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226 gsmeyer 09/21/2022

It was a nice day to be observing the coast, what with the moderate temperature, light wind, and clouds that covered the sky thinly.  Views of the calm sea were extensive and dramatic.  A few gulls and comorants were observed on nearshore rocks and whales were seen several hundred yards offshore.  There were numerous pelicans on Gull Rock.  No physical changes were observed along the shoreline, as is usual with the resistant basalt of this area. 

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323 MatthewsE 09/20/2022

My first observation at Seaside (323). This will be a one off survey, as the last time it was surveyed was in Feb. of 2021. Also conducted a COASST beached bird survey during this mile walk. 

Very wide beach from Surf to Wood! Lots of sand dollars in the surf and wrack, along with crab shells in the bare. Only two occcasions of litter observed and five fire pits in the bare. Pretty clean beach. Tire tracks observerable along the mile, that belong to a large backhoe. Two beached birds a common murre and a Herring gull.

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254 heidenreichh 09/18/2022

About 1/2 of my mile, north of the rip rap,  is experiencing significant erosion.  I would estimate the loss of about 10 feet of dune in the last two months. 

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219 YHONA 09/18/2022

It was an entirely typical day at Yaquina Head on cobble beach and quarry cove. All visitors (average amount for a weekend this time of year) were recreating appropriately. The conditons were pleasant. The birds and harbor seals were loitering on the nearby offshore rocks as per usual. The driftline consisted mostly of kelp, seaweed, wood, and crab remains. I found one small piece of fishing net and otherwise no trash.

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340 edjoyce 09/16/2022

There's a tree stump that is gradually being progressively exposed (see photo).  I marked this with red paint.  This should be an excellent opportunity to measure the rate of dune retreat.  Wish I had thought about this a year or so ago when I first saw it.  I've been monitoring it for the last months and have taking photos.

Also, somthing else I will start doing and should've started years ago, that is, measuring dune profiles using an Abney level.  I'll begin this next month.  This is valuable data, easily acquired, and something we could ask CW'ers to do.

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147 Lyndell 09/13/2022

Beach appeared to be normal.  The Sparrow Park road leading to the beach access is in terrible condition.  I may have to cut back my trips to the late summer early fall before rains begin in the future.  Working on talking with the Forest Service to take care of the giant ruts and pot holes.  More brown pelicans then I have every seen along mile 147 and the preceding miles hiked to get there off of Sparrow Road.

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21 PaulSherman 09/11/2022

I saw 2 coyotes, 1 grey fox, and 5 brown pelicans, in addition to many western gulls.

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182 mj6dolphin 09/10/2022

Lots of people walking dogs today. Feathers, sand dollars, kelp, sea grass , mussel shells, crab legs in the wrack line.

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311 browneyed 09/09/2022

What a beautiful morning at mile 311! Our biggest new observation was the amount of open, empty mussels. It was like the seagulls had just finished a huge buffet party everywhere on the beach. I have also never seen mussels hanging by their beards the way they were. They acted like windchimes in the breeze. There also seemed to be a lot more empty gooseneck barnacle clusters. Something seasonal? Something unhealthy? We don't know, but we did meet a youtuber who goes by "asthecrowwalks" who mentioned that he had been to mile 311 a couple days before and felt that the color of the sealife looked different than the last time he was there - maybe a little more brown than green...We hope it's just a natural shift. The birds (primarily gulls, and lots of young ones) seemed happy.

As always we had a great time on the beach, picked up a few pieces of trash (not enough to fill a bag, it's a quite clean mile) and took lots pf pictures.

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293 Mary and Zio 09/07/2022

For the day after a holiday weekend the beach was exceptionally clean. One small bucket of trash that included spent fireworks, kid sand toys, a shoe, net metal stakes, and some picnic trash. 
 

only item of note is the new signs at the base of the rip rap indicating private property and surveillance video cameras. They are installed on the beach. 

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295 ALawson 09/07/2022

One dead cormorant was observed. Several man made driftwood structures were built near the jetty at the northern end of Nedonna beach.

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261 MatthewsE 09/06/2022

My First Report for this Area

This seemed like a long stretch of mile, but nice and smooth. About a 3rd into the mile the beach seemed to split into two levels...what I mean is it wasn't completely flat from bare to surf, but had two levels, shown in photos. This stretch of mile has houses all along the upper beach. I did not go over tthe top of the dune with the fence on the north end of the mile, my mistake. In January when I officially start will make sure and do that.

  • 4 instances of cups and clothes, but since this my first observation period for this beach it will be interesting to keep watch.
  • 3 beached (dead birds) found. 2 Common Murres and a Surf Scoter.   The Surf Scoter was a new find for me.
  • Directly out from the yellow marker 34A I found a Beached (dead) adult male California Sea Lion.
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297 NehalemBay 09/06/2022

This was a sunny calm day with few people on the beach.  The sand is very long now.  Only 5 cars were in the parking lot and 7 people walking on the beach. The restrictions for the Snowy Plover are still in effect until September 15 with two groups of plovers enjoying the quiet.  There was little human debris and no disturbances.  8 bird carcasses were found with 4 Murres, 2 Brandt Cormorants, one Pelagic Cormorant (?) and a Pigeon Guillamot. 

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214 MatthewsE 09/05/2022

The photos show no more "Islands" surrounded by water, where the surf hits the bare. Also photos of the gradual sloping of the dunes, none have sharp edges along the bottom.  One RE-find from last month a Common Murre. 2 people riding horses at the south end of the mile.  NO litter found!

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210 mrkopplin 09/05/2022

It was a sunny morning on Labor Day. People were there to enjoy the day. We saw no violations.

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59 lvbasch 09/05/2022 View full report 0
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120 [email protected] 09/04/2022

Very busy "day at the beach"--not surprising for Sunday of Labor Day Weekend; what did surprise me was the relatively low number of out-of-state license plates.

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53 SchoenL 09/04/2022

This was my first coast watch walk for the full 3 miles. I don't know what is allowed on the sand banks, etc. in regards to the public or private roads. It looked like a couple new  motorized vehicles trails were going up and over the bluffs eastward and potentially causing erosion and destruction of the bank. There lots of scattered plastic strips all along the shoreline. I believe a feed sack decomposing. Only one water bottle. The beach was very clean otherwise. I am not sure of the rules. I did not confront anyone. 2 tents were pitched next to the bank just before the Elk River comes out to the beach. It appeared that they had a campfire on the beach as I saw smoke drifting in front of tents. No sight of people or pets. About 1/4 mile north I came upon a fairly recently deceased Sea Lion. I reported it and texted photos. I received a response in kind.

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101 beachnut 09/04/2022 DISPATCH

A great number -- 75 -- jellies were washed up from Coquille Point south. Most of them were dinner plate in diameter and all were clear in body.  

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263 ShelbyG 09/03/2022

Got to the beach at 750 p. m. expecting to see the last sunset after 8 p. m. for 2022 but fog had rolled in and it was to foggy to see much of anything. Could make out a few cars about 1/4 mile from the north end of Mile 263. At the access from the parking at McPhillips Beach there was a truck parked just to the south. Could make out other vehicles to the south and north but it was to foggy to actually see how many. 

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52 [email protected] 09/02/2022

Overcast and cool day with light wind. Seventeen people on beach and three leashed dogs, with 11 visitors searching for agates. No vehicles on beach during survey, but multiple tracks evident. Large gull flock on beach and four osprey active over Lake Garrison. Nine western snowy plovers observed with 1 adult having unusual partially leucistic plumage and 3 juveniles present, possibly representing fledglings from previously reported nests. High numbers of Dungeness crab carapaces and leg parts continue along driftline. One adjacent property appears to be constructing a new staircase or retaining wall at bluff.

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307 Bald Eagle 09/01/2022

12 sea stars were on the large rock 100 feet south of Arch Cape.  No wasting was observed. There were over 100 crab casings in a 200 foot section of the driftline.  Most of the casings measured 3 to 5 inches across the back.  There were some casings smaller and a few larger than the others.  There over 100 brown pelicans moving from Gull Rock to the beach at low tides and to Castle Rock this week.  See pics.  

One picture of the beach looking north showing some of the area east of the beach and one picture of the beach looking south including some of the area east of the beach on mile 307. 

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263 ShelbyG 09/01/2022

3 drivers in trucks doing donuts in the sand. 2 motorcyclists flying a drone. One van of 5 adults & 7 children. Kids ran into the surf then to large rocks to climb. Lots of crab and clam shells. 

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238 Cathy238 09/01/2022 DISPATCH

Some accesses are usable again, like the one near lot 281. The staging area for work crews and equipment near Beach Grass Lane should be avoided during the week. When work is stopped, the rough ramp from the beach is usable. 

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196 Pardiatthebeach 09/01/2022

Sand has built back to a high level on the beach. Wrack line content consists of seaweed, some kelp but very little man-made debris. 

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220 Hillsideshack 08/31/2022

A foggy start to a beautiful walk, saw 8 Turkey vultures. Plovers (Snowy?) and whimbrel. Lots of summer sand on the beach allowing for entry through the south "cave" to the beach beyond (always fun when that happens).

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59 lvbasch 08/28/2022 View full report 0
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130 [email protected] 08/24/2022

Shark (see photo) seen roiling in the shoreline, in inches of water, seemingly buffeted by small wave action. Self-righted and swam into deeper surf. Non seen beyond.

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146 Mike Mueller 08/24/2022 DISPATCH

Observed a what looked to be a young Stellar Sea Lion resting on the sand inside the triangle where they raise & harvest Pacific Oysters.

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146 Mike Mueller 08/23/2022 DISPATCH

The firefighters from  the Oregon Forest Association were busy putting out a beach driftwood fire, caused by human activity.There were a crew of 14 firefighters and 5 engines and two water tenders vehicles at the scene of Sough Jetty Beach. The crew were busy with chain saws & water hoses, wetting the smoldering logs and then cutting them up with their chain saws.

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119 GasiorowskiM 08/22/2022

The hike along the northern coastal part of Shore Acres State Park is quite beautiful, with more coastal vistas and fewer visitors than the southern part.  30-40 harbor seals were lounging on the rocks at the northern part of the Park, probably comprising a resident colony.

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1 mmcdowell 08/22/2022

Human activity: 23 people, 6 dogs. Most walking, 4 playing in surf, 2 surf fishing. All dogs on leash. Surf fishing seems too close to pelican fishing due to potential for entanglement. Beach is very clean but I did not walk north side of Winchuck River. Shoreline wildlife: Mostly continuous wrackline of dried up seaweed. 100 Brown pelicans diving at mouth of Winchuck River, roosting on offshore rocks and large squadrons flying in from the south.

 

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118 GasiorowskiM 08/22/2022

Shore Acres State Park is a lovely place, with beautiful vistas and hiking trails, hundreds of marine mammals visible at Simpson Reef Overlook, and a wonderful botanical garden.  Afternoon fog often reduces visibility at the Overlook.  It is a popular destination, with many visitors especially at the Overlook and Simpson Beach.

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307 patecobb 08/21/2022

Very nice day out there and a few people were all enjoing the surf.  The large number of pelicans has been very cool to watch. The large number of crab shells washing up has been a bit strange as well.  Smell from the whale that washed up seems to have lessened, and it is now half burried in the sand. 

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49 Skip-Jane-Legacy 08/20/2022

It was a gorgeous day to be on the beach. Not much going on, wind went from light to moderate in the course of our visit. The beach looked quite clean and people were behaving themselves.

Of note, the information gathering and survey only took about 45 minutes, but posting this report took another 30 minutes, mostly to upload and identify the pictures. Then I got an error message about the photo file size being too large, and the only option was to submit the report, not knowing whether the photos I had uploaded previously were still there. Had to submit, and will come back and add photos.

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48 Skip-Jane-Legacy 08/20/2022

Beach was looking pretty clean of trash at the surf line and above in the dry sand. Hubbard Creek has "drifted" very far south/east, exiting much farther away than typical. 

Beautiful day to be on the beach. Wind started out light, but by the time we got back to the wayside it was up to moderate. We only counted people on our way out from the parking lot, not on the way back.

 

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185 Lfleming 08/18/2022

The day was very foggy so we didn't expect to see many birds but were very surprised to see 18 species, which has only happened two other times since 2003.   A group of 5 turkey vultures sitting on the rocks waiting for better weather,  and 14 sitting band-tailed pigeons.  One new bird, a yellow throated warbler.   Several flocks flying by, surfbirds, sanderlings as well as 4 pelicans headed north.  There weren't any people on the rest of the beach so it was very quiet and peaceful.    Most people didn't stay long in the main part.  It was nice without any wind.

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193 SKMacK 08/18/2022

The coast along mile 193 looked about the same. North of the Yachats River, the beach below the overlook had a fair amount of log debris. Further north a couple of sandstone blocks looked to have dislodged from the bluff, one near the riprap around the level of 6th street. 

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204 Jon French 08/17/2022

After the morning fog lifted and before the marine layer moved in, I walked from Seal Rock on Mile 205 to Beach Access 66C on Mile 203. My wife, Trish, and our dog, Sweetie, met me, Sweetie wearing her spiked Coyote jacket because we know they're here (see my recent Dispatch from Mile 203). I was looking for late nesting Snowy Plovers, but it appears they're all down on Mile 202, where they've enjoyed a relatively successful season, with four of twenty-four nests hatching chicks. I was also scouting for a new NOAA marine debris survey site to replace the site I  had selected earlier this year just south of Buckley Creek, where the creek's increasing southerly meander, the seasonal summer dunes, and water seeps at the back barrier have made debris surveying not so great. I'm still looking for a new site, but it was another beautiful walk on the beach.

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220 DKPowell 08/16/2022

It was a nice clear day, with a slight breeze. In general the sand didn't erode/scour as much during the winter, so there is more sand on the beach.

I normally go on the beach around 8AM--I waited until 10AM to catch low tide.

There was extra glare of being on the beach later, so going back to 8AM.

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219 YHONA 08/15/2022

Very sunny and warm weather, walked the length of quarry cove and cobble beach and saw nothing out of the ordinary - a standard amount of visitors enjoying the pleasant conditions. 

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176 GasiorowskiM 08/15/2022

Mile 176 is quite pretty, with a wide beach, wind-sculpted dunes, and few visitors.  The high point of this visit was two gray whales swimming 50-80 yards offshore, spouting and often breaking the surface.  I also saw various gulls, pelicans, semi-palmated plovers, two hawks, and a bald eagle (flying just overhead).  The beach is mostly empty, though some mussel and clam shells, crab fragments, sand dollars, and driftwood are visible, mainly at the north end.  The easiest access to Mile 176 is via a short trail running from a parking area on highway 101 located about 10 yards below mile marker 181 down to the beach, right next to the florescent green beach marker 95.  

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299 cpendergrass 08/14/2022

After many months without any dead birds on Manzanita's beach, 13 dead birds were found. Common murres were the most plentiful with 10 casualties followed by 2 northern fulmars and 1 herring gull. Beautiful weather and realtively warm ocean temperatures resulted in 78 people and 19 dogs on the beach in addition to 14 playing in the surf and 3 windsurfers. 

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311 sultanym 08/14/2022 DISPATCH

Today, we observed a total of 896 Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the northern rocky outcroppings exposed by the low tides at Silver Point. We had 10 team members participate for 1.4 hours for a total survey effort of 14 hours. These efforts involved visually inspecting the stars for signs of sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS) as part of our observational study. A total of 765 stars were healthy (85.4%), 112 individuals had one white lesion on the ray or central disk (mild SSWS; 12.5%), while 19 individuals had more than one lesion, arm curling, body disintegration, or organs emerging from body cavity (severe SSWS; 2.12%). We sent images to MARINe who confirmed our correct designations of mild vs. severe disease category symptoms. Size class measurements ranged from the minute 5mm to a dinner plate sized 270mm, measured from the center of the central disk to the longest ray. No stars were touched in this observation (visual inspection only). Of the healthy individuals counted, 718 individuals measured between 30-170mm in terms of size class designations, which is 80% of all healthy Pisaster measured. Many juvenile stars were observed, especially in the crevices of California mussels along the rock wall of Silver Point rock. Additional tidepool invertebrates seen today included two tar-spot sea cucumbers associating with California Mussels and on an Ochre sea star, green spongy cushion (Codium setchellii), Hairy chiton, Hind's chiton, Monterey Dorid nudibranch, and Striped dogwinkle eggs. Inside of, and in the tidepools in the immediate vicinity of, the sea cave at Silver Point at extreme low tide, we observed a Pile worm, Button Shell, Common rock louse, Striped shore crab, Flat porcelain crab, and Pacific Hairy Hermit crab. Many curious visitors were delighted to be able to walk through the sea cave given the high level of sand deposited and save access at low tide. 

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303 jessejones 08/14/2022

This morning CoastWatch hosted an educational walk with Stewart Schultz - 18 people were a part of the walk, but others joined as the session went on (for about 3 hours). Low tide morning, super weather. We started at the north end tide pools to view the sea star survey site, but those boulders were pretty engulfed in sand, so we moved to the south end tide pools. We were able to enter into the cave and observe a lot of intertidal rocky habitat life - dorids, sea stars, sponge and more. Notable to Schultz especially were the amount of razor clams beneath the surface of the sand, which he says is more than he has ever seen. 

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310 gmfindley 08/12/2022

Beach was very clean.  More dead birds than previously seen at one time.  Found wooden pallet (perhaps remains of one previously reported).

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291 BerrieC 08/11/2022

3 groups of Snowy Plovers feeding a the water's edge, approx 120 birds between Twin Rocks and Watseco. Other items: Small bag of dog poop. Buoy Beer label. Large amounts of seaweed in which debris and dead birds were tangled. Also, there was a service vehicle on the beach. 

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339 edjoyce 08/10/2022

Nothing out of the ordinary.  Dunes have taken on a typical summer profile being less steep than winter.

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239 ORbeach 08/06/2022 DISPATCH

Found a dead sea lion on the beach at beach access #50.  It was not here a week ago when we did our coast walk.  It was pretty badly decomposed so may have died at sea and been washed up.  Hard to determine if there was any trauma involved.  There was also a dead bird not far away - possibly a common murre; no leg bands.

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225 CherieE53 08/05/2022 DISPATCH

The visitors and their dogs were just enjoying the views. The wind was strong so most visitors were walking fast along the beach. The wildlife appeared to be relaxed. There did not appear to be any interaction between visitors and the wildlife.

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214 MatthewsE 08/04/2022

 

Sunny Day!

Beach: Pretty clean beach with 2 exceptions (2 tennis balls on a log and a can, close to north end of mile) otherwise very clean of human debris.  

Terrain:  Gradual sloping of dunes next to beach almost complete no sign of sharp edges to dunes meeting the wood or bare as in previous months.  Any logs there are are sitting on top or buried in the sand. 

Sand Bar:  water separating bar getting longer and wider.

Beached Birds:  2 Adult Common Murres, measured and assigned tags #16 and#17. #17 had no neck or head and breastbone was exposed.

Found one leg of a Common Murre  separate from body (no sign of body)

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243 garretta 08/04/2022

Mid week summer day: people with dogs running loose. Calm, weather app said 61 but could easily have been 70 or above. It was cooler in the Willamette Valley so winds were less here. Beach access at NW 34 and NW 15th in Lincoln City is currently blocked. Clusters of California blue mussels scattered on the beach. 

 

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184 simmonsk 08/04/2022

It was a warm sunny day on Ocean Beach.  Lots of people out enjoying the sand, sun and tide pools.  The summer sand drifts have arrived on Ocean Beach, most notably the drifts are high near the caves and around the north end of the beach.  The sand drifts extend the entire length of the beach obsuring even the rocks and driftwood normally visible along the bluffs.  There was unusual concentration of mussel shells present in the driftline.  I also noted several juvenile sea gulls.  The rock formation mid beach, visible at low tide, was covered with sea stars.  

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324 SeagerG 08/04/2022

My morning walk began gloriously with the sun peaking through the clouds and chirping birds flitting through the dune grasses. Several Osprey fished in the estuary, tangling with Caspian Terns and Seagulls, and Semipalmated Plovers ran along the shoreline. I was rewarded with my third sighting of the Snowy Plover family amongst the grasses of the Necanicum Spit. I also heard, but did not see, a drone over the north end of the dunes and sighted a possible driver on the balconey of one of the houses. But as I rounded the corner with the river and began to walk south along the beach, dead birds and debris began to appear. In total, I found ten dead Common Murres and two seagulls. I also found a condom (on the trail in the dunes), a dirty diaper (on the beach), an assortment of beer cans, glass bottles, broken plastic sand-toys, cigarette butts and dog poop. I don't know why, but the only kind of beer bottle label I've ever found is Buoy Beer, and in the last month I've come across about ten.

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101 GarrettSEA 08/03/2022

A typical summer morning at low tide with many visitors walking along the beach. USFW volunteers were present at Coquille Point.  Two resting seals on the rocks. Most people were taking photos and checking out the tidepools.  Dogs were either leashed or under control. The majority of nesting sea birds seem to have moved on from the area. Light winds allowed more people to sit on the beach in chairs. 4 dead sea birds were seen. 2 murres and 2 gulls. The driftline had small wood pieces and shells. No trash or plastic was noted. 

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194 tietjenl 08/03/2022

My Coastwatch began with a flyover by six brown pelicans just above the surf at the southern border of Mile 194! A warm, calm day. Enjoyed observing the usual tidepool animals as listed above. Also interesting to note was what I thought was a chiton and it's track in the sand in a shallow tidepool [see photo]. Some concave depressions in the  rocks above the tide line showed crystallization [of perhaps salt] and a significant amount of vegetation on the rocks was bleach white. No abherrant human behavior with the highest poplulation of people on the 804 trail in front of the hotels on the north end of Mile 194. Two unattended small dogs [dachsunds ?], without tags, were observed at the midpoint of Mile 194, but I was unable to reach them before they ran off. They looked to be in good health. One dead seabird floating upside down in a tidepool at the Agency Creek drainage 44°19'07.4"N 124°06'30.6"W [see photo]. There is also a sign posted, "BIRDS ONLY BEYOND THIS POINT," at the boundary between the south end of Smelt Sands State Park and the north border of the Adobe. 

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197 mudslide 08/03/2022

Another beautiful day and a very clean beach -- impressive given the full campground at the height of summer. I counted 27 adults, 4 children, and 4 dogs, all leashed except one. I observed 2 people riding bicycles, 2 using metal detectors, and one person coming down the stairs with a surfboard. I saw 2 or 3 gulls, a sandpiper, and 3 vultures biding their time near the stranded seal.  Small stones were scattered most of the way S on the mile. There were two substantial chunks of newly fallen bluff, but my photos of them were in too much shadow.

Close to the bluff a sign had been placed by the Marine Mammal Stranding Network calling attention to the stranded seal. It was far enough away from where the seal lay that as I was walking S near the bluff, scanning the beach, I didn't spot any seal, and I guessed the sign was no longer relevant. Walking back N closer to the water, I came across the seal and noticed it had left a track starting near the sign and leading oceanward to its current position maybe 35 or 40 yards away (a very rough estimate). See photos. I called the MMSN to report the less than optimum placement of the sign, and they texted back that a staff member had placed the sign near the seal the night before. I sent them a couple of photos showing the seal's path and current position. I also spoke with a couple who were walking in the seal's direction with their dog to warn them off, but they were aware of the situation, had seen the seal from their campsite the night before. They said other campers had also seen it and expressed concern.

Three deep holes had been dug in the sand in three different places -- deep enough to pose a danger of collapse, but the diggers were nowhere to be seen. See photo.

The concrete base of a long-gone set of wooden stairs down to the beach, which has been sitting there unchanged for 10 years, has undergone a sudden transformation since my last visit, in May. It looks as if someone has taken a pickaxe to it -- much of its surface has crumbled. Big mystery to me. See "before" and "after" photos.

 

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23 Bob Harvey 08/03/2022

The cave in one of the monoliths was accessible. The modest exposed marine garden in front of the cave has repopulated with seastars, two of them being very large. The die-off of a few years ago had killed all in that area. This is is a non-scientific opinion as I have no actual counts to present.

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239 ORbeach 07/31/2022

A warm calm summer's day.  More people than usual on the beach (40+) and the parking lot at the end of Salishan Drive was full.  We counted 8 license plates from Oregon, 4 from Washington, 1 from California and 1 from Utah.  Although it was mostly sunny out, the hot weather in the Willamette Valley sucked in the marine layer along the immediate coastline so the fog came and went.  Only a few harbor seals in their usual place at the end of the spit.  The number of cars in the parking lot might indicate there had been more foot traffic in the area, so possibly some of the seals scampered off into the water when they saw humans approaching ... but I have no evidence of that.  The few people who were there when we were there were very respectful and kept their distance.  Very little trash to pick up.

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311 sultanym 07/31/2022 DISPATCH

Today, we observed a total of 1388 Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the northern rocky outcroppings exposed by the low tides at Silver Point. We had 10 team members participate for 1.5 hours for a total survey effort of 15 hours. These efforts involved visually inspecting the stars for signs of sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS) as part of our observational study. A total of 1303 stars were healthy (98.8%), 75 individuals had one white lesion on the ray or central disk (mild SSWS; 5.4%), while 10 individuals had more than one lesion, arm curling, body disintegration, or organs emerging from body cavity (severe SSWS; 0.72%). We sent images to MARINe who confirmed our correct designations of mild vs. severe disease category symptoms. Size class measurements ranged from the minute 5mm to a dinner plate sized 260mm, measured from the center of the central disk to the longest ray. No stars were touched in this observation (visual inspection only). Of the healthy individuals counted, 1226 individuals measured between 30-170mm in terms of size class designations, which is 88% of all healthy Pisaster measured. Many juvenile stars were observed, especially in the crevices of California mussels along the rock wall of Silver Point rock. Additional tidepool invertebrates seen today included Common rock louse, Flat Porcelain crab, Pacific Hairy Hermit Crab, Tar-spot Sea Cucumber, Pelagic Barnacle, California Mussel and Lottia limpet. Two people rode past on horseback close to the Silver Point rocks, and many visitors inquired about our survey work. 

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203 Nancy Thomas 07/30/2022

Dense fog, 62 degrees and minimal wind. Major change was dune development due to the NW wind.  No Snowy Plover tracks or Plovers seen.  Quite of few gulls seen in the wet sand at the end of Buckley Creek and other streams running to the ocean.  Mostly Western, some Heermann's and other gull sp.  One beached/dead bird, a cormorant.   One strutting American Crow. Teepee near 66C. Beach carving in the sand and beach trenching.

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157 GasiorowskiM 07/30/2022

Mile 157 is a beautiful, little-visited stretch of coastline.  It is on the Oregon Dunes Loop Trail, which provides access at the northern and southern ends of Mile 157.  (Access at the southern end, near Tahkenitch Creek, passes through approximately 2 miles of soft sand and therefore is more difficult.)  The main highlight from this visit was two dead seals, one of which seemed to have been attacked recently by coyotes or other canines.

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142 KerrieP 07/24/2022

Little evidence of human influence in this area except plover management measures. Nice to see they're working.

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141 KerrieP 07/24/2022

Not the best of conditions for a beach walk in July so no surprise that noone else was present. State Parks and the Forest Service are doing a good job managing plovers in the area. Also walked mile 142.

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290 BerrieC 07/23/2022

Lots of folks having fun on a partially sunny day.  Beach is fairly clean considering the number of people on the sand on a summer weekend.

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262 Linda Fink 07/21/2022

nice day, lots of people and their dogs enjoying the beach

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202 Jon French 07/21/2022

Every day now for over a week, I and two other U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service volunteers, along with our local State Parks Ranger, have been monitoring three active Western Snowy Plover nests near Alsea Bay as the nests approached hatching time. Nest number BASH15A hatched two chicks a few days ago, and BASH19A hatched one chick the day before yesterday. The chicks, little fuzzy golf balls perched on drinking straw legs, are hard to see even when Dad isn't sitting on them to keep them warm. Mom's maternal duties pretty much end when the chicks hatch, after which she's prone to fly off in search of another mate with the hope of creating a new brood before the nesting season ends, leaving Dad to rear the chicks for a month until they fledge. Unfortunately, BASH19A hatched only one of its three eggs, a second egg disappeared, and the third egg was left unattended. We consulted with our local USFWS plover biologist, and it was decided to collect the abandoned, non-viable egg, which I did today and took to the USFWS office in Newport. Of Mile 202's twenty-three nests, the only known nests in Lincoln County this year, two have now hatched chicks, not great but an improvement over last year.

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146 Mike Mueller 07/19/2022

Today was a CoastWatch orientation led by naturalist, Marty Giles. Two other CoastWatch volunteers attended. Wildlife activity included an eagle and turkey vulture feeding on a common murre, and ochre sea stars on the south jetty and aggretating anemone. One surfer was spotted. 

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220 kmalarkey 07/19/2022

Beautiful day with many people. Sand is so high on north side of Yaquina Head so there was easy access through the tunnel to the mini beach which is rare. Saw the greatest number of orchre sea stars in  several years. Appeared healthy except for 2 and were a variety of sizes from small to large, probably 90% were purple and 10% orange. Called beach ranger and verified that tire tracks we saw last month were his and that he issued the rip rap permit because the property and utilities were there before 1977.

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219 YHONA 07/18/2022

Walked length of Quarry Cove and Cobble beaches. Weather was warm with a slight breeze. Lots of visitors recreating along beaches, pursuing a variety of activities. Nothing out of the ordinary to report. 

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203 Jon French 07/18/2022 DISPATCH

I walked Sandpiper Beach to Buckley Creek this morning looking for Snowy Plovers, but I saw no sign of plovers or even tracks. As I came onto the beach, I saw vultures feeding on something which, as I approached, turned out to be a dead Harbor Seal pup. I took photos to send to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network and continued up the beach. As I returned and was leaving the beach, I talked with someone who said they had just seen a coyote at the carcass, which seemed pretty unusual for the daytime, so I waited awhile back in the vegetation. In a few minutes, a coyote came out of the seasonal dunes just north of me, trotted to the carcass and began feeding, jerking and tearing on the carcass and dragging it around. I watched for maybe ten minutes until the coyote finally trotted off up the beach and into the seasonal dunes. Attached are a few photos, and below are Dropbox links to three short videos, not Top Gun quality but an exciting day on the beach and a reminder to people, especially with young children and small dogs, that we share our beaches with coyotes and other wild things. I originally thought the coyote was just scavenging the carcass, but looking back on it, I think the coyote may have actually preyed upon the seal pup. The carcass looked well fed, not at all emaciated, and there were no signs of trauma except for the head region, which would seem like a good spot for a coyote to attack a resting seal pup.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kxskbs2r69u1sia/DSCN2541.mp4?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/aufrksjz0lie6sx/DSCN2545.mp4?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/hucccskhtst7pb6/DSCN2546.mp4?dl=0

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188 GasiorowskiM 07/18/2022

Strawberry Hill is a popular destination for beachcombing and tidepooling.  Quite a few people were there during this visit, all well-behaved and maintaining the cleanliness of this beautiful location.  Erosion of the bluffs over the north and south beaches continues.  Many hundreds of sea stars were visible at low-tide areas on the north and south beaches, with no sign of wasting disease.  And hundreds of small white pyrosomes were stranded on the sand and in tidepools along the south beach.  

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222 222Tender 07/17/2022 DISPATCH

Very little water in Wade Creek. No cars or people when I arrived...parking lot filled up by the time I left at 2:30. Chilly wind picked up at 12:30.

 

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254 heidenreichh 07/17/2022

Beautiful morning!  Sunny with little wind and many people enjoying the beach.

I saw evidence of  15 campfires along the mile,  two of which were within 30 feet of the dunes/grass, one was still smoldering.  I smotherd it.    Mid mile I noticed mini slides on the face of the dunes, indicating erosion.

In three places below Neskowin Crest there was undercutting of dunes.

 

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189 gailrobbw 07/17/2022

Beautiful mostly sunny morning with wide open sandy beach due to minus tide. Little garbage on beach or pull outs even with large number of visitors.  Good variety of birds, no sea mammels or washed up sea cucumbers observed. Last year's grafitti on Gwynn Creek culvert and Cumins Creek Bridge have been painted over. The grafitti to the bluff half way between culvert and bridge is the same as has been there for some time - it is an easy place for people to reach and write their names, etc. in the soft sandstone. 

 

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311 sultanym 07/17/2022 DISPATCH

Today, we observed a whopping total of 1,059 Ochre sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) at the northern rocky outcroppings exposed by the low tides at Silver Point. We had 8 team members participate for 1.63 hours for a total survey effort of 13 hours. These efforts involved visually inspecting the stars for signs of sea star wasting syndrome (SSWS) as part of our observational study. A total of 1,001 stars were healthy (94.5%), 40 had one white lesion on the ray or central disk (mild SSWS; 3.8%), while 18 individuals had more than one lesion, arm curling, body disintegration, or organs emerging from body cavity (severe SSWS; 1.7%). We sent images to MARINe who confirmed our correct designations of mild vs. severe disease category symptoms. Size class measurements ranged from the minute 10mm to a dinner plate sized 240mm, measured from the center of the central disk to the longest ray. No stars were touched in this observation (visual inspection only). Of the 1,001 healthy individuals counted, 837 ndividuals measured between 50-140mm in terms of size class designations, which is 83.4% of all healthy Pisaster measured. Many juvenile stars were observed, especially in the crevices of California mussels along the rock wall of Silver Point rock. Additional tide pool invertebrates seen included a stiff-footed sea cucumber, tar-spot sea cucumber, Hind’s chiton, Lined chiton, Hairy chiton (upon visual inspection, it looked like someone pried this chiton off the rocks), Frilled commensal scaleworm on an ochre sea star, Rockweed isopod, Pacific rock crab, California mussels (thousands!), and an interesting coralline algae in the genus Bossiella.

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26 hobbins 07/16/2022

The beach was very clean, sand was warm, and the waves were running hard. Other than human beings and the ravens and eagles there was that much on the beach.

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229 njwhite 07/16/2022 DISPATCH

News of a dead sea lion was circulating in our community of Little Whale Cove the week of July 11. Eagles and vultures were spotted near the dead sea lion as well as vultures circling overhead. The stranding message line was called at 541-270-6830. Jim Rice responded right away after a message was left. Jim asked for close up photos of the dead sea lion's flippers and pelt. Jim was very helpful and responsive to emails and photos sent. The pelt was a light gold color. Here's some information about the difference between steller sea lions and California sea lions. "Steller sea lions are much larger than California Sea Lions. Males push 2,500 pounds and 11 feet long (850 pounds and 7 feet for California sea lions) while females weigh close to 1,000 pounds and 9 feet long (220 pounds and 6 feet for California sea lions). Male Stellers also have much thicker necks. Steller sea lions are closer to reddish brown-to-blonde in color, but when wet, both California and Steller sea lions may look very similar in color. Stellers have a more blunt face than California sea lions (shorter snouts, sometimes described as “bear-like”). Male California sea lions develop a bump on their skull, called a sagittal crest, which male Stellers do not have"

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146 SmithRiver 07/16/2022

Observation of an eagle feeding. 

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116 alaingamerica 07/16/2022

A minus tide occurs this Summer weekend and Parks had a sign encouraging the public to explore the tidepools. I believe this does account for the increase in visitors. A pleasant day to do so. I'm happy to report I saw many Ochre Stars present. I do believe I am observing a limiting effect on the Sea Urchins. Many tidepoolers were pleased by finding many Gumboot Chitons and Sea Stars.

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295 nedonnaman 07/16/2022

Very high tides in the last week have swept the beach clean of usual debris in wrack line.  Sand has built up nicely since winter storms and the beach as a whole is in very good shape. 

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101 beachnut 07/16/2022 DISPATCH

7 dead common murres were in the mid-tide zone on the north side below Coquille Point. 5 were small juveniles. No apparent cause of death.
 

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339 edjoyce 07/13/2022

Dunes taking on less steep summer profile.

Observed a dead pup seal.

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298 LeboC 07/12/2022

Very little human-made debris on beach. Folks were being very respectful of plover restrictions.

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264 rbourke 07/11/2022

Warm windy afternoon. No issues to report. 

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222 FlaningamM 07/10/2022

The beach fire close to vegetation, and somewhat close to access point was the main unusual concern to report, otherwise just the usual concern of trash. Less trash than at the two miles to the north (Beverly and Otter Rock Beaches), but a significant amount is trash left by beach goers, and not plastic pellets and styrafoam that has washed ashore. It therefore feels like there's room for an easier improvement. Of the four old beach fire sites seen today, there was trash left at three of them. Also, there were three tied up plastic bags presumably with dog poop, left on the ground. Also, I picked up 23 cigarette butts today (over a pack's worth); most were at the parking lot and path to the beach, but about five were on the beach. Consider putting up a sign in the parking lot educating people about the harm cigarette butts and plastic bring to the ocean and coast, as well as on how to most safely have a beach fire. 

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324 SeagerG 07/09/2022 DISPATCH

Two Snowy Plovers seen with eggs at nests within protected sites. One Plover (southern roped off area) was seen to be tagged - left leg with a light blue tag, right with orange. Before arriving at site, a human was seen at the edge reading one of the signs. With binoculars I observed that both Plovers off their nests, but as I waited and watched they eventually returned to their nests as as they did I was able to visualize eggs at both nests.

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324 SeagerG 07/08/2022

Beautiful clear day, moderate amount of human activity; two Snowy Plovers seen in newly designated protected areas exhibiting nesting behavior; one harbor seal pup on the rocks of the Necanicum Inlet Island; numerous seagulls and terns along with a few cormoronts; The amount of fireworks debris, burned logs, and styrofoam at the waterline is disheartening. One kiteflyer hooked the handle onto a log in an insecure manner that a gust of wind could have removed and another family was drinking alcohol from glass containors out on the waterline. A tent is in an area frequented by the homeless and has been there for two days,

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324 SeagerG 07/06/2022

Snowy Plover nesting area warning signage was recently added as well as a specific roped off area for known nest sites - checked with J Jones as to who set the signage and was directed to Audobon, Portland. Extensive fireworks debris everywhere.

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243 garretta 07/06/2022

Quiet Wednesday after the July 4th chaos. Clean-up crews on July 5 did a great job but I still hauled an overflowing big grocery bag of trash and cans. Could have filled a couple more it I had had them and the time. Lots and lots of huge logs were used for fires and continued to burn or were hot to the touch. My dog likes to "walk" on the logs as a low budget agility course and it will be a long time before I let him do it again and even then, will check for heat. Misty rain in the beginning but clouds were lifting on the way back and by midday, it was sunny and warm. 

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330 LEWI 07/05/2022

Had a dozen plus individuals (Lewis and Clark National Historic Park youth engagement along with Oregon State Parks) over a 5 hour period picking up post fourth of July trash. Oregon State Parks took a truck bed full of bags from us and we still had 2 other trucks full. This did not even put a dent into the amount of trash left on the beach post holiday.

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290 Foxglove290 07/05/2022 DISPATCH

Post 4th beach clean up is a yearly clean up I do because the public always leaves a mess behind them.  

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220 Hillsideshack 07/05/2022

A beautiful day to be on 220. Not much trash, the high tide may have taken it out. Some nice rock cairn art at the northern part of my mile. The cliff continues to erode along with rock fall and vegetation coming down. The 3 black pipes continue to erode out of the proximal 1/2 of the beach cliffs (no pictures as I photograph them every time). Sea stars doing really well in the tide pools.

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327 sultanym 07/05/2022 DISPATCH

A morning walk on mile 327 on July 5th revealed a significant amount of human trash from the fourth of July festivities on the beach, including hundreds of fireworks, abundant single-use plastics, and many food containers/food waste. Most debris was located directly on the beach from the Del Rel entrance road or 0.5 miles south of this road above the high tide line below the dunes. I collected three bags full of trash, including many types of spent fireworks and single-use plastics from picnics. I observed 4 other SOLV volunteers assisting with trash clean-up efforts along this stretch of beach that is heavily visited. Many campers with tents were seen along the mile this morning, with their vehicles parked on the sand overnight. One dead Common Murre that was eaten by a predator was observed along the wet sand. The sandy beach entrance to the access road was being plowed and graded the morning of July 5th, making vehicular traffic entering and exiting the beach much easier. 

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