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8 DewPoint Dave 09/23/2017

Mile 8, Harris Beach SP Picnic Area was full of activity this beautiful Saturday morning with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. The amount of beach sand brought in by Mother Nature this summer in this area is more than I have seen in the past 8 years. Most of the on-shore rocks exposed during last winter's storm are now buried.

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171 oldMGguy 09/22/2017

A pleasent afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach - sunny with a light breeze for a change.  Long lines of high washline greenish-brown phyto/zoo plankton and algae debris on the wet sand beach - typical for fall days with decreasing sunlight.  Large amounts of 1/4" to 1/2" "Cat's Eye" comb jellies (Pleurobrachia bachei) washed up along the entire mile along with a single Pacific Sea Nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens).  No Moon jellies or mole crabs observed today.  Several large flocks of sanderlings feeding in the wash line.

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339 edjoyce 09/20/2017

All looks stable.  See attached picture.

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314 cheeseguy 09/18/2017

A sunny fall day at the beach. Lots of people walking for the most part. Only new observation was the application of ground cloth to the base of the dune at Breaker PT. condos and Ecola Creek. Some of the new beach grass plantings may have been eroded. Before photo in prior report with current included in this report.  A picture of beach N of the mouth of Ecola Creek is included to show the lack of Brown Pelicans this year. In the past this beach is normally covered with them. I only saw a flight of 6 and another of 12 Brown Pelicans during my whole walk. Unusually few for this time of year. 

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237 Walden 09/16/2017

Calm seas with little wind. Only saw two people during the walk, both agate hunting. Tee shirt and shorts weather. The beach itself had very little debris of any kind, natural or man made.

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208 Batthecat 09/11/2017 DISPATCH

Somewhat surprised at how clean the beach was.  Not much on the wrack line and only two dead birds.

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307 Bald Eagle 09/10/2017

On this beautiful morning there were a lot of people around Arch Cape looking at the muscles, barnacles and sea anemones on the rocks.  There were no sea stars. 

Gull Rock had at least 45 pelicans and 4 cormorants. 

On the north side of Arch Cape I observed the signs of one pigeon guillemot nest.  I saw one these birds about one month ago feeding the baby birds.  In earlier years I have seen two and three nests on Arch Cape.

The sand level was at its usual level for this time of year which allows easy foot travel between Arch Cape and Cove Beach.

 

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198 bahngarten 09/10/2017

Sunny calm morning, very calm ocean. Some western seagulls, some young gulls begging for food. Few people and dogs walking on beach.  Pebbles, some crab molt, live mole crabs along beach.  Clean beach.

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189 [email protected] 09/10/2017

I was on the beach between 7:25 ad 9:45 am Low tide was about 1.1' at 9:30 am. As for humans, I saw 7 people overall, 2 groups of 2, and one group of 3. Two dogs. The only activity I observed were just people waking around, enjoying and exploring. One couple approached me and asked what I ws doing. I saw 4 cars between the parking lots at Gwynn and Cummins Creeks. I've already described the shoreline wildlife in a previous section, but  the obvious large wildlife was the mixed flock of gulls loafing at the mouth of Cummins Creek, Band-tailed pigeons, turkey vulture, black oytercatcher, and of couse lots of inverts on the beach, and lots of inverts and macroalgae on the rocks at both ends of the mile. The drift line was light with little debris or litter. I didn't see any dead birds or mammals. No obvious recent man-made changes, but typical erosion on the cliffs. I had 4 photos to upload. Looks like it only allows one. I that correct? How do I add more than one?

 

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175 Kit Kirk 09/04/2017

There was nothing outstanding in my walk on the beach this time.  I am so pleased to see that the debris level has been low lately.

It was smokey though due to surrounding forest fires.  3 dead birds, murre tagged, live shorebirds, gulls, crows. People on the beach.

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195 WetWabbit 09/02/2017

It was a lovely clear day, with many visitors enjoying the beach and flying kites. Nothing unusual was seen except 9 decomposing birds at the wrack line (see photo).

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196 Pardiatthebeach 09/01/2017

Only two pieces of large debris, both rope. No small and only slight medium debris. Some sand and vegatation building up above tideline, since tide has not been very high.  There are a couple of shelters built from driftwood, one is quite large. Photo attached.

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145 RebeccaMC 08/31/2017 DISPATCH

Around 36 people at the beach. 8 dogs. 

No sea stars, the low tide not being very low.

Some of the driftwood is charred and burned, as well as grass and bushes on the dunes.

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193 SKMacK 08/30/2017

Foggy morning. Only a few people were out walking. Extent of erosion along both Yachats Ocean Road and Ocean View Drive appears about the same.  

 

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237 bksouthwick1 08/27/2017 DISPATCH

Nice day on the beach. Tide was at low point about to return. We saw 20 adults, 2 teens, 5 kids, 6 dogs. 7 dead birds, 5 murres (I think) and 2 gulls. Actually saw a live female dungeness crab in the surf. Threw it back out before the birds got it. Not too much trash today but did find a large section of "carpet" like material which I guess was used to stabilize the dune area. We drug it back out to the roadside for pick-up.

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214 PCTronquet 08/27/2017

We found a seagull on the beach totally wrapped in fishing line with hook and bobber, unable to get free.  After covering the bird with a jacket, we were able to cut the line, unravel and free the bird.  It quickly flew away, unharmed.  A second bird caught in the line was not so lucky....it had already died from the entanglement.

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315 BJKauai 08/27/2017

It was a nice, clear sunny day. Numerous amount of people walking along the beach with families and pets. Tide was very low today, not many sea stars can be seen in the tidepools. Driftline had quite a bit of mole crab casings, feathers and kelp. Not much man made litter found along the beach today. And the few found were picked up and discarded appropriately. 

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203 Beachwalker203 08/25/2017

Quiet day on the beach, quiet ocean.  Did see fairly fresh bear scat near the wrack though. That was unusual.

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220 Hillsideshack 08/24/2017

Beautiful but frustrating day on Mile 220. Five people on the beach, one of whom, despite my polite results to stop the activity, was 3/4 up the cliffs and digging soil out of the cliff. 

Driftline contained a lot of beautiful long kelp and the usual small plastic pieces. Saw three dead Common Murres ( guess) that had not been tagged. 

The cliffs continue in their downward progression to the sea sadly helped by an individual who was digging dirt out of the side of the cliff. I do have a photo of the cliff digger attached. 

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287 C Nelson 08/22/2017

A beautiful summer day on Mile 287! There were fewer people than expected for such a nice day, possibly because it was mid-week. It was a surprise to see a large quantity (as many as 12-14 dozen) lethargic, dying Dungess Crabs in the driftline or ashore at the high tide line - unclear what was causing the crabs to be too weak to return to the sea as the tide retreated. A large amount of sand has filled in previously eroded foredunes. While there was evidence of a number of recently used campsites along the mile, it was gratifying to see how little trash had been left behind. All in all, a delightful day!

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129 mzlizee 08/21/2017 View full report 1
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220 DKPowell 08/15/2017

The beach is continuing to fill with more sand. The prevention of cars going to the NW 68th street parking is probably reducing the amount of plastic/trash. Although it is summer, erosion continues at Yaquina Head cliff and exposing pipes.

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186 [email protected] 08/14/2017

Charles and I were at our adopted mile on 8/14. No one was at the parking space save a man mowing. Everything, parking area and path were very clean. Gulls, pretty leisurely walking up and down the beach. There is no longer any beach access, the river is now using the land's edge for its bank. The former stone beach below the houses as you walk north from the Ten Minle River parking access has moved to the other side, the seaward side, of the river. Access to that is from Stonefield Beach at low tide. It is a very nice way to go. Where did the river go?  Why it now describes a sharp U turn to the south and heads towards MP 185 territory. Buy the time it reaches the sea, much of it has disappeared into the sand, much like the Colorado, I guess. We went next to Stonefield Beach. It was also very clean, no micro plastics visible. Guess they are under the sand and stone of the new northerly extension of Stonefield Beach. 

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338 Randy and Beth 08/13/2017

An active day on our mile with people excited about seeing whales spouting off shore.

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129 mzlizee 08/13/2017

Large dead mammal.  Dessicated and gelatinous.  Dinner for 12 turkey vultures.  Had my dog with me so didn't get very close.  Appeared to be large sea lion or small elephant seal.  Head pretty well consumed, no flippers left.

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145 RebeccaMC 08/13/2017 DISPATCH

Calm day at the beach. Nice weather and good access to low tide life on jetty. Counted 37 sea stars, There were actually 2 sea stars with lesions. An orange and a purple, also spotted a sea lion swimming just beyond the surf.

Several surfers who said the water was warm. 

Kelp washed up on beach, along with the normal debris.

Normal amount of people and dogs.

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145 RebeccaMC 08/11/2017

It was relatively quiet on the beach with moderate activity. Every one seemed laid back and the dogs were well behaved. 

It was very low tide and I counted 97 Sea Stars on the jetty rocks,  both purple and orange. Most were in the 4" to 6" range, some were 2", a few larger ones were also on the rocks. There were two that seemed different, please see photos.

There were a lot of quarter size jellies(?) See photo. There was also a larger 12" jellyfish.

I did the is it a sea lion or bird thing for a long while with binoculars and decided-birds. I don't think seagulls, maybe cormorants.

One vulture on the jetty. Normal amount of sea gulls.

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299 cpendergrass 08/10/2017

Summertime scenario...no rain, lots of people, lots of dead common murres, lots of people inquiring about the large number of dead birds. I explained that it is part of the murre life cycle for many birds to die after the breeding season and that it happens every year at this time. Encountered the first dead raccoon I've seen on the beach here.

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101 Volunteer Coordinator 08/10/2017 DISPATCH

murre alive/ in distress on the beach.  Photo by Gary Meunier

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285 Cynthia and Kevin 08/06/2017 DISPATCH View full report 1
198 bahngarten 08/06/2017

Calm,  hazy morning on clean beach, with 9 people walking. Notable was 1 unidentifiable gull carcass, 1 harbor seal carcass, with large wound of abdomen, few small superficial wounds 1-2" about head and neck, no post morten predation apparent. Animal probably dead 1-2 days, little bloating of otherwise normal weight animal.  Jim Rice,MMS, notified, with pictures by cell phone.

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146 SmithRiver 08/02/2017

Beautiful day at the beach, many, many enjoying it.  Sad to see so much fire destruction and danger from unauthorized/unattened bon fires.  Most fire pit areas were started far above the tide line this time of year where they could not be put out properly or naturally by new tides coming in.  

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290 Foxglove290 08/02/2017

Evidence of the strong summer north winds.  Sand collecting along the jetty. I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of liter.  

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262 dslinger 08/02/2017 DISPATCH

Large amounts of algae noted.

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245 lvoelker 07/30/2017 View full report 3
129 mzlizee 07/29/2017

Just a quiet foggy day at the beach.

Had the place to ourselves.

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208 Batthecat 07/28/2017 DISPATCH

Warm, windless day.  Lots of visitors.  Quite a few dogs but all under control.  Probably a total of 30-35 cars between Ona Beach and Curtis Street. Saw some new erosion.  Took people pictures to post on Flickr.  

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169 oceanwalker842 07/27/2017

The 8 people on this mile included 4 other people plus the four of us enjoying a beautiful, clear day walk on the beach. Two of my friends (from Hawaii) were completing a coast to coast trip...toes in the Atlantic and toes in the Oregon Pacific. A photo of them completing the trek is included.

Again, as usual, very limited wild-life that included a small group of sanderlings, a crow, and 10 gulls. I may need a lesson on identifying the gulls. As they flew by, it appeared there were three different species...a lone, black tipped wing bird with a whitish body gliding the dunes, 6 with darker bodies (that didn't appear to have the dingy color of adolescents), and a small group 3 others.

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295 Nedonnaman 07/26/2017

Typical summer beach.  Most of the heavy drfitwood accumulation from the winter is gone ... up in smoke or used to make forts and shelters.  Unlike many past years, there has not been any mowing of dune grass.  Mile 294 to the south gets a lot more use and also includes the heavily eroded bluff at the south end of the Wayside and the wandering creek, which this year is 100 yards or so further north than a year ago.

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188 casparboy 07/22/2017

The number of people enjoying the different segments of mile 188 was larger than usual on this beautiful weekend day.

There were about 40 harbor seals at Strawberry. Fortunately visitors were maintaining a respectful distance from them. There were no other wildlife sightings that stood out.

I noticed no new signs of erosion during this summer observation.

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325 dicknfamily 07/21/2017 View full report 1
202 Unbound 07/20/2017

During our beach cleanup on July 20, 2017 we saw 36 people and 7 dogs. Most people were walking, but it was a beautiful sunny day, so there were some folks who opted to checkout the surf and others who were sitting and enjoying the day. We saw many beach murres and one unknown species of bird. There hasn't been a lot of trash on our mile of beach. During the winter storms a sand bluff was created/carved out and I don't know if this had an effect on trash, but we have found less trash since. We found plastic, tshirt, and misc trash. We saw 3 pelicans and 1 osprey flying by during our cleanup.

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255 bballentine 07/19/2017

Beautiful sunny day. Beach was the cleanest we have seen in 5 years monitoring. Found three fireworks casings near beach houses other than that very little trash. No styrofoam, no bottles, no cut lumber, no fishing gear. Crab and shrimp molt at high tide line. 

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300 marko 07/19/2017 DISPATCH

Unusual increase in dead grebes on Mile 300.

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325 dicknfamily 07/19/2017

Another beautiful day in Gearhart at mile 325, amazing to see the gray whales migrating through and spending the better part of the day just offshore.  In the last few weeks I've enjoyed sighting bald eagles (including 2 pairs in close proximity about a week ago), a post-partum female elk (which was subsequently darted and relocated along with her calf to God's Valley off highway 53 - this after charging a dog and owner - see previous Dispatch), and now gray whales.

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190 LyndaC 07/18/2017

A beautiful July day, the coast  being enjoyed by a large number of people, Devil's Churn parking lot filled.  We visited at low tide, 0.7 enabling us to walk far out on beach and rewarded by seeing at least 50 seastars.    Next day we visited Neptune beach again at low tide and delighted to see 100s of seastars at that location, healthy plump adults as well as juveniles, an exciting sight following the die off of recent years.

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310 newton 07/17/2017

2 people walking with a loose dog

3 dead common murres (no tags)

more sand on the beach (from the ocean not man)

nothing unusual or out of the ordinary

filled up a 5 gal bucket with human litter mostly picnic stuff

 

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325 dicknfamily 07/15/2017 DISPATCH

For the past two weeks (approx July 1-15) I've been walking twice a day between the D. Street trail south along the beach at Mile 325, around the bend to Little Beach over the Necanicum river estuary mud flats.  The weather has been gorgeous - 65 F and sunny most afternoons after partly cloudy mornings. Please see a few photographs below of the general area. Notable sightings (see photos below) include two pairs of Bald Eagles on July 13, 2017 at the south end of the beach near the river, and a single female post-partum elk at about 7:30 am on July 14 between the D and G street trails in the dunes. This elk was reported by the City of Gearhart to have charged an off leash dog later the same day.  In June of both 2015 and 2016 I encountered what I think is the same female elk while walking in the dunes south of G street. Both years she chased me and my dog off the trail - I had apparently gotten in between her and her calf. In 2015 a day after the first encounter my son spotted and photographed the calf near the same area. This year I saw her before entering the dunes, and walked my dogs away from the area.

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291 cemilligan 07/09/2017

Driving down 101 from the intersection of highways 26 and 101, my husband, our dogs, and I were very excited to get to our mile. The sun was shining, the surf looked wonderful, and we were excited to get out of the stifling Portland heat.  Until we arrived at Rockaway Beach.  We entered a pocket of clouds, a strong breeze (borderline wind) coming from the north, and chilly conditions overall.  The thermometer on the car said it was 68 degrees, however it seemed much cooler.  However, despite all this we were dedicated to the cause and to patrolling our mile, as we assumed there would be a great deal of litter to pick up and remove from the beach considering the recent Independence Day holiday.  When we arrived, there were very few people on the beach, only about five scattered diehard vacationers were either running up and down the beach, or making sandcastles.  It appeared that this area had been experiencing a lot of consistent wind lately as the entire beach had large sand drifts.  In comparison to previous patrols, it appeared that a lot of the driftwood had either been moved to make forts, or burned in the campfires that had taken place over the last two summer months.  We were pleasantly surprised that there was not near as much litter and debris as we expected.  Compared to our usual 4 bags of trash, we only picked up 2.5 today.  Most of it consisted of remnants of firework displays, beer drinking, and s'more making.  We came upon one smoldering fire pit, which we smothered with sand.  Due to the wind, there were very few birds on the beach. I only counted 4 gulls the entire time we were out.  We did not come upon any dead birds or other stranded animals. The high tideline had a considerable amount of tiny crustaceans, while the lowtide line consisted of black pebbles and seaweed.  There was some interesting new vegetation on the beach. Tons of small, little flowery plants had sprung up over the past couple months.  Finally, the main channel of the creek that is located towards the north end of our mile has really changed course.  This will unfortunately be our last post on this mile as we are relocating back to our home state of Alaska.  We have loved the priviledge of patrolling this mile, and will miss the Oregon coast oh so much.  I hope whomever takes over this patrol will love and care for this awesome strip of beach!

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282 kkrall 07/09/2017

Increased human and dog activity at this beach, which has no bathroom facility at the trailhead or on the beach. 

Common Murre seen on beach at north end. 

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245 lvoelker 07/08/2017

Stunning day.  The wind was strongly gusting from all directions. Low tide. 

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237 bksouthwick1 07/08/2017

We live enarby and have walked this mile ar least once a month since the first week of January 2017. However, this is the first time we have taken the time to do the note taking and make an official report.

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222 Wendy and Jed 07/07/2017 View full report 0
171 oldMGguy 07/07/2017

One of those "Now this is why we moved to Oregon!" days on Heceta Beach today - sunny, warm, light breeze (instead of the usual gale).  Very clean beach in spite of the tourist hordes over the 4th of July weekend.  Deposits of Cellophane Tube Worm (Spichaetoperus costarum) casings are beginning to accumulate at water's edge, a dead Common Murre (Uria aalge) was floating in the near-shore surf, and something new for me!  There were numerous huge dense swarms (100+ individuals) of Pacific Mole Crabs (Emerita analoga) working the surf run-back, with individuals ranging from 1/2" to 1+" in length.  I've never seen mole crabs doing large group swarming behavior before on Heceta Beach.  I usually see them in solitary feeding patterns.

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213 PaulJulia 07/07/2017

Cloudy day with practically no wind.  South Beach Park Ranger's truck tracks along the mile?  Beach essentially clean which was good to see after 4th of July celebrations.  Many flowering plants in sand dunes with small bumble bees -- hadn't seen these bees before.  Some concentrations of tiny crabs and perhaps chitins.  Crab molts.  Trapped pools of water near driftline.   Again saw 2 bald eagles (or perhaps one an osprey -- went too fast for a photo) and tumbling for a caught fish in talon.  Saw this in April.

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243 [email protected] 07/05/2017

There was a large amount of post July 4th garbage on this beach.  Including, but not limited to: bottles, cans, LOTS of firework debris, candy wrappers, plastic disposable silverware, foam pieces, human clothing, flip-flops, gloves, large gutter from a house that someone exploded fireworks inside, large coils of sharp and rusted metal springs, fires that were still burning, underwear, condom wrappers, a large broken beach chair left below the tide line, cigarette butts and plastic bags. Collected 2 large SOLVE bags full of trash.

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281 kkrall 07/05/2017 DISPATCH View full report 1
262 Linda Fink 07/05/2017

A foggy, windless day on very wide beach with abrupt cliff edge; lots of illegal fireworks this day after the 4th of July and lots of picnic junk including clothing! Most people were driving around in vehicles; one surf-fishing; 3 walking/running. PEFA plucking gull kill.

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315 newton 07/04/2017

Crisp morning.  3 people, 1 loose dog.  4 dead birds. The pool between Chapman Point and Crescent Beach is almost filled in with sand and easily passable.

 

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245 TerryH 07/04/2017 DISPATCH

Enforcement of illegal fireworks on the beach in Roads End is not working. The firework displays are getting bigger and more prolific, overwhelming law enforcement, as they have year after year.  Due to the fact that the Lincoln City Police help OSP enforce these laws on the 4th of July, I contacted Chief Kilian of the Lincoln City Police, requesting that they come up with a different plan of action.  Per Chief Kilian "I do agree with you that our current tactic is reactive. I will work with our leadership team to brainstorm some ideas on a more proactive basis."  Lincoln City counselors for Ward I, Diana Hinton and Susan Wahlke, were also contacted and agreed that discussion is needed.

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197 mudslide 07/03/2017

There was quite a bit of activity on the beach, with many visitors here over the Fourth of July holiday. Still, it wasn't anywhere close to crowded. I only walked about three-fourths of the mile this morning. Nothing significant to report except that another chunk of bluff has fallen, within the first one-fourth mile S of the campground.

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198 bahngarten 07/02/2017

Sunny warm clear afternoon with light NW breeze.   50 people enjoying holiday weekend, at and on- the beach, 5 dogs, about 20 kites flying.  Pristine clean beach, with usual summer mole crab parts along high tide line, and some live egg-bearing mole crabs burrowing in sand at water line.Pebbles and shell parts along high tideline.  Few western gulls feeding or resting along waterline.

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248 [email protected] 06/30/2017

Common murres, pigeon guillemots, pelagic cormorants, and harbor seals at Cascade Head.

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221 KathyLJ 06/29/2017

No notable cliff erosion over the winter.  Removed minimal debris from sandy areas and in driftwood including food wrappers, a kite and fragments that appeared to be from a foam fishing float. More rocks exposed than in previous 6 summers that I've walked this section of beach. No sea gulls observed flying or on the ground which is unusual as there are almost always large numbers in the area where Moolack Creek runs into the ocean. I have made 3 trips along this section of beach in the past month and have not seen any gulls.

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307 spinger 06/28/2017 View full report 1
203 Beachwalker203 06/24/2017

Found burned out campfire log, also area littered with cans, etc.

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314 cheeseguy 06/24/2017

It was a gorgeous day on the beach. Probably a record day for people because of the warm temperatures. 

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188 YachatsRena 06/23/2017 DISPATCH View full report 2
289 ollikainen 06/22/2017

Summer arrived and brought very typical late day,  summer weather conditions to Mile 289.  The wind was really strong from the north.  As I crossed the spit from the bay side,  the Tillamook whistle buoy was loud and almost continuous,  a sign of tall wind waves.  But once on the beach,  the only sound was the buffeting of the wind.  I estimate the wind was steady in the mid 20's with gusts into the 30's.  Blowing sand covered all but larger items.  While unpleasant to walk into, the wind is welcomed because it causes the upwelling of ocean water.  That means fish and birds have food.  We also do COASST surveys on the spit,  and very few dead birds are showing up.  Hopefully they are enjoying abudant food this year.

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309 cadonofrio 06/22/2017

Beautiful day; suprisingly few people; very clean shoreline.

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220 Hillsideshack 06/22/2017 View full report 0
218 dderickson 06/20/2017

Very windy day, with some strong gusts -- I watched a crow get blown backward as it tried to take off. I got sand in my eye (in spite of sunglasses over vision glasses) so I didn't venture too much into the drier areas. The dunes are developing, and most of the driftwood in the high zone is sand-covered. I was hoping to spot some of the "recently publicized" pyrosomes, but no luck; there was not much material of any kind in the recent wrack.

(Just realized as I was filing this that my mile number is the same as the new apartment I moved into last month!)  :-)

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340 edjoyce 06/20/2017 View full report 3
226 George and Sheila 06/20/2017

All humans were either along Otter Crest Loop Road driving and occasionally getting out of their cars to enjoy the scenery or at the Lookout at observation points or in the interpretive center/gift shop. Note that on this mile, the clipped basalt shoreline restricts access and thus significantly limits human activity along the shoreline. The only wildlife of interest were the cormorants nesting on the cliff face and resting on the small sea stack just north of the Lookout. As is usual, no physical changes were observed, though photographic monitoring continues every quarter with each report.

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210 B M George 06/18/2017

A beautiful day at the beach.  The beach was in pristine condition.  No garbage!!!  Some evidence of erosion on the cliffs from the winter rain.  

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109 TRBishop 06/18/2017

Tide was low enough to hike around Coquille point from Merchants Beach to Wisky Run Beach. about a half dozen wind surfers were dancing in the waves at Wiskey Run - obviously a good day for it!

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239 ORbeach 06/18/2017

A beautiful day to be out.  Very little trash collected ... one piece of line and a few plastic pieces.  Found 3 (presumably) dead purple ochre stars in a pile of wood & algae debris above the waves; threw them back in the water but they probably won't survive.

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110 TRBishop 06/18/2017

Quite a few out enjoying the beautiful Father's Day. Nothing out of the ordinary to report, except the coast trail at the southern section of the mile is now overgrown and unpassable about half way up the hill.

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14 artist 06/18/2017

There were signs of recent cliff erosion and a trail-marking sign left by an organized hiking group. I left the sign, though maybe I should have removed it.

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211 Chad101 06/17/2017

Standing water and muddy sand in only one small area.  In general beach slopes continuously to ocean.  Not much plastic debris, large number of rocks, 3 kinds of kelp that I noticed (bull kelp, sea palm, kelp identified as "feather boa kelp" in one of my books).  Beach continues to have mostly broken shells and large numbers of stones.  There was a rocky substratum exposed above the sand at time of my last report; it is almost all covered in sand again now.  Water quite low in Thiele Creek.

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7 DewPoint Dave 06/13/2017

Sunny morning at low tide with lots of beach and exposed rocks for the 26 people and 9 dogs to explore and enjoy.

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316 newton 06/13/2017

Counted 8 large sea stars and found 3 juvenille sea stars around Ecola Point

Lots of mussells, barnacles, chitons and anemones

2 black oystercatchers and possible one juvenille oystercatcher on the cliffside at Ecola Point.

 

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169 oceanwalker842 06/12/2017

Walk started out 100% cloud cover. By the time we got out of the car the sun decided to show itself and the remainder of the walk was absolutely beautiful. Typical small bits of broken clam shells and an occasional crab casing. one clump of seaweed and one gull that kept its distance about 100 feet in front of us for most of the walk. Only other sign of life was two darker birds  probably crow or raven gliding over the dunes. too far away to distinguish species.

I did have company ...a friend and his two granddaughters.

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307 Bald Eagle 06/11/2017

A very nice morning on the beach.  There was a large piece of debris on the rocks (picture attached).  It measures about 10 feet by 7 feet and is made of fiberglass.  There were no sea stars on the rocks at Arch Cape.  The beach was very clean.  There was a small slide on a bluff on mile 307 (about 4 cubic yards).

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172 oldMGguy 06/10/2017

Beautiful evening for a stroll on Mile 172 (north of the Driftwood Shores Resort.  Looks like a bumper crop of "Beach Hopper" amphipods (Traskorchestia traskiana) this summer, as they were hopping all over the wet beach sand.  Most were 1/4" to 1/2" in length.

A baby Pacific Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina richardsi) was parked on the wet sand a few hundred feet north of the resort restaurant.  An adult harbor seal was in the near surf.  The pup looked healthy, alert, nice coloration, no entanglements observed.  I headed off two women who were heading out to "save" the pup.  As a volunteer naturalist up at Cape Perpetua, I've attended a number of marine mammal seminars, so I stayed near the pup for about 30 minutes educating several dozen curious beach walkers on harbor seal behavior and their environment.  Basically "The kid's OK, this is normal, stand back and leave it alone".

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322 [email protected] 06/07/2017

The weather was partly cloudy with a light on shore wind. There were beach walkers, runners, dogs, and some playing in the surf. The drift line contained crab shells, kelp, feathers, plastic debris and a dead pelican. The rocks on the North end of the mile are starting to be covered a bit by wind blown sand.

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293 stu and barb 06/05/2017

Pretty happy with the condition of our beach, especially just one week after Memorial Day and the kite festival crowds.  Picked up less than one bag of the routine bottles, cans, small plastics & paper...expected more.  60 or so post weekend beach goers enjoying the nice clean sand.  Just rocks, shells, and a little drift wood decorating the beach on the incomming tide.  Only one "junky" bonfire site, while the other dozen or so were left clean...seems like most people are getting the message.  A great sunny day to enjoy Rockaway Beach.

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147 lyndell 06/05/2017

Mile 147 was relatively free from human generated garbage like campfire rings.  We did pick up plastic bottles and small pieces of debris that had washed ashore.  In addition we piled garbage along miles 146 and 145 and will send the GPS locations to the Park personnel to remove when they patrol. 

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199 bahngarten 06/04/2017

14 people enjoying a sunny warm almost cloudless day. Many adult live mole crabs digging in the sand to lay eggs at low tide.  High tide line all along this mile had large amounts of tiny mole crab carcasses along with sand dollar pieces and  scattered dungeness crab parts (all shells were 4-5" across). I wonder if they were thrown back, because of small size and didn't survive? Clean beach, few western gulls and 1 crow.

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198 bahngarten 06/04/2017

Warm, sunny day with 14 people walking or sitting on beach.  Low drift line content had many live mole crabs burrowing in sand to lay eggs.  High tide line had many tiny mole crab carcasses, along with sand dollar parts and scattered Dungeness crab parts, all shells were 4-5"..wonder if these were thrown back in the ocean ( too small) by crab fishermen and didn't survive?  Clean beach.

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190 LyndaC 06/04/2017

 

a beautiful day, and a large number of visitors

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214 PCTronquet 06/04/2017

Human Activities ~  More people seem to be enjoying South Beach, Mile 214.....we've lived here two years, and see many more people on the beach this year.  The beach was remarkably clean.

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297 NehalemBay 06/03/2017

This was a beautiful early morning with some clouds and little wind.  The beach is long and gradual, with the large amount of wood deposited there now pushed up further toward the dunes.  The sand has covered some of the wood but it is still a jumble of all sizes of logs.  There were still small casings at the wrack line, and the remains of the Velella on the sand.  Nine people were out walking or running on the beach, one with a dog.  The area has restrictions on activity above the high water line to encourage Snowy Plover nesting.  No plovers were visable but there was lots of chirps in the area where the plovers have been seen before.  No other shore birds or gulls were around either.  Two bird carcasses were recorded, one a common Murre and the other just a wing that looked like that of a hawk.  There was little human debris and no changes to the landscape. 

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196 Pardiatthebeach 06/02/2017

We started surveying this beach for marine debris in December 2016 for COASST. This is our first report for Coast Watch. Many more people walking the beach this month, and more dogs. Much less debris washing in. Only found one piece of large debris, rope. Also within our survey rectangles we found virtually no small debris (less than 2.5cm), and only 14 pieces of medium (2.5-50 cm). Not much of a wrack line, and the wood line seems to be consolidating along the bluff. Sand is building back in and high tides are no longer reaching vegetation/bluff in most areas. Did see a partial set of tire tracks. 

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184 bluemoonjoanie 05/26/2017

Beautiful and quite walk on mile 184. The -1.8 tide made tide pool exploring amazing, as this mile has beautiful rock formations, abundent with sea life. The usual plastic debri throughout the high tide areas.  Two old large crab pots are still embeded in the cave areas.  The sea stars looked very healthy; with young ones present as well as adult size. No signs of the wasting disease! Yeah!   

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