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309 cadonofrio 06/21/2018

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

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338 Randy and Beth 06/21/2018

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

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331 alkarbeck 06/20/2018

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

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

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226 gsmeyer 06/20/2018

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

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101 beachnut 06/19/2018 DISPATCH

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

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

 

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240 midnite5484 06/18/2018

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

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102 beachnut 06/17/2018 DISPATCH

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

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221 KathyLJ 06/15/2018

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

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187 [email protected] 06/15/2018

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

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154 oldMGguy 06/13/2018

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

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

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

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254 Neskowin254 06/13/2018

Nothing unusual to report.

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211 Chad101 06/12/2018

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

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102 beachnut 06/12/2018 DISPATCH

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

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245 lvoelker 06/09/2018

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

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244 Victoria 06/08/2018

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

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181 lectricriderone 06/06/2018

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

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245 TerryH 06/06/2018

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

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185 Lfleming 06/06/2018

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

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213 PaulJulia 06/05/2018

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

 

 

 

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297 NehalemBay 06/05/2018

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

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255 bballentine 06/04/2018

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

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220 Hillsideshack 06/04/2018

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

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198 bahngarten 06/03/2018

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

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274 rogans 06/03/2018

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

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290 Foxglove290 06/02/2018

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

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101 beachnut 05/31/2018 DISPATCH

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

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253 Neskowin254 05/30/2018 DISPATCH

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

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315 JDPphotography 05/30/2018

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

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203 Beachwalker203 05/30/2018

A very quiet day on the beach.

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182 mj6dolphin 05/29/2018

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

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

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142 KerrieP 05/28/2018

Higher number of dead crabs in wrack line than usual.

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171 oldMGguy 05/28/2018

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

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286 [email protected] 05/28/2018 DISPATCH

Very clean beach, despite the holiday weekend.Some pyrosomes present. One dead sea lion.

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101 beachnut 05/28/2018 DISPATCH

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

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196 Pardiatthebeach 05/27/2018

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

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307 Bald Eagle 05/26/2018

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

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242 Bluewater 05/26/2018

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

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293 stu and barb 05/24/2018

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

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101 beachnut 05/22/2018 DISPATCH

I've been watching a harbor seal pup below Coquille Point since May 15. It is alert and hugs the rocks and high-tide areas around the two passes near Elephant Rock. I have yet to see its mother on sand but have noticed at least one adult swimming just north of the pup. Diane Bilderback and Eric Murtz are aware of the pup, but I don't know if they're monitoring later in the day.

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120 ronnijenni22 05/20/2018

A nice day at the beach. Lots of activity.

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310 newton 05/20/2018

Very nice day at the beach, low tide and it was still falling, one dog owner didn't seem physically able to clean up after their pets (two dogs that I cleaned up after).  I was plesantly surprised by the small amout of human trash left on the beach after a busy Saturday.    

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172 oldMGguy 05/19/2018

Took the missus out for a trial walk with her new walking sticks, initially heading north into the wind from Driftwood Shores Resort up to Sutton Creek and return with a nice tailwind.  The on-going stranding of "By-The-Wind Sailors (Velella velellas) is piling up gazillions of the creatures all along Mile 172 and the rest of the Heceta Beach area.  Almost of the sailors were in the 2-4" length range, with only a few small examples observed. There were hundreds of weekend visitors also out on the beach, most of whom were trying to figure out what all those little blue things were.

No significant marine mammal activity observed today.  Lots of grey/white Glaucous-winged gulls migrating northbound (slowly) into the wind, with one bird actively plunge-diving into the Sutton Creek outflow multiple times until driven off by a bald eagle who power-dived into the shallow water and grabbed a 4-6" fish from the same spot.

No litter or dead furry/feathered critters on the beach today - just a lot of folks out enjoying the sunshine!

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224 malachite 05/19/2018

A pretty nice day on the beach. Many people for a cloudy & cool day, concentrated at the north end of the mile. At least half, maybe 2/3s of the people present were surfers plus a few companions of surfers. 5-6 dogs, pretty much under control--a nice change. Same unusual number of whimbrels I've been seeing for at least 3 weeks on every beach I've been on from the north jetty of Newport to mile 224. I was on the beach from about 2:30pm to 3: 30 pm. High tide today at the HMSC dock in South Beach was predicted/calculated to be at 5:05pm, & 7.2' so perhaps it was about 5' or so when I was on the beach, I can't say for sure nor do I actually know what the range of temperatures was while I was on the beach. I was comfortable in a light sweatshirt & unzipped windbreaker & jeans so perhaps 50's to 60. I have no idea why the mile report asks for precise measurements of tide and temperature, I don't carry a thermometer or know how to perform whatever calculations are needed to extrapolate from high or low tide at the HMSC to my mile, maybe 7-8 miles north, yet the form doesn't allow for estimates.   The new form continues to demand quite likely inaccurate but precise responses w/regards to time, time, temperature.  I spent about an hour on the beach, 15-20 minutes doing the report, in part because I had to go back to page 1 to remove the ?s I had entered along w/my estimates of the tide height, temperature and # of parked vehicles.  At my access point, there are 3 separate moderately large parking areas.  I don't take the time to walk to or along each one and count the vehicles.  In addition, the # can change while I'm on the beach, sometimes significantly so.   So unless there are very few vehicles parked at the access point, the number I enter is always an estimate.   It's too bad the form hasn't been revised to reflect that if that's what the mile walker has done.  

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116 JamieF 05/19/2018

A beautiful day out, great low tide. People were respectful of the intertidal habitat. Having the watchful eyes of several OIMB graduate students on hand was no doubt a helpful factor.

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220 DKPowell 05/16/2018

The walk started with a very light mist, and then cleared off. The birds have returned to the Lighthouse area, I could have easily counted a thousand.

I noticed there is new plastic pipe showing at the equivalence of NW 61st Street from erosion near the top of the cliff.

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299 cpendergrass 05/14/2018

Activities of note on the beach ranged from building sand castles to riding bikes. A significant influx of dead Velella (invertebrates in the same family Cnidaria as jellies) have arrived from the open ocean to the beach as a result of the wind shift from the south winds of winter to the north winds of summer. 

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299 cpendergrass 05/14/2018

Significant influx of decaying Velella velella at the drift line. 42 people including 2 bicyclists; 13 walking/running; 15 playing in surf; 8 playing in sand; 4 sitting plus 3 dogs. 

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239 ORbeach 05/13/2018

A pleasant Mothers Day, with just a little light coastal fog.  Great day for wildlife spotting:  4 whimbrels, 1 brown pelican, 1 juvenile eagle, 10 turkey vultures, about 20 harbor seals (fewer than the normal number but there were also some in the water).  A few scattered Velella velella along the tide line.  One family had a dog who was very interested in the seals, but the people kept him in check.  When I went to investigate why there would be so many turkey vultures in a cluster on the beach, I came upon the carcass of a seal pup ... mostly intact except for the ribcage area.  This was about 40 yards from the water.  Very little trash to pick up today.

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102 beachnut 05/12/2018

Fog shrouded the beach on the northern segment of Mile 102 at 5:30 a.m. close to low tide of 0.8 feet. A north wind was of moderate strength. Wildlife was not so apparent until the return walk. By then the fog had lifted. Groups of wimbrels and sanderling-size birds foraged in the wet sand, as did several gulls. Driftline contained Velella velella, a few Dungeness crab shells, shell fragments, small rocks, red and bull kelps, one unknown dead bird with black and white feathers and an open chest cavity. Logs were abundant close to the upper parking lot of the Coquille River lighthouse but thinned out further along. Considerable wave overtopping and erosion of the foredune was evident. A man ran with 3 unleashed dogs in the wet sand.

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245 TerryH 05/11/2018 DISPATCH

Fairly clean, windswept beach.  No mass Velella velella strandings this season, only a scattering of large specimens (3-4 inches).  No pyrosomes seen today.  A fair amount of mole crab molt, typical for this time of year.  

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339 edjoyce 05/11/2018

All was fine, however the dune shows signs of recent dune erosion.

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171 oldMGguy 05/11/2018

Lots of bird activitiy on Heceta Beach today.  Two bald eagles, an osprey, the usual gaggle of turkey vultures, crows and ravens, sanderlings everywhere, several low-flying flocks of black turnstones heading north, a half dozen whimbrels, and a single Greater Yellowlegs (I think) with a long straight beak, tannish coloration, and noisy alarm calls as I walked by.  The alarm calls are apparently a distinquishing feature, according to my birding guide.

The turkey vultures have reduced the previously reported necropsied sea lion to not much more than a rib cage and hide and they're still working on it.  Only a few fresh Velella velellas have washed ashore today.  The usual gaggle of harbor seals were out feeding in the near-shore surf.

I've been walking Mile 171 for 12 years.  I went back and looked at older photos of the foredune at the south end of Mile 171 near the North Jetty Road parking lot.  The once straight-line fordune has now morphed into an upside-down "Y" shape, with a newer beachgrass-induced foredune building to the west of the original, joining together about 1/4 mile north of the jetty.  I'm guessing that since the sand can't migrate east anymore due to the beach grass, the beach is moving west ...

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102 beachnut 05/11/2018

No one else was out at 5:30 on an overcast, slightly windy morning heading south from the South Jetty. The tide was 1.6 feet and the temperature 50. Wildlife was not particularly evident--just a few gulls and crows. The driftline consisted of small rocks, shell fragments, Velella velella (both blue and bleached white), mussels, a few Dungeness crab shells, both red and bull kelps. Logs remain in spots along the vegetated foredune, which shows signs of wave overtopping. For unknown reasons, people are building log structures. I counted 3 intact and 2 collapsed. The summer cycle of northerly winds and calmer tides has started. Even at high tide, there is abundant beach.

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306 Frankie 05/10/2018 DISPATCH New slides on cliff. These are most likely caused by groundwater movement, not wave action. View full report 2
248 [email protected] 05/07/2018

Pelagic cormorants, pigeon guillemots, one bald eagle, and 4-5 harbor seals at Cascade Head.

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324 annadavidcrow 05/07/2018

I picked up about half a bag of plastic trash and bottles. 

Seemed like there were more than normal amount of dead crabs. 

Was pleasantly surprised to see mole crabs that were alive. 

I am attaching a picture of the river. It seems to be changing. Quite a few rocks that never use to be there.

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199 bahngarten 05/06/2018

Mod winds from SW on cloudy day. 13 people,2 dogs walking along beach.  Shells, pebbles, and some mole crab molt along high tide line.  Clean beach. Beachside campground 3/4 full. 

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195 WetWabbit 05/05/2018

It was a wonderful day for a walk on the beach. The summer crowds had not yet arrived. No unusual human activity was seen. The only unusual wildlife was a few pyrosomes (tunicates) in a small pool.

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228 DWhite 05/05/2018

Both the Whale Cove beach and Rocky Creek wayside were in good condition as usual, however there were rubber surf boards and a downspout that were found both on the beach below the houses on the bluff and hung up among small vegetation on the cliff in between the houses and the beach. Aparently wind had carried items from the yard of a resident, littering the beach below. Only two items were found that were likely washed up from the sea: a buoy and some netting. Evidence of a recent fire on the beach was present.

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278 Andy G 05/05/2018

Beach was remarkably free of litter or large man made debris such as pallets styrofoam, floats or rope. I suspect the in migration of sand has covered much of the normal debris.

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171 oldMGguy 05/04/2018

Another pleasent morning for a stroll along Heceta Beach!  Light NW wind, sunny and warm.  There has been an ongoing mass stranding of Velella velellas (By-The-Wind Sailors) and the high water line is covered with a gazillion of them along the entire mile.  Just one Pyrosome and lots of mole crab casings, particularily on the south half of Mile 171.  Harbor seals were feeding in the "lagoon" on the north side of the Siuslaw River North Jetty.  Several large (100+) flocks of Sanderlings, a half dozen Whimbrels with their districtive down-turned long beak, a solitary Ruddy Turnstone, and the usual squadron of unidentified grey gulls were feeding in the wave run-back.  A pair of Peregrine falcons were flying just above the brush in the deflation plain area along the North Jetty Road.

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254 Neskowin254 05/03/2018

This is my first mile report since becoming a volunteer and therefore I do not have a previous report with which to make a comparison. However, having routinely walked this mile for ten years it would appear that there is nothing out of the ordinary to report. No recent wash-up of Velella velella. All Velella velella remains were about three weeks old. There was a large number of small (less than half-inch in diameter) crab molts at the water line. Bald eagle observed on land and flying over the water line.

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153 bebdhm 05/02/2018 A beautiful sunny, windy day for a walk on the beach.  Saw an Osprey, 7 seagulls and over 300 Sanderlings flying along the water line. 100's of Vellallas along high tide line still blue and wet from the morning high tide. Disturbing to see that an ATV had driven from past the north of our mile down to the bottom 1/4 of our mile in the Plover Nesting Protection zone. It drove mostly on the wet sand but several times near the front of the dunes. We did not see any evidence of plovers actually nesting along our mile. View full report 4
309 spinger 05/02/2018

Sand deposition low, exposed basault in sand at Austin Point west of bluff, Vellela Vellela drift from late March still present, Mole Crab casings lower in rackline

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218 dderickson 04/29/2018

Better late than never -- I missed reporting in March! Chilly, windy gray day... A lot of scotch broom in bloom on the vegetated foredune immediately east of the creek. There was a Bald eagle picking at something in the creek toward the north end, who flew into the trees as I approached. When I got to the point that I think the eagle had been, there were remains of the wing scapulars of a large bird, with associated bones: I suspect it was a Great blue heron. Also saw a suspected beached Sooty shearwater. Dozens of "peeps" along the tideline, perhaps Least sandpipers, and some larger shorebirds with downturned bills, about the size of dunlins but with slimmer necks and longer bills. It was hard to judge the size of the birds. The lighting was such that I could only see their silhouettes, and I had no binoculars, alas. Beach was windswept and relatively clean with minimal plastic and rope pieces in the wrack.

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216 NHS Leadership 04/29/2018

Everything was normal on the beach. There was not erosion or anything that was bad. One group of people was smoking but there was no sign of litter.

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324 annadavidcrow 04/29/2018

It was nice to pack out a very small amount of plastics and trash. Very few people were out this afternoon. We have noticed some natural changes at the river. But because this is our 1st report we will wait to get a little more in tune with things before we report.

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286 beverly.stein 04/29/2018

Not much to report.  Debris from winter storms was evident and a lot of crab shells.

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201 kalninsp 04/29/2018

Was a very calm morning, we walked on the south side of the Alsea Bay first entering at the Wyziata access point at the stairs. It was raining on and off, about 48 degrees. No other vehicles were parked there for access. Tide was out and we looked to see it was a minus tide due to full moon. 5 walkers on the south side 2 people with 1 dog each. Observed dog feces left on the beach. We picked up two bags of trash consisting of plastic bottles, ropes and many plastic peices. We noticed lots of Velella Velella in the shore line. One dead black rock fish carcas that was aprox 24" long, also one dead seagull and bird carcass unidentifyable in a brownish looking water-pic attached. We saw a staircase that was fallen down due to erosion. The runoff from homes above beach observed was very discolored and appeared to be growing blue green algea-unsure took pictures. 

On the North side of Alsea bay we parked at Alsea spit access in Bayshore. No other cars were parked there. we noticed 5 people walking with three more dogs. Observed beach grass planting to help stabalize beach erosion. many homes had sand piled up onto their back porches. Also appeared equipment used to push sand from homes back onto the beach. We noticed a dead bird that I couldnt identify see pic. we picked up another bag of trash with plastic, buoys, and a boot. More rain on and off but still calm with no wind. Observed many logs and debris. The north side has much more debris-logs and such. Appears to get a much more sustained flow of water wind and push up from the sea. We saw 4-5 different wood log forts that people had made out of drift wood. Found one dead sea star-orange. 

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254 Jennifer1 04/25/2018

Large numbers of Velella Velella in driftline thoroughout the entire length of the mile. Collected kitchen size trash bag amount of ocean debris, plastic bottles, bags, balloons, fishing gear. 2 asian bottles. One large Skate casing, approximately 10" long. 

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171 oldMGguy 04/23/2018

This doesn't happen often - 72F and calm winds at Heceta Beach today!  Another stranding of Velella velellas of various sizes, mostly 3-4" in length, all along the mile.  Only a few Pyrosomas observed, along with the occasional bits and pieces of Moon and Sea Nettle jellies.  Large flocks of sanderlings feeding in the wave run-back, with lots of unidentified gulls flying northbound.

There is an unusually large die-off of Mole crabs (Emerita analoga) all along the mile, except for the very southern end of the mile near the Siuslaw River North Jetty "lagoon".  Rarely seen until just a few years ago on Heceta Beach, they now seem to be all over.  I don't know if these crabs shed their exterior shells like Dungeness crabs, so I tried to disassemble a few only to find they still had the soft inner tissues inside including one crab who was still alive and highly offended by my efforts to take him apart. (photo)

A dead adult Steller sea lion (female) is one the beach about 1/4 mile north of the Siuslaw River North Jetty.  Looks like Dr. Jim Rice's crew had just performed a necropsy on it, as the head was cleanly cut off and appears the internal organs removed.  A trio of Turkey vultures were happily dining on it. (photos)

Some scumbag dumped a stripped and abandoned wheel-less Honda on the North Jetty Road.  The car already had a state patrol tag on it.  Shouldn't be too hard to track down the scufflaws as they forgot to remove the license plates ... (photo).

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339 edjoyce 04/23/2018

Everything is just fine.

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262 Linda Fink 04/23/2018

About 20 people, all but 2 from cars parked below the dune, walking on beach and climbing the north side of the dune, with 2 dogs. Jillions of little sand crabs in the low tide zone burrowing in the sand and gathering in little pools. I have never seen the tide this low here with a totally clean and flat beach abruptly ending at the vegetated cliff. The storm of early April created a neat edge to the now-level beach. Resident Peregrine on his usual perch.

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292 wilsonriverhs 04/23/2018

Groups of people were playing ball and picnicking. This was the spring break for some schools.

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193 SKMacK 04/23/2018

It was a beautiful sunny day. Very little wind. I did not notice any significant changes in extent of erosion along the road north and south of the river. Most appears to be occurring along Ocean View drive north of the Yachats River. 

I had some concerns about the safety of the ground at the Lions Club bench near 3rd street and Ocean View Drive.

 

 

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338 Randy and Beth 04/22/2018

This was a windy and sunny day on the beach on Earth Day 2018. We encountered clam diggers, windsurfers, horseback riders, families playing in the sand, people walking--lots of recreation going on. Lots of driftwood and structures on the south end of our mile and medium size rocks on the north end of the mile. Sandpipers were present in goodly numbers and a few terns and gulls.

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52 Peacecoaster 04/22/2018

Routine day at Agate Beach.  Very little litter.  What a beauftiful way to celebrate Earth Day!

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 04/20/2018

Picture shows the plastic pieces and other debris from the small area I cleaned up along a small section of the dunes. The driftline along a large portion of the Mile is littered heavily with small plastic pieces.

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256 jeanrcameron 04/18/2018

There is very little change to the sand or dunes along mile 256. The most remarkable observation was of the number of Velella Velellas and their large size. 

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256 gordonleslie 04/18/2018

Nice day at the ocean, people seem to be enjoying themselves.

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171 oldMGguy 04/16/2018

Managed to walk Mile 171 between the spring showers.  Few people out today.  A bald eagle was perched on one of the foredune high spots, trying to ignore the squadron of gulls and crows hovering around making lots of "Go away!" noise.  No recent large stranding of Velella velellas observed, just a few here and there.  An unusually large flock of probably 100+ sanderlings were feeding in the surf outwash (photo).

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310 newton 04/12/2018

3 people walking on beach 2 dogs running woody debris in wrack line.  Cleaned up a full 5gal bucket of human trash. 

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208 Batthecat 04/09/2018

Most notable is the extent to which large chuncks of the cliff have worked loose. Also first time I have seen horseback riders on this section of the beach.  Hoof prints indicted they didn't go very far south from Ona Beach park.  I documented them coming back (very friendly).  Beach was clean, very few Velella velella.

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188 Joel Keller 04/09/2018

This was the first time I was able to monitor Mile 188.  Over three to four hours of climbing cliffs and outcroppings, checking tidepools, and walking on rocks, I realized what a workout this was.  Also, as it was, I was unable to connect the Strawberry Hill area with the Neptune Beach (South) area due to time (and tide) - there was a section of approximately 400-500 feet that went unexplored.  I was amazed at the amount of life in the tidepools - innumerable anemones as well as at least 20-25 sea stars (in all three areas) were enjoyed as well as mussels, barnacles, sea lions, and a few birds (what appeared to be swallows on the cliffs).  There was also an area (south of Strawberry Hill access) that had human-made plastic trays and dish scrubbers bolted into the rock--inquiry led to the knowledge that these are implements for ongoing monitoring and experimention in rocky shore ecology by the OSU-based Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO).  Although the water in the tidal pools appeared cloudy/murky, there was a lack of trash and/or plastic except for some particles in the north Strawberry Point area (also, most of the driftwood and erosion from the surf appeared in this area).  

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216 NHS Leadership 04/08/2018

Nothing out of place. No noticible physical changes were observed. There were just a few people were walking and only one dog at the time.

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340 edjoyce 04/07/2018

Nothing unusual

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171 oldMGguy 04/05/2018

Numerous smallish Steller sea lions (yearlings?) observed swimming upriver in the Siuslaw or heading south along Mile 171 in the near-shore surf.  About a half dozen harbor seals feeding in the surf.  Mallard ducks, double-crested cormorants, and western grebes in the river on the south side of the jetty.  Large flocks of sanderlings and a half dozen "Ruddy Turnstones" feeding in the wave outwash.  This is the first time I've spotted the turnstones, although several field guide references say they are common winter visitors along sandy shorelines.  There has been a recent stranding of Velella velellas (By-the-Wind Sailors) along the entire mile.  Sizes range from 1/2" to 4" in length, although the vast majority are less than 1".

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187 [email protected] 04/04/2018

It was a mild, overcast day with no strong winds. Upon first arrival there were only two other cars, one belonging to a large family with children, the other to an older couple who were exploring the rocks with buckets in hand. By the time that I returned from my walk, the parking lot had completely filled up and there were a number of families exploring the tide pools closest to the parking lot. Only a few people were going beyond those initial pools I noticed.

There were several groups of sea lions out in the water with their flippers in the air. There were also some small birds who seemed to be nesting in the cliffs. They were too far up  and too small to get a good look at them, but I could hear them chirping for most of my walk. There was also a plethora of anemones and sea stars in the tide pools as well as several different types of plants and algaes.

I didn't notice any physical changes to the area.

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306 Frankie 04/03/2018 DISPATCH Wave erosion down to sandstone bedrock. View full report 2
244 Victoria 04/03/2018

The scene at the beach today was more typical except for many ? washed ashore on the tideline. The mallard pair is still here too.

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198 bahngarten 04/01/2018

Calm, cloudy morning 46', beginning to rain lightly.  Moderate amounts of very small mole crab carcasses all along high tide line.  8 people 4 dogs, walking.  Shells and pebbles along high tide line.  Notable was a new, in-use, garbage compactor at Beachside State Park campground, clean beach. Campground about 1/2 full with spring-break vacationers.

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172 Ariana172 03/31/2018

A partially cloudy and cool day. Fewer people and fewer dogs than typical on the beach and in the water. Fewer gulls than I usually see or encounter here. Maybe a total of 12 Gulls in all. Fewer dogs disturbing wildlife than in past observations.

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169 oceanwalker842 03/31/2018

Beautiful, sunny, windy Easter weekend day at the coast. Birds couldn't compete with the wind...didn't see one bird on this walk. Human generated debris also couldn't compete with the wind...didn't notice any trash...it evidently was all blown away. There was less than normal small rocks and broken clam shells plus a few beached jelly fish and crab casings noted this walk.

Notice the ratio of vehicles to people. There was a large concentration of people just north of the boundry of Mile 170 nearer to the South Jety. 

Also, seems that all the dune buggy parking lots before getting to the south jety (and Mile 169) were filled to capacity with lots of activity in the designated off road areas. Only one set of tire  tracks noted in this mile.

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339 edjoyce 03/28/2018

Not much going on. Very large plastic drum found on beach, contacted Ranger.

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184 bluemoonjoanie 03/27/2018

Calm winter day, with an outgoing tide.  Large amounts of water draining from the cliffs/bluffs.  

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16 hamnerwild1234 03/26/2018

Some erosion.

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30 [email protected] 03/25/2018

There has been a lot of erosion to the dunes in the last two years. However, it is much the same now as in the last report

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244 Victoria 03/25/2018

This was a holiday weekend. The parking at Roads End State Park is not adequate for the number of vehicles trying to find a parking spot on a sunny day. Cars were parked into the neighboring streets.
People were carving names into the cliffs, particularly the area below Chinook Winds resort. 
2 young men were surf fishing. I did approach them and tell them that it isn't allowed as I looked into their bucket holding a small perch. They said they didn't know and continued fishing. I did them  it's a marine reserve with no fishing and it's posted on the signs at the park. 

Except for a lot of people, not much notable except a pair of mallard ducks who seem to be nesting nearby as I have seen them at the beach in the shallow waves a number of times recently.

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242 Bluewater 03/24/2018

For it being a rainy first day of spring break the beaches were pretty busy. The work being done at the "D" River parking lot may be casue severe damage to the Northwest corner of the parking lot seawall. A large portion of the wall has fallen since survey in January.

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