Surf line content: some bull kelp, mole crab parts and velella velella,- not fresh, pebbles, shells. Of note was 1 common murre carcass. Clean beach.

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274 rogans 06/03/2018

The driftline contained an unusual amount of  dead Velella velella in some areas.

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290 Foxglove290 06/02/2018

 Observed tire tracks not an actual vehicle.  Vehicles are NOT allowed on this section of beach

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101 beachnut 05/31/2018 DISPATCH

The dead sea lion on Mile 101 between 8th St. stairs and the passes toward Elephant Rock is gone. Sometime since yesterday morning, a piece of heavy equipment dug in the area where the sea lion lay. I couldn't tell if it had been buried in place or removed. Who and where are the questions.

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253 Neskowin254 05/30/2018 DISPATCH

A seal pup was observed by numerous individuals from about 4:15 pm to 8:15 pm in front of Lifesaver Post #7 in Neskowin (the pup was sighted earlier that morning further south). The pup appeared stranded or injured. Authorities were notified but apparently never responded. A local resident put caution tape near the pup to protect it from humans and dogs. At around 8:15 pm the mother seal was spotted in the surf and the pup returned to the ocean.

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315 JDPphotography 05/30/2018

Crescent Beach, below Ecola State Park and just north of Chapman Point/North Chapman Beach, is pristine, secluded and difficult to access. There were a total of five people on the beach - two unrelated couples and me. It was sunny and there was a moderate, chilly breeze. Most notable observations were a manmade shrine/altar made of driftwood with other found objects and a feather, as well as a crab trap washed up to the back of the shore almost against the cliff. I did not remove the crab trap. It was bulky and I wasn't sure I could manage to bring it up to the street level because of the trail climbing difficulty.

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203 Beachwalker203 05/30/2018

A very quiet day on the beach.

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182 mj6dolphin 05/29/2018

There were 8 people, two were rock hounding, there were 3 dogs being walked.

There were by the wind sailors, kelp and sand fleas in the drift line.The sand was flattened in places due to recent high winds.

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142 KerrieP 05/28/2018

Higher number of dead crabs in wrack line than usual.

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171 oldMGguy 05/28/2018

Lots of holiday visitors out on windy Heceta Beach today. Parking lots at both ends of Mile 171 were nearly full to capacity. The early summertime bloom of phyto- and zooplanktons is very apparent today, especially from an elevation off the beach. The near-shore 1/4 mile of ocean has a tan green-ish tint with a sharp transition to the normal ocean blue outside a 1/4 mile off-shore. The wet beach has multiple high wave lines of that scummy olive-drab froth of beached plankton. The high water line along the entire mile is also covered with a gazillion beached 2-3" diameter clear Moon jellies (Aurelia labiate) with an occasional Pacific Sea Nettle jelly (Chrysaora fusecescens) mixed in. And just to make the beach walk interesting, the wind and wave patterns were generating multiple "sneaker" waves that sent me and other tourists quick-stepping towards higher ground on occasion.

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286 [email protected] 05/28/2018 DISPATCH

Very clean beach, despite the holiday weekend.Some squid egg cases present. One dead sea lion.

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101 beachnut 05/28/2018 DISPATCH

A harbor seal pup stayed in the same general area below Coquille Point from May 15 to May 28, when I found it dead on the high-tide line. Initially, it moved around and even went into the ocean. But the last several days, it did not move far and was obviously weakening. Later in the morning of May 27, a friend using a spotter scope zoomed in and saw the pup was perilously thin and weak. Others heard it crying.  Early on, I notified the Bilderbacks, who consulted Eric Murtz. But nothing substantive was done to isolate the pup from people and dogs or help it until May 27. Too little, too late. Photo from cell sent to Jim W. this morning.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 05/27/2018

Today was the most people we have seen on this beach, but it is the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and it is sunny! 28 walkers, 3 runners, 8 dogs and a couple groups sitting and playing in the sand. Not much new debris washing in and the vegetation is starting to creep back out onto the sand now that the very high tides have abated. Also sand is building back up on the higher part of the beach by the bluffs.

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307 Bald Eagle 05/26/2018

Nine people were on the beach (5 walking and 4 sitting). The beach was extremely clean. No debris of any type. One picture attached. There was a bald eagle on a dead spruce tree that leans towards the ocean. There was some bank erosion on the south end of mile 307. I first observed this new erosion on May 6, 2018. The ocean washed out the rock berm in this part of the shoreline. The attached pictures show two large spruce trees on the beach that were part of an erosion event in 2006.

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242 Bluewater 05/26/2018

It was a nice sunny day even though it was fairly windy. Last report I did the rack retaining wall at the "D" River parking area had some damage to it which is possibly from whatever construction was happening in the parking lot, it looks as though they had put the larger rocks back in the cracks but it still doesn't really fix the wall. About 1/4 mile to the south end of the mile there is a rusty pipe in the vegetation (too much for me to carry back myself, or I would have), and at the end of the mile to the south it looks like someone has made a make shift shelter with logs, concrete and a large type of plastic for the covering.

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293 stu and barb 05/24/2018

A pretty clean beach! Litter patrol generated about 1/2 of a kitchen bag...mostly glass and plastic bottles, flip flops & clothing, assorted plastic and paper goods...all less than usually found. Nothing significant or of concern.

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