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324 jessejones 12/03/2021 DISPATCH

Gorgeous day for documenting the king tides, which we mild because of very little rains this week. Sunny, a few shorebirds, a lot of brown sea foam (diatoms) left from receding tides. 

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204 Jon French 12/03/2021

I walked down to Driftwood Beach about an hour after the morning's King Tide. The water hadn't run up too high on the beach, but as always there was evidence of previous strong tidal surges--a concrete block in the sand, bull kelp in Buckley Creek where it enters the beach, new driftwood logs and stumps. With the continued closure of Driftwood Wayside for the PacWave South wave energy project, hardly anyone was on the beach to enjoy a beautiful December day. Despite the recent wet weather (my rain guage measured a total of 21.5" for October and November), work continues on the PacWave South project both at Driftwood Wayside and east of Highway 101. For the most recent updates and photos from PacWave, see:

https://pacwaveenergy.org/constructionupdates/

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214 MatthewsE 12/03/2021

A much busier day on the beach than yesterday. 18 surfers! King tide day! No beached birds or other wildlife found. Five snowy plovers up on the bare/veg zone. Sunny day!

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225 CherieE53 12/03/2021 DISPATCH View full report 1
214 MatthewsE 12/02/2021

My first beach walk. I was amazed by the width of this beach from the surf zone to the wood zone....I did a lot of S-shaped walking!

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196 Pardiatthebeach 12/01/2021

Higher tides are making it up to bluff in some places but sand has not been washed our yet. Very little debris of any sort coming in. In fact no large debris at all this month.

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188 GasiorowskiM 11/30/2021

A few people and dogs were walking on the beach, enjoying the beautiful day.  Some may have been fishing.  There is graffiti at some places on the bluffs and a driftwood shelter on the south beach.  Approximately 50 seals were lounging on rocks offshore.  There were some gulls, cormorants, a few ducks, anemones, hermit crabs, and many mussels  as well.  The bluffs overlooking the north and south beaches are badly eroded in many places and may undermine the parking area and highway 101 in the coming years.  The lower bluff below the parking area is badly eroded as well. 

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254 Neskowin254 11/27/2021

Aside from the large amount of jellyfish there was not much out of the ordinary.

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26 hobbins 11/25/2021 View full report 2
193 tietjenl 11/24/2021 DISPATCH

A single dead sea lion observed on the beach at the Yachats estuary this morning. I'm a novice, but apparently an adult. There was blood around the mouth, but no other obvious damage to the body that was facing up. See attached photos. 

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219 YHONA 11/22/2021

Visitors behaving and being considerate of resource. Usual amount of plastic trash. Large amount of drift wood and logs due to rough seas. Limited beach access due to high tide at time of report. Winter beach steep slope.

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99 tbowspencer 11/22/2021

Although there has been over 9 inches of rain since October 1, both creeks (Johnson and Crooked) on mile 99 are at lower than expected levels of max depth of approx 5 inches at usual crossing spots. There is very little marine debris  (e.g. plastics, styrofoam pieces) visible along the high tide lines. The east bank of Johnson Creek has noticably more large gorse roots exposed than the last report. 

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184 simmonsk 11/22/2021

It was a quiet day on Ocean Beach.  I only observed 3 other people in the time I was there.  It looks like winter weather has arrived on the beach.  Most of the rock fields toward the north end are exposed.  The bluffs were showing signs of erosion.  I'm assuming this is due to the recent King Tide and generally high tides of the fall.   There is also a lot more driftwood on the beach again at the north end.  Not any large trees but considerably more than on last month's report.  I also noticed quite a bit of fishing rope of different sizes in the debris line all along the beach.  

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203 Nancy Thomas 11/20/2021

Most obvious was the change in the beach due to wave removal of the dunes.  The erosion of the foredune by Buckley Creek was significant. Lack of much sea plant material, mostly rocks in wrack.  One bird carcass and two short-billed/mew gulls.  Only a couple Western Gulls seen as well.

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274 rogans 11/17/2021

While there was quite a bit of storm debris on the beach, there was no evidence of overtopping.

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339 edjoyce 11/17/2021

Typcial beach for this time of year.  Dune erosion + more marine debris.

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254 heidenreichh 11/16/2021 View full report 0
303 DeborahP 11/16/2021

We observed typical post rain/storm erosion and debris. The wrack line was surprisingly clean of trash. The concrete dock is becoming buried under sand.

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220 DKPowell 11/16/2021

A cold partly cloudy day. The tide was already high enough that reaching "Keyhole" at north cliff of Yaquina wasn't possible.

The beach only had 2 persons, but I got several pictures of partial rainbows.

With chicks fledged, total bird count 50-75.

The sand was clear of microplastics, although several larger Styrofoam pieces were pesent.

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182 mj6dolphin 11/15/2021

China creek and Big creek with large amounts of water in them due to recent rainfall. There are numerous pieces of jellyfish everywhere due to recent ruff seas. There continues to be undercutting of the dune on Muriel Ponsler.I will attach photos.

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197 mudslide 11/13/2021

Another beautiful day on the mile, warm and calm, after a couple of days of heavy rain. The beach was very clean, and the wrack line mostly consisted of small pieces -- pine needles, sand crab molts, some crab parts, etc. I didn't see much bull kelp. About 38 people, including 4 children, were walking on the beach, along with nine dogs, two on leashes. One young man stripped to his shorts and galloped into the shallows but didn't stay very long. A fairly large set of chunks had recently fallen from the bluff within the first half-mile south of the campground, and a couple of minor ones farther on. The majority of campsites were occupied.

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281 dianalt333 11/13/2021

A beautiful November fall day at Oceanside Beach, weather was mostly sunny and comfortable.  Winds approx. 5mph. High tide had just occured shortly after I arrived. Lots of folks enjoying the day and I haven't seen this many dogs on this beach before, it was nice to see.  Where there is normally mostly sand, the beach was blanketed with small rocks, pebbles, and bits of shells.  Made for a good day of rock hunting for people.  Clouds rolled in early afternoon.

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183 Sandy Watch 11/10/2021

Not much access to southside of Rocky Knoll do too tide level. Trail erosion due to rain at Rock Creek and south access trail at Roosevelt Beach. Both trails are still accessible.

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306 jkcornelius 11/08/2021

These observations were made over the last 3 months walking the beach at different times of day but not keeping a record which I will try to start.

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204 Jon French 11/08/2021 After the weekend's King Tides and wind, rain, sleet, hail, thunder and lightning, sun breaks, and beautiful cumulonimbus sunsets (with NOAA predicting 55 mph gusts for tonight), Driftwood Beach was sunny and calm this morning. The King Tides had run up to the dunes fronting the sand cliffs, depositing big clumps of Bull Kelp and washing away what little had remained of the seasonal mid-beach rolling dunes. Over the ocean, long lines of geese were flying south. Away from the beach, work continues on PacWave South's wave energy project, with drilling originating from Driftwood Wayside progressing towards the installation of undersea cables which will bring ashore the wave energy collected offshore. At the Wayside and across Highway 101 to the east, preparations are being made for a half mile or so of underground horizontal drilling to run transmission cables from the Wayside to PacWave's "Utility Connection and Monitoring Facility" on Wenger Lane, where the electricity generated offshore will feed into Central Lincoln PUD's electrical grid. View full report 10
49 Skip-Jane-Legacy 11/06/2021

All in all it was quiet, cloudy weather probably keeping people from visiting - that and there were more action-packed places to see the King Tide in action. We didn't spend too much time because we were going to hit Mile 48 and knew the tide was coming in fast. As noted in the debris section, the "pocket beach" on the north side of Battle Rock had a lot more trash than the rest of the Port Beach, far too much to clean before the tide rushed up. 

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48 Skip-Jane-Legacy 11/06/2021

Couldn't get to the south end of the mile due to the King Tide waves running up too high. Risked getting cut off from being able to get back to the parking lot. Took pix down the beach from the middle. Didn't see any huge issues or concerns, other than the amount of debris that had been washed up and wondering about cleanup efforts after the series of King Tides is over. Looks like it would take a LOT of effort to clean up, and curious to know if anything is planned. We drove to Hubbard Creek access and went down on the south side of the creek (not Mile 48) but couldn't get across the creek to walk the southern section of the mile.

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129 [email protected] 11/05/2021

A quiet day at the beach on a King Tide day.  Big ocean swells and short time between waves.  Low winds and partly sunny.  One seal out in the water.

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193 SKMacK 11/05/2021

Despite significant rain and wind during the night, the sun came out and the morning was quite beautiful. Probably because of that a lot of people were out with their dogs. The signage at marker 77 has apparently been washed away, but otherwise I saw no major changes in the topography of the shoreline since the stairs were replaced. I was surprised to see the dead whale again, as it had disappeared the last time I was in Yachats, presumably moved further out to sea by the tides.

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264 rbourke 10/31/2021

Unseasonably warm for late October.  Clean beach with very few people. 

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220 Hillsideshack 10/31/2021 View full report 6
219 YHONA 10/30/2021 View full report 0
202 Jon French 10/27/2021 DISPATCH

I have reported before on the problems of erosion and sand accumulation along the southern portion of NW Oceania Drive paralleling Mile 202's Bayshore Beach. Houses on the seaward side of the street, mostly vacation rentals, are not located landward of a relatively stable dune ridge, as are houses further north, but were built atop and within an active foredune. Last Sunday, gusty Southwest winds began blowing sand in from the beaches. After three days of wind, rain, and blowing sand, the result was the sandy White Christmas shown here, not really that bad for an Oceania Drive winter storm, but this is only October.  The sand on the road will be scooped up and hauled off. As is permitted, the sand around the houses, clean in theory (see my previous report), will be scooped up and dumped over the foredune back onto the beach.

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145 Mike Mueller 10/25/2021 View full report 8
199 seagazer 10/25/2021 DISPATCH

This dispatch is an update on the continuing armoring projects taking place on mile 199 - Wakonda Beach. Last year, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department issued emergency permits for (north to south) 5290, 5304, 5318 and 5330 SW Pacific Coast Highway, Waldport due to severe loss of the embankments on their beach sides. Permanent armoring permits were issued for PERMIT # (North to South): #2973, #2974, #2975, and #2976 as on continuous project. The concern was that there was so much loss that there was a threat by the high surf to the septic systems of the properties. Another part of this report will address the question of whether it is necessary to add beach sand and beach grass over the top of the structure considering that almost all of the sand and grass has been washed off of the rock structure installed on the beach side of the four properties to the south of this new structure two years ago this month. Those addresses are 5346, 5362, 5368, 5378 and 5392 Pacific Coast Highway (first image below).

From the permit application:

"The details for the structure on Tax Lot 400 (Wiren and Ford) include poured concrete steps and a handrail for beach access to serve the neighboring properties."

From the permit issued to 5290 (Per # 2976), it includes:

"A poured concrete stairway over the riprap may be included in the project."

No stairway is evident in the project as of completion date. This would be extremely helpful if open to neighbors and renters since the Wakonda Beach access becomes washed out and completely impassable from being washed out by winter storms. It is only repaired when other beach projects are permitted that require equipment to get on the beach.

 

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238 Cathy238 10/22/2021

Some beach accesses are not presently usable. Seagull Lane/Beach Grass Lane access is being used by heavy equipment and area should be avoided. Accesses at lot 281, Circle Road, #50A and at lot 333 are dangerous drop-offs. A new access between lot 347 and 349 is usable and leads straight out to the beach. The beach has an unusual amount of debris. King tides will start next month.

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262 Linda Fink 10/18/2021

strange bright liquid oozing out of bluff bank (photo attached), trail down bluff well used and causing erosion (photo attached)

3 of the 16 people hunting for nurdles, toxic plastic pellets, as part of a world wide catalog in October of the extent of nurdle pollution

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26 hobbins 10/18/2021

There had been some shot gun activity at this beach. lots of wads on the beach. Found two dead emaciated birds. never seen that before. 

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315 tabeag 10/15/2021

Beautiful day to hike in to Crescent Beach.  Saw gulls chasing an adult eagle by Chapman Point, a pair of hawks gliding overhead for over an hour and a half, and six black oystercatchers foraging on a rock at the end of Crescent Beach.  Tide was fairly high, so there were not many people on the beach.

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200 KFunk 10/15/2021

Entered the beach at Patterson State Park to start the mile. As I started walking south near the ocean, there were little pieces of jellyfish on the tide line. I continued walking south and saw kelp, bull kelp, feathers, some crab pieces, a few moon jellies, and a couple of pieces of wood with nails in them. Observed 2 dead birds near the tide line and 3 bird skeletons near the bluffs. Many walkers were enjoying the sunny, windless morning. Reached the end of the mile and walked back near the dunes and bluffs. One of the goals today was to look for nurdles. The strand line was obvious and it was easy to find microplastics in the clumps of sticks and seaweed. I sorted through some of the clumps looking for nurdles. Most of the microplastics were small white round little pieces that were squishy and appeared to be styrofoam. I also found larger pieces of styrofoam near them. I did find 1 small (2mm) rigid white piece of plastic, most likely a nurdle. By no means did I do an exhaustive nurdle hunt, so I suspect where there is one there are many. 
 

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185 Lfleming 10/14/2021

Florence had some rain but when we got to the mile it was just overcast and kept getting brighter.   A lot of gulls and crows were sitting on the rocks near the ocean.  Usually they are on the sand or by the fresh water coming from the creek.  This time of year the sand is leaving the beach but in the middle section it was higher than in the summer.  Very unusual.   We saw 11 species of birds, two of them were new for our mile.    The tide was high so we only saw one harbor seal that was in the water.  One orange sea star out on the rocks.

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225 CherieE53 10/13/2021 DISPATCH

The was a lot of Ball Kelp on the beach, more than you would normally see, other than that everything appeared normal. I also saw about 25 Western Gulls, 2 Harbor Seals. and 3 Pelagic Comorants.

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339 edjoyce 10/13/2021 DISPATCH

Nothing noteworthy.

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202 Jon French 10/13/2021

With the November 2nd election approaching, yard signs are up on Oceania Drive, which parallel's Mile 202's Bayshore Beach, supporting and opposing Lincoln County ballot initiative 21-203, which would restrict and phase out short term rental vacation houses (STRs) in certain unincorporated residential areas of the county, including Mile 202 and all of the Bayshore community.  Of the approximately 60 residences on Oceania fronting Mile 202's beach, Lincoln County Assessor records show that only seven or so are locally owned, more than twenty owned by out-of-staters, and the remainder owned by Oregon residents outside of Lincoln County. Meredith Lodging, an STR management company, has donated $200,000 towards efforts to defeat 21-203, and perhaps not surprisingly, there are more signs on Oceania houses opposing than supporting the measure. On the beach side of a few of the Oceania houses, I came upon the remains of some construction debris that had been dumped onto the dunes and which I reported to one of our local Beach Rangers. Otherwise, a beautiful day on Mile 202.

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1 mmcdowell 10/12/2021

High tide reaching close to vegetation (composed of European beach grass) above the waveslope. Beach condition pristine; no litter (except for a fresh half eaten sub sandwich sitting on a log). Flock of gulls at mouth of Winchuck including a couple Heerman's gulls. 

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212 PhilBSB 10/09/2021

Two locations with various degrees of erosion.  One consists of a large chunk of the bluff that broke loose and landed on the beach.  The second is erosion around a large drain pipe that extends to the beach from an unstable bluff area.

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116 alaingamerica 10/09/2021

A pleasant day at South Cove, not many visitors. A stranded California Sea Lion, a call went out to the Stranded Marine Mammal Network. Saw a Mottled Sea Star, Evasterias troschelii, and may do a Sea Star Survey, even though I saw no Sea Stars suffering Wasting Disease. I aslo saw no Nurdles. I did however see two deer. Theywere on the beach for a bit, then traipsed over the cliffs. Saw a dead crab and gumboot chiton. Saw 3 people fishing, one was using WD40 and stated the rainbows in the water attracted fish. This is a myth, BTW, and no good reason to pollute the water, but it is not illegal. WD40 does what it can to disabuse people of this notion. It seems to me there is less drift wood at the South Cove than usual. 

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143 mruggiero 10/07/2021

10 people on beach, including 5 birdwatchers, 2 dogs (one of which was off leash), people walking with off leash dog allowed dog to chase gulls and were pushing a flock of sandlerings down the beach in front of them. 8 dead birds (reported to COASST) mostly common murres as expected here. Snowy Plovers at the north end of the mile.

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243 garretta 10/07/2021

Clear, quiet mid-week day with surprisingly few people. Photo shows NW 15th Street, Lincoln City, Oregon, high sand and high tide but not at the highest tide for the day.

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223 adelmanc 10/03/2021

Beach access area has been repaired and access is easier than before. Most people were being respectful. One family was allowing children to climb up embankments south of beach access. 2 people were working together with a hoe to collect something from the base of embankment north of the beach access area. No obvious large debris from recent visitors but many microplastics along the high tide lines.

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239 mlbutowitsch 10/03/2021

It was a beautful day to walk our mile.  No real action on the Salishan spit part of our mile, but lots of activity and people on the Mo's side.

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52 [email protected] 10/02/2021

4 people walking on beach; 4 people digging for agates; 1 unleashed dog; no vehicles, but tracks were present. Beach swept mostly clean by recent tides; very little trash or plastic; no "nurdles" (plastic pellets) observed; 5 western snowy plovers resting together in dry sand; 1 alive stranded duck (brief look - unknown species); 1 dead brown pelican; 3 dead common murre. Area of cut shore pines on bluff (likely private property, but unknown). Notice of pesticide spraying posted at Paradise Point parking area.

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261 beattieb 09/25/2021

Busy busy day at the cape.  500 cars parked is just a number, lot was full people circling for a spot.   We saw three wedding parties and one engagement party.  Many walkers, surfers and sitters present.  Minor garbage, plastic toys and cigarette butts main garbage seen.  

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102 beachnut 09/25/2021

The northern half of this mile was engulfed by thick fog, but still attracted two other beach goers searching for agates. A large flock of gulls gathered near the jetty as low tide neared. There was no visible litter. Scores of small clear jellies marked the tide lines. So did small rocks, sand dollars, sea palms and kelp. Bullards allows beach access only from 7 a.m. to dusk.

The southern half the next day was cloudy with southerly winds. Two people and one leashed dog walked the beach. Four common murres were dead in the tide lines. Also there were bull kelp, small stones, sea grass, sea palms, mostly small clear jellies and clusters of mussels. Dog bags of waste constituted the only litter. They were pretty obvious in red bags, but the people left them anyway. Much of the driftwood was covered by sand or taken out to sea. What remained largely was used for huts.

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186 dbpcar 09/25/2021

Foggy, Temp 53 degrees F, Wind 5 mph from the NW

Low tide at 0840 listed as 2.46' and High tide at 1442 listed as 6.46'

31 people and 3 dogs observed doing a variety of activities. This included kite flying which is the first time we have observed this.

Fat tire bicycle tracks were observed in the sand

1 dead Common Murre was found and reported to COASST

Buried tire in sand just south of Agate Creek. (pic 26) This had been a step for the beach access stairs leading up to 95648 Hwy 101

Old set of stairs coming down from 95500 Hwy 101 that were damaged during the winter storms has been repaired with a new large base installed at the bottom. (pic 32 with a comparison photo taken on 4/17/2021 (pic32)). Previously the steps sat on rocks and sand. Earlier photos available

There was an increased amount of sand observed on the beach.   (pic 35 with a 2019 comparison of the area (closeup picture))

Tenmile Creek outflow was going straight into the ocean which is a change from its normal serpentine route. (pic 38 with a 2019 comparison of the area (pic 85))

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184 simmonsk 09/25/2021

It was a blustery, foggy day on Ocean Beach.  Several people were enjoying the beach from the parking lot overlook perhaps due to the rougher surf and higher low tide.  Most of the sand dunes are gone from the beach and the rock field at the north end of the beach is once again exposed; it's almost agate hunting time!!!  Lots of seagulls hanging out enjoying the beach.  

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103 beachnut 09/25/2021

Rock hunters delight in this otherwise boring stretch of beach; 3 were mining away in a big bed of small stones despite heavy fog and their 4 at-large dogs. One guy was just walking. A large flock of gulls stretched along the water line while sanderling-size birds flitted to and fro. Kelp, small stones and shells marked tide lines, as did numerous small clear jellies and larger specimens in red or gold tones. No litter, probably because of recent winds. Stormy waves had eroded areas of vegetated foredune. Sand drifts were deep along the dune base and may have covered the winter crop of drift wood. Bullards has closed beach access; 7 a.m. to dusk are the open hours. We early risers are out of luck there. 

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111 TRBishop 09/24/2021

A beautiful early fall day with very light wind... The only remarkable thing was the extremely low flow in the waterways, lower than I've ever observed here, undoubtedly as a result of the severe/extreme drought in Coos County this year.... Merchant Creek at Seven Devils Wayside was so low that most people took advantage of the opportunity to step across it and hike mile 110... The waterfall cascading down the bluff at about mile 111.5 was barely visible, and only a trickle... I'll attach photos for documentation.

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274 allison 09/23/2021

The sand dune that protects the campground is just falling away and revealing an odd collection of large white plastic bags and black landscape cloth that is shredding and flopping around in the wind. Seriously ugly. 

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338 Randy and Beth 09/23/2021

A very mild day on our mile with "flat" ocean waves and smell of clams. The beach was very clean of debris. First time we have seen the carcass of a brown pelican on the mile. 

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26 hobbins 09/22/2021

More debis on the shore this walk. Found rope used for crab pots.

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339 edjoyce 09/22/2021

Nothing unusual except for the 6 dead Common Murres.  Dead murres have been reported all along the coast.

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226 gsmeyer 09/21/2021

There was no human activity on or near the shoreline.  Nothing was observed with respect to wildlife.  No physical changes were observed since the last report.  The only human activity observed was well away from the shoreline - thus not described previously) - on Otter Crest Loop (old hwy. 101), where there was light traffic including a bicyclist and one person with dog in a van "hanging out", and vehicles coming and going from the Lookout area, where one person in a van with a cat was staying for a time.

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301 kbrookscopony 09/20/2021

Sunny, warm day at mile 301 on Monday. Relatively little debris on the sand, with some driftwood high up on the boulders. One enormous stump is still up on high-tide line. We have been observing this stump and taking coordinates since 12/31/2020; it has moved 300 meters southeast in 2021, about 7 meters since 8/7/21. Driftline content: eel grass, small rocks, a few broken sand dollars, and remnants of jellies - I believe a few Aequorea victoria (water jelly) and many, perhaps hundreds, of dime-sized Sea Gooseberry (comb jelly) on the sand. Some boulders nearest the surf have a light coverage of barnacles and seaweed. Five gulls rested on boulders around the halfway mark. Six pelicans observed flying south around Neahkahnie. One disarticulated Dungeness crab being eaten by a seagull on the shore, and about a dozen other gulls hanging out on the sand along the southern quarter-mile. Minimal signs of trash including one plastic bottle cap and a plastic trash bag. In the hour I was observing mile 301, 17 people and 6 dogs (5 off-leash) were viewed walking in the area. 

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289 ollikainen 09/20/2021

This mile is not surveyed 4 times a year since it became a designated bird nesting area.  I decided to skip the others since our dog enjoys surveys far more than we do.

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204 Jon French 09/20/2021

The continued closure of Driftwood Wayside for OSU's PacWave wave energy testing project means that today's Mile 204 walk was more like three miles, with few people on the beach despite this being a beautiful sunny day. After the recent storm, the rolling dunes that form in summer are beginning to wear down a bit. Near Buckley Creek, I came upon Turkey Vultures scavenging a carcass which Jim Rice at the Marine Mammal Stranding Network identified as an adult California Sea Lion, the prominent sagittal crest on top of the skull being diagnostic. In the driftlines were numerous bird remains which I believe were young Common Murres. I had taken an injured young Common Murre to the Oregon Coast Aquarium a couple of weeks ago for rehabilitation, and the intake person noted that the young Murres can have a tough time adapting to life at sea and often wash ashore this time of year. 

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195 daveincamas 09/18/2021 DISPATCH

I was just curious if a person who is knowledgeable about geology could explain what I'm seeing in the cliff here?  It looks like a layer of burned wood in clay, with sandstone above and below.  Location is 44.3531950110978, -124.09542113096815

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297 NehalemBay 09/15/2021

 

It was a beautiful day with strong wind, few people, lots of dead Murres, no debris, and no more restrictions for the Snowy Plover. The beach is very long, with old wrack lines of seaweed but nothing at the current tideline.  There were 9 cars in the parking lots but only 7 people seen on the beach, 4 walking, 2 on horseback and one sitting in a little shelter.  No birds except a couple vultures were in the sky.  The restrictions for Snowy Plover nesting have been removed.  And the beach was clean of human debris with the sand built into waves from the wind.  Unfortunately there was a wreck of Common Murres with 16 carcasses found, most pretty fresh.  One brown Pelican, and a Sooty Shearwater were also found.  

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194 tietjenl 09/15/2021

A wonderfully blustery, but sunny day! The waves looked enticing if you enjoy surfing! Walked the mile from south to north and didn't see any people until the Adobe. Found one dead bird just south of the Adobe [see picture]. Will use some resources to try to ID the dead bird. Saw more Killdeer than usual, foraging and flying. Was not able to identify several birds swimming past the surf - profile of a cormorant with a slender neck, but dark and white bodies with a dark head. Remarkably few people and dogs on the beach, possibly due to the windy day and time of year. 

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144 mruggiero 09/14/2021

A couple fresh dead common murres being fed on by turkey vultures. People with off leash dogs on the beach, some of which disturbed gulls and peep sp.. Snowy plovers on the upper beach. Most beach visitors walking or sitting.

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293 stu and barb 09/14/2021

Observed approx. 40 people, 17 dogs, and just a few seagulls.  A very clean drift line including several large jellyfish.  The high tide line and beach fire sites contained the typical momentos left by inconsiderate beach visitors...cans, bottles, plastic, socks (3), masks (2), poop bags (2), and half a dozen beach toys.  12 dead birds were also noted.  Was hoping for a more positive report this time...but alas.

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307 Bald Eagle 09/13/2021

There were 18 people and 6 dogs walking on the beach.

There were about 50 brown pelicans on the beach and about 25 pelicans on nearby Gull Rock.  See picture.

There were pelicans on the shoreline on the previous day at Cove Beach.  See pictures.

The beach was very clean.

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101 GarrettSEA 09/13/2021

Very nice day on the beach, a fair number of folks on beach, very few birds on the islands, Gulls and Cormorants mostly.  One dieing harbor seal just north of mile 101 being proteted by stranding volunteers. Note, unable to add photo of the dead bird as it was greater than the 8 MB limit and do not know how to reduce the size.

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291 MossierJ 09/13/2021 DISPATCH

I was mistaken in identifying murlettes - they are immature common murres.  The live murre was still alive the following morning (9/13 at 6:30am), but then a crow came and was pecking at it.  

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291 MossierJ 09/12/2021

1 live murrelet, 1 dead murrelet, 1 dead cormorant.  Didn't know what to do about the live murrelet on the beach.  Called North Coast Wildlife Center, but it was after hours.  Left the bird on the beach.

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281 dianalt333 09/11/2021

Weather was very pleasant which made for an enjoyable September day doing a Coastwatch mile.  It was low tide upon arrival with small waves, gradually increasing in size later in the day. Beach was very clean with hardly any trash or ocean debris, seaweed, or kelp.

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224 malachite 09/11/2021

Pretty day on the beach,  I was on the beach when the tide was going out, my South Beach tide table indicates the low tide in SB was at 9:43 am & 1.43'.    The water line was pretty far out, alot of the beach often underwater was exposed.    The two dogs (one was mine) on the beach did not chase the few birds I saw: maybe 15 gulls & 10 or 11 crows.  I did hear some bird calls on my way back that I didn't recognize.  I don't do sound direction that well, the sounds seemed to come from over the water--I could see some birds way out over the water, didn't have binoculars w/me so could not even hazard a guess as to identification.    Always possible I was hearing land-based bird calls.   I am very familiar w/the sounds black oystercatchers make so am sure I wasn't hearing them.  

    I saw few people, all appeared to be enjoying a quiet uncrowded time on a beautiful beach or the water.   

The community above/adjacent to the beach is showing signs of being overwhelmed & overrun.   Welcome to Zanzibar in the US!

I've posted no photos as I don't know how to reduce them as required by Coastwatch, and it's my impression CW no longer allows photographers to copyright any photos they post.

 

  

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129 [email protected] 09/10/2021

Beautiful day at the beach.  Cloudy, but warm and sun shining through the clouds.  Pleasant breeze.

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254 heidenreichh 09/09/2021

There were many mussel shells clustered at McMinnville beach access, a deep hole (human dug) in front of the Breakers Condos, a lot of clear jellyfish (dead) in the tideline (not wrackline). Saw two dead common murres. There is increased erosion on this mile. 

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307 patecobb 09/09/2021

It was a quiet but foggy moring on cove beach.  A lot of sand has washed up this summer so there was tons of beach for just a 0.5 low tide. Lots of pelicans hanging out by the bird rocks.  There was lots of sand all the way through the arch leading to Arch Cape, and possible to walk in shallow water around the big rock separating the beaches.

This was the first time I've ever seen a shark washed up on the beach. It was spotted the night before by Miles and still seems relatively whole.  No indication as to why it died or had washed up.  The shark is about 3 ft long and was located just north of the bird rocks.

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219 YHONA 09/08/2021

Fog and low visibility were evident during today's survey. Low number of visitors at both beaches as well.

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311 browneyed 09/07/2021

Specifically came out for the new moon low-tide action, and Silver Point delivered. The cave/tunnel was almost fully exposed. Armored Chitons, hidden Dungeness crabs, and a pretty health Sea Star community. Seagulls make up most of the bird population, and they were stoked about all the tidal treats as well. It was a lovely morning. Happy to share the sights with the sparse amount of human visitors. There were no suprising developments on the coastline in terms of man-made or natural changes. It was as beautiful as ever. Mile 311 rules!!!

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225 CherieE53 09/03/2021 DISPATCH

I saw only a few surfers on the beach below the Devils Punchbowl state park trying to surf, but there was not enough wave action to surf. The cliffs appeared to be stable, and there were no falling trees. I did see about 4 Brown Pelicans, 10 Harbor Seals sunning themselves, and some Western Gulls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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261 beattieb 09/02/2021

Minimal garbage was found for thIs high use area.  I have heard volunteer citizens frequently clean up this area.  However there were still dog poop bags, discarded or lost jackets, head bands, shoes and some plastic bottle, coffee cup and can garbage visible.  

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225 CherieE53 09/02/2021 DISPATCH

All the visitors I saw were just taking pictures and enjoying the views. No one went beyond the fences. I saw 5 harbor seals sunning themselves, 20 Brown Pelican. and 26 Common Murres.

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300 cpendergrass 09/02/2021

Almost half of the people seen were kite surfers. The dead Mola mola was a sigificant find...the first I've found in 5 years of CoastWatch surveys. They are not uncommon in the open ocean near Manzanita but are rare on the beach.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 09/01/2021

Beach was windswept and empty of debris. However at waterline there were hundreds of jellyfish pieces and a few whole jellyfish. 

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200 KFunk 09/01/2021

Entered the beach at Patterson State Park to start this mile south of Patterson Creek. The creek was easy to cross. The multitude of Crystal Jellies on the driftline continued for the whole mile walking south. Observed 2 dead birds in the driftline and 1 dead bird buried in the sand closer to the dunes. Many walkers and runners were enjoying this beautiful sunny morning, as well as, a family playing in the sand and bikers riding by the surf. The dogs observed were either on a leash or in control by the owner. Reached the end of the mile near Big Stump and walked back near the dunes and bluffs. Saw evidence of erosion of the dunes and observed many large logs on top of the dunes. The bluffs also showed evidence of erosion.
 

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1 jessejones 08/31/2021 DISPATCH

Most important observation was the dumped contruction material - mostly wood -  at the end of a rough trail down the west side of dune. Reported it to the staff at the travel center, who also walk the beach, and to the ranger at Harris Beach. Plenty of colorfulful seaweed in the multicolored cobble and in the wrack. A few beachcombers picking up driftwood sticks and rocks. 

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185 Lfleming 08/30/2021

A lovely day and the summer sand is still there making it easy to walk.  A lot of people (23)  with their dogs (11)  but most stayed in the first couple sections of the beach.  One group was flying kites.  The tide wasn't really low so we didn't see any seastars out on the rocks.   One section of the beach had a lot of small dead jellyfish but they had been there awhile so we couldn't tell which kind.  Not much wind. A very pleasant day to be there. 

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26 hobbins 08/29/2021

Due to the wind there was not much activity on the beach. there was a bit more trash to pick up caught in the grasses.

There were no sand dollars on the beach.

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275 allison 08/28/2021

a photo of the drainfield pipes revealed by the dune eroding

photo of garbage picked up 

 

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255 bballentine 08/26/2021

Nice day for a walk on beach and saw several others doing same. Started walk with sun, ended with hevy cloud cover and light rain. Beach remains very clean with no plastic bottles, styrofoam, shotgun shells, etc. which were very common in years past. 

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303 angela whitlock 08/23/2021 DISPATCH View full report 2
99 tbowspencer 08/23/2021

Late August  along Mile 99 shows noticably lower sand dunes than in previous years. Both Johnson and Crooked Creeks are at very low levels less than 2 inches deep as they enter the ocean. There is more erosion of the bluff along the east bank of Johnson Creek, with large gorse roots exposed.

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206 Fawn and Mike 08/22/2021 DISPATCH

Large number of pelicans

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219 YHONA 08/20/2021

3 dead murres were identified at Cobble Beach. 2 of the remains appeared to be chicks and 1 of them was tagged by COASST. It was relatively calm for a Friday afternoon, as there weren't many visitors at either of the beaches. 

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184 simmonsk 08/19/2021

A warm foggy day on Ocean Beach brought out lots of walkers enjoying the day.  There are numerous sand dunes on the beach.  The caves mid beach are almost completely filled with sand.  Most dunes are under 6 feet high.  The debris line from mid beach to the north end was filled with a large concentration of jellies of all sizes.  Most were less than 3 inches but some were as large as 10 inches across.  The water was full of them as well.  I also noted several palm kelp in the debris line.  I also noted that the stairs leading to the beach are now covered with graffiti.  On a positive note, I didn't find any trash on this trip.  

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