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194 YachatsRena 05/23/2017

I walked this mile in the early morning hours and only saw two people.  Tide was low, but incoming.  Light breeze and moderate inversion layer.  This shoreline is surprisingly free of litter.  Micro plastics may be found if one sifts through the sand.  The shoreline from Yachats SP to about 7th St is strewn with small to very large drifft wood and logs all the way up to the edge of the bluff.  This is standard.  Very little to note along the drift line.  Small pieces of wood, rocks, algae and kelp, along with a few small crab and worm castings.  I saw the usual western gulls, cormorants, vultures, brown pelicans flying by, flocks of geese, crow, a resting seal and a dead sea lion.  I only observed one small sea star clinging precariously to a wall of mussels.  Abundant giant green anemones and gooseneck barnacles.  Smelt Sands area had a small amount of litter and evidence of a couple of campfires.  The people I saw were in this area and I observed much less wildlife in this area than in the first section of this mile.  I took some pics of bluff erosion in Yachats State Park area in order to document what it looks like today.  Two sections of fence are dangling off the bluff.  

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274 rogans 05/19/2017

This Friday was one of the first in a while with perfect beach weather. Most of the persons observed on the beach were enjoying walking. The beach was remarkably free of litter since the clean up was only a few weeks earlier.

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185 lfleming 05/19/2017

A lovely day.  Spring mating season so a lot of the species were paired off.  Someone has built a large tent shape enclosure out of big pieces of driftwood near the parking lot.  Except for the first section of Stonefield Beach, the other sections were all cobbles and rocks.  Good for rock hunters but hard for walkers.  Few people go past the sand.  A Bald Eagle flew over us in the parking lot.  Two new birds, 2 Rufus Hummingbirds near the parking lot, and Tree Swallows near the bluffs. 

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220 DKPowell 05/19/2017

Compared to last report--sand is coming back to this beach area. I got to Yaquina Head cliff wall, plus the rocky beach now is some areas mostly sand with some rock.

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131 JohnnyCN 05/18/2017

Today was a very warm, sunshiny day with little wind.  The mellow weather seemed to have brought out mellow people and their mellow dogs.  People who had dogs were walking them; children were playing at the edge of the surf.  An eventless, but very nice day at the beach.

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180 YachatsRena 05/18/2017

Due to the early hour, I was mainly alone on the beaches and trails.  In total, I eventually only saw three other people.  Beaches and trails were mostly free of garbage or human debris.  Dead sea lion provided a meal for a coyote, bald eagles and vultures.

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8 DewPoint Dave 05/14/2017

After several days of rain families and individuals were enjoying a sunny morning at Harris Beach State Park. Five Black Oystercatchers were observed feeding near the shoreline and these were reported to the coordinator of the Black Oystercatcher Abundance Study.

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171 oldMGguy 05/12/2017

Large quantities of Pacific Mole Crab (Emerita analoga) exoskeleton molts in the high swash line along Mile 171 today.  The vast majority were about 1/2" in length, with a few larger one up to 1" at most.  One bald eagle was cruising southbound along the surf, looking for dinner.  It looks like the summer sand is beginning to accumulate once again on the upper beach, seasonal "transverse" dunes beginning to form from the recent NW winds.

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181 lectricriderone 05/10/2017

Mile 181 was moderately crowded in the parking lot, but the beach and the people there were spread out as they walked.   Visible wildlife is limited to birds and a few crabs.  Recent high winds and tides sweep much light weight debris away.   I found one plastic bottle while collecting litter.  Found one small driftwood fort.  Dead sand crabs were all very small and concentrated in pockets.  The sand was high enough to walk at high tide and stay dry.   Small dunes forming at high tide line.

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188 casparboy 05/10/2017

There was significant run off erosion of the access trails at Strawberry Hill. Worse than in recent years.
The sea Stars are coming back. The most were noted at the north end of the Strawberry beach. Nothing like before the die off but encouraging.
About 15 harbor seals, did not for sure see any pups at Strawberry.

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245 TerryH 05/08/2017 DISPATCH

Contacted Park Ranger, Ryan Parker, regarding someone camping on the north end of Roads End beach, on an old slide area, bright blue tarp and yellow sign that says "No Trespassing".  Also informed him of very large dead sea lion just north of 73rd St. beach access.  Submitted Stranded Mammal report to Mr. Rice.  5/9 Update:  Per Ranger Parker, "It appears the tarp is on private property. The structure is fine unless nails, poly rope and other man made materials are used."  Per Officer Liden with LC Police, they have been in contact with the owners of the property just above the camp but so far, have not been requested to take any action.  See attached photo. 

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333 srhoads 05/08/2017 DISPATCH

 Beautiful day. Thin wrack line, medium size continuous woody debris, human built wood "monuments." Not much mico plastics, mostly large peices. One truck doing donuts. One man fishing and a couple walking a dog. Seen a couple seagulls, 3 groups of sandpipers or sanderlings, and 4 Black-billed plovers (see pics) with lots of prints at the edge of the dunes. Please fill free to conment on the species of seabirds in the pictures. No dead mammals or birds. Sand dunes building up.

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198 bahngarten 05/07/2017

Sunny, strong winds from NE.  Wind scoured beach, whimbrels-3 groups feeding along tideline, 36,16,12.  Mod. amounts, decomposed mole crab parts along upper tide lines.9 people 1 dog enjoying the beach, sheltering from the strong winds.  Beach clean.

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262 Linda Fink 05/06/2017

Clean beach and very wide this time. No signs left saying where vehicles prohibited but no one was trying to drive up the dune. Two hang gliders sailing. Nice day and people enjoying the beach, most with their dogs

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193 SKMacK 05/05/2017

The day was cloudy, rainy, and sunny at various times. There was a lot more log debris than usual both north and south of the Yachats River. A fair number of Velella were on the beach, though not as much as in previous years. A dead, headless sea lion was on the beach at north end of mile 193 being enjoyed by 6 vultures. A harbor porpoise with many small teeth was also seen at beach marker 77 (two days later) at the Yachats Ocean Road Natural site.

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23 Bob Harvey 05/04/2017

A muted day, thin fog drifting ashore. Summer sand piling against steep dune fronts. Scattered trees' debris esp on South end of mile. Marine gardens briefly accessed, but we feel are our reward.   East side of 101 has some large areas of rock placement by ODOT for bank stabilization. 3 dozen gulls at mouth of Myers Creek.

 

 

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33 Bob Harvey 05/04/2017 DISPATCH

This is my first time here. 2 friends accompany me. We descend down the Northside of Otter Point on a badly eroded trail, with the welcome assistance of a rope. See first picture. The stretch is characterized by 50 to 75 ft bluffs topped with trees and occasionally  a private home. This one mile of Coast has suffered terrific damage in recent months .The pictures show landslides, boulder strewn beaches, private staircases damaged and unusable, and one house threatened and undergoing bank stabilization.        Tide was receding during our foggy walk. We saw no others. A beautiful , dramatic area. Up

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255 bballentine 05/01/2017

Cool, cloudy day with light rain. Beach was very clean, only a few plastic bottles and one section of rope found, no styrofoam. Crab moult and dried Vella at high tide line. Few people walking on beach.

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308 John Markham 04/30/2017 View full report 0
291 cemilligan 04/30/2017

April 30th was a beautiful day to be on the coast.  The temperature was a comfortable 55 degrees, light breeze from the north, partly cloudy.  Warm enough to wear a t-shirt and jeans.  My husband and our dog ventured out to check out the changes on the beach. Considering how nice it was outside, there were not very many people out enjoying the day, only about 20 people and 4 dogs.  Most people were walking, or strolling up and down the coast. A couple of kids were enjoying their time playing in the surf.  We expected to pick up at least 4 bags of litter if not more considering Portland and surrounding areas just had their spring break periods over the last couple weeks.  Four bags is our average, however we were pleasantly surprised that there was only 2 bags of trash today, and a dog crate.  We hoped that the dog crate didn't originally have a dog in it, as there was no dog to be found today and the crate was in pretty bad condition.  There were quite a few gulls on the beach today, many more than our last visit.  There were also several small conglomerations of what I think are spotted sandpipers on the beach with their fledglings.  The were so quick I was unable to snap a picture of the groupings.  There were thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands of by-the-wind sailor jellyfish washed up on the beach.  There were two major lines of the jellyfish.  One that lined up with the high tide mark, and one with the low tide mark that we observed when we were there.  There was a new ramp installed towards the south end of the mile next to one of the newer housing developments.  I'm not sure if this was permitted or not, but I attached a photo.  The stream towards the north end of the mile was dramatically lower than in previous walks.  The high stream flow of winter months had taken its tole and eroded quite the cut bank on the north side of the stream.  Great day to enjoy the coast!

 

 

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285 Cynthia and Kevin 04/29/2017 View full report 0
98 [email protected] 04/28/2017

Nothing out of ordinary sighted. Picked up 2 bags of garbage consisting of plastic bottles, broken bits of plastics, picnic debris, styrofoam, beer bottles, fishing debris, sandals, dog poop bags and dog poop.

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312 [email protected] 04/27/2017 View full report 0
310 newton 04/25/2017

Calm ocean this morning, couple people fishing in the surf, one dog running loose and two people walking the beach.  Collected one full large bag of litter almost all man-made trash left from beach goers. 

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111 [email protected] 04/21/2017

A beautiful spring day with 6 mph wind coming from NNE. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of litter. This beach has always had an abundance of it, but today it was nowhere to be seen. I'm speculating it was because of the time of year and conditions. The tide waters litterally reach to the base of the cliffs, leaving no place for it to collect. The downside, though, is that is probably also responsible for the unusually high level of erosion and land slides all along the bluffs.

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212 PhilBSB 04/16/2017

Nice day on the beach with lots of people out enjoying the low tide.  Mostly calm with surf around 4-5'.  Many rock hunters, several people with clipboards doing surveying something(?) and several families milling around.  A number of guillemots were perched in small holes near the top of the bluff and swooping back and forth to the water line.  Lots of small velella velella have collected over the past week.  Not many other birds due to the large number of people.  Over the past few wees work has been done on one unstable area.  Sheet piles were driven in behind the unstable area and new drainage was nstalled that extends to the beach.  A long stairway damaged by the settlig bluff is slated for removal as directed by the State Parks.  One other item of interest is a small picnic table that washed in a few weeks ago and has settled into the sand.

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121 Emily K 04/15/2017

Lots of small pieces of styrofoam at highest/storm tide level on beach. Quite a few beach-walkers with dogs and kids. Most dogs on leash or within control of owners.

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208 Batthecat 04/15/2017

First visit after a serious storm.  Wanted to check to see if there were any beach debris which needed attention.  There wasn't any.  Beach was swept clean of sand in many places.  Sun was out and so were the visitors.

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220 Hillsideshack 04/08/2017

Beautiful day on Mile 220, one bag of trash collected. A fair number of folks out today enjoying the sunshine. The erosion continues along our mile. Thousands of Vellela vellela making for sparkling blue lines along the entire beach. Unable to do farthest south section due to large rocks which were too wet to cross safely. 

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299 cpendergrass 04/06/2017

28 is an unusually high number of people to encounter on the beach midweek in April and was likely due to spring break. A tall driftwood structure and a young couple playing with an enormous soccer ball in the drizzle may also have been related to spring break. Most people were walking along the water and while 1 runner, 1 cyclist and 1 boogie boarder were also noted. Only 2 dogs were seen. The lack of dead birds could be the result of recent high winds which may have covered any carcasses with blowing sand.

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290 [email protected] 04/03/2017

There is a lot of erosion that occured over the winter.  It seemed like a lot less driftwood on the beach until I walked the tree line.  There is alot of driftwood 10-20' back into the trees, sand too.  The high surfs and storm surge had an impact along this mile of beach.

 

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116 [email protected] 04/02/2017 DISPATCH

One of the first nice weekend days of the season, and the most humans visiting the mile that I personally have ever seen.

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198 bahngarten 04/02/2017

Mod. breeze from NW, scattered clouds. 8 people 4 dogs walking.  Moderate amounts of decomposing Velella velella along tideline, some shells, wood, pebbles.  No wildlife beyond a couple crows noted. Beachside campground now open, about 1/3 full.  15 lbs of plastic pieces,  mostly white bottlecaps and small colored plastic pieces removed from our mile.

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213 PaulJulia 04/02/2017

A pleasant day at the coast with families flying kites.  No shorebirds except one beached bird (grebe?).  Strong smell of decomposing at first but no evidence of dead fish/birds/etc except for bleached Velella velella which weren't noticeable.  Sand dune erosion significant in a few places.  Lots of seafoam and wood pieces.  Interesting interaction between probable 2 ospreys.

Report is being submitted without photographs at this time since having lots of trouble in trying to reduce their size.

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195 WetWabbit 04/01/2017

This was a combination CoastWatch mile walk and SOLVE beach cleanup. I collected debris from the size of a flip flop to small plastic pieces. With several others also collecting, we left the beach very clean, at least until the next tide. There was light drizzle, but otherwise it was a pleasant day, bringing many visitors to the shore.

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287 C Nelson 04/01/2017

A misty, damp SOLVE beach clean-up day. Very few folks were visiting - other than us, there were only two other people on the beach, and we didn't see any other SOLVE volunteers. Winter storms had deposited large quantities of ocean-based debris high in the tideline, as well as in and behind the foredune where wave overtopping had occurred. Observed larger quantities of smaller pieces of plastic than have been noted in the past; debris looked very weathered and appeared to have been at sea for a long time before breaking up and coming ashore. Notably, we saw a dead dolphin on the beach - a first, as we've never seen evidence of dolphins off Bay Ocean spit in the past. Our clean-up efforts were observed by 3 bald eagles, which appeared to be keeping close watch on the dolphin carcass. One eagle was perched on a snag near the dolphin and allowed us to get very close to it before flying off - it was the closest I've ever been to an eagle! Also notable was the very large quantity of immature velella that had been stranded in the driftline. Overall, an interesting and satisfying beach clean-up day.

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199 seagazer 03/31/2017 DISPATCH

On March 31, 2017 at 4:30, a dead sea lion washed ashore. It's head was mostly missing with no other observable injuries. The carcas rolled in the surf so all parts were mostly visible. Even parts of the skull is missing. An assumption would be that a boat's propeller may have sheared it off.

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197 mudslide 03/31/2017

A sunny, mild day on the beach with only a few people in sight at the start of my walk. When I returned, many more had materialized in the vicinity of the campground. (The campground looked to be about two-thirds full.) The cliff-carvers have taken advantage of what was a blank slate a couple of months back. The back of the beach was strewn with lots of medium-size driftwood all the way along. Bird life consisted of only a few gulls. Juvenile Vellella vellella had washed up in large, odorous numbers; there were also some scattered unidentified white objects about the diameter of a cigarette filter and a little longer. Litter was at a minimum though not entirely absent. Most notable was a very large chunk of recently fallen bluff about a quarter mile south of the campground.

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129 mzlizee 03/28/2017

Someone's been decorating my beach.

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187 FriendofStrawberry 03/23/2017

Bob Creek is a posted Marine Reserve and no fishing is allowed. As we arrived we saw a man carrying a fishing pole come around the rocks on the north. I continued to take his picture as he came closer and waded across the creek. He had a cloth bag around his shoulder/neck that looked like it might contain fish. At the waters edge before he returned to his car it looked like he was removing bait from his line. I did not take a photo of his car or Oregon state plate. I did not know the phone number to call and report the sighting of an active fisherman at this posted area. When I got home I looked at my photos and saw the number right on the sign. I now have it on my phone. I called and reported the activity. A short time later Oregon State Police called and I described everything to him and emailed him the photos. 

Quite a few people looking at rocks on the beach. We picked up a little beach trash but left when it started to sprinkle.

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338 Randy and Beth 03/23/2017

One family enjoying the beach. Several lean-to structures on the beach created from driftwood. Several very large flocks of sandpipers numbering about 1000 or more. Someone had cleaned up some plastic debris and left several bags in the parking lot (hopefully to be picked up). Attached is a picture of a  most unusual piece of tree trunk that was washed ashore.

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188 FriendofStrawberry 03/23/2017

Cloudy, windy cool day. Not much activity. We walked the beach north as far as we could. Tide was still going out. Would have been better an hour or so later. Happy to report hardly any beach trash.

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4 mtuffey 03/22/2017

With all the heavy rainfall, slides are my major concern.

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289 ollikainen 03/21/2017

Some years back I commented on the condition of the south jetty.  This was after a series of boating accident that took the lives of a good number of people.  The damaged jetty created sand bars in the channel.  Larger waves would break and could capsize boats entering and leaving Tillamook Bay.  The Port of Garibaldi issued a report on the jettys in January of 2017.  It states that the south jetty is continuing to retreat.  Unless it is rebuilt,  the danger to mariners will increase.

Another effect of the retreating jetty could be greater erosion on Bayocean Spit.  It is generally accepted that the building of the north jetty without an accompanying south jetty was the cause of the destruction of the town of Bayocean Park in the middle of the last century.  This winter (and it was bad) saw a much larger amount of dune erosion in the middle of the spit where Bayocean was once located.  The shortening of the south jetty might be a factor in this erosion.  The diagrams in the Port of Garibaldi report confirm that sand that should be washed out to sea by longer jettys is swirling back and adding material to mile 289.  We have been reporting on this for years.

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331 alkarbeck 03/21/2017

See previous comments.

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314 cheeseguy 03/20/2017

It was a cloudy day(a few rain drops) with moderate NE Wind. People count was up likely because of some visitors being on Spring Break. Otherwise would not have had so many on a Monday in March. Majority of folks just walking on the beach. Driftline was amazingly free of wildlife. Zero dead birds. Drain pipes through the Presidential streets were photographed for consistentency. Some were more exposed, others were less. No trend one way or the other. 

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228 DWhite 03/19/2017
  1. There was a notable increase in driftwood and debris that had washed up onto the Whale Cove beach. This was minor compared to other, more accessible and exposed beaches.
  2. A small portion of the resident seal population was seen on rocks on the east end of Whale Cove (common during low tide levels)
  3. There were seal tracks on the Whale Cove beach.  Residents say they rarely see the resident seals on the beach. The meandering tracks seemed to indicate that it was a short visit without a resting place.
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211 Chad101 03/19/2017

Mile 211 has greatly changed since I first began walking it 8/16.  The mud and standing water are gone, and it is now a very people-friendly and inviting beach.  As a result, there are many more people on the beach than I have seen in the past.  There still is little or no dry sand, however, because of the water constantly seeping from the cliff about 1/3 of the way up from the beach.  I will try to add photos at a later date.  

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181 lectricriderone 03/19/2017

Sunshine brings full parking lots, and nature has scoured the beaches.  Searched for human trash, but found only a few ounces of broken glass and a plastic bottle cap.  No sand dunes.  Water leaking from hills, rocks and sand.  Sand smooth and firm.   Air fresh and clean smelling.  Agate hunters say it's unusual to find agates here.  

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205 Batthecat 03/19/2017 DISPATCH

 

Accessed the beach via Quail Street.  Lots of timber on the edge of the cliffs, some serious erosion.

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220 Hillsideshack 03/18/2017

Winter weather and water continue to erode the bluffs along Mile 220. March 18, 2017 visit saw continued plastic trash, 1.5 bags within just the rocky section at the beginning of the walk. One dead grebe, no bands. Four people out enjoying the sun. 

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226 George and Sheila 03/18/2017

March 16th was a rare mostly sunny and calm day for this time of year, attracting a small but enthusiastic group of visitors to the Lookout at the Otter Crest State Wayside. Views were amazing, as they were from all along Otter Crest Loop on the mile. A few people were stopping their vehicles to enjoy the views. There were essentially no views of wildlife, visitors having to content themselves with tales and photos of prior viewing by the volunteer staff at the Lookout. In terms of physical observations, the waterfalls that were present after the preceding heavy rain were a particular treat. Better observations of these could be obtained from the seaward side. Resistant basalt that makes up the cliffs along this mile limits erosional changes, so commonly there are none to report, but monitoring with a photographic record will continue.

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218 dderickson 03/16/2017

The beach is mostly flat now, except for mild dunation around the clumps of beach grass. Very little drift wood in high zone, compared to the usual; what's there is mostly on the north end. There is a lot of wood in the mid zone all along the beach, however, which I previously observed coming in around the same time as the pelagic red crabs a couple of weeks ago (I wasn't prepared to do a survey at that time). Most of the debris mentioned above is mixed in with this wood. Little Creek is 2-3 times wider than I have ever seen it in the past five years; sand is banked up on the west side of the creek up to 4'.

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236 Streets 03/16/2017

Gorgeous morning for a stroll on an exceptionally clean beach. A few big trees, patches of driftwood, but mostly pretty boring!

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208 Batthecat 03/16/2017

First visit since serious storms earlier in the month.  Loss of sand cover apparent.  Some new cliff erosion. Ancient tree roots covered up again.  Found various ropes, jerry cans, organic something - sent Email to Ryan Parker to fetch when he could (too much and too heavy for me to carry)  took a large plastic sack of garbage off the beach

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223 Leo Poole 03/12/2017 View full report 0
239 ORbeach 03/12/2017

It's a miracle! - a sunny, warm day with no rain!  Much more trash on the beach than usual (although note that your cheery Coastwatchers haven't been out here for a while).  We filled up 4 bags.  Lots of plastic bottles, other plastic and styrofoam pieces.  No serious winter erosion noted.

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11 sandy beach 03/12/2017

Most of mile 11's beach area isn't visited by many people. It's a bit steep so I rarely encounter anyone where sea meets land.Usually folks are walking the Coast Trail. Today was no exception. I forged on down the now very sloshy deer path and was surprised as I approached the bluff before the beach to see what I'd usually call driftwood flung up on top of the12 foot bluff. Meanwhile the bluff itself was quickly (in geologic time) oozing and losing some stature - erosion significant. Much driftwood has been deposited. I paced the grandaddy of logs at 82'. I sighted a few oystercatchers, gulls and crows. A couple of Oregon song sparrows flitted close by acting a little giddy. A chevron of winged ones ducked behind the morning fog before my binoculars could get a bead on them. A rock where I've seen many gulls and cormorants a bit off shore had been rained clean of its white icing of droppings. I found a large pile of thick rope I couldn't free. It had become entangled under a rock. I came back later with knife and pack and hoofed it out. The little sand that usually remains at this time of year was thinner and the rocks were bigger. Awesome powers at work. I tried to attach pictures but too big.

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254 jennifer1 03/11/2017 View full report 8
205 Volunteer Coordinator 03/11/2017 DISPATCH

Marine and woody debris with non-native species.  John Chapman contacted to collect specimens.  More woody debris on beach than normally seen.

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128 mzlizee 03/10/2017

Just reporting the re-exposes wreck, Sara Jo, at South end of Mile 128.

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129 mzlizee 03/10/2017

Gorgeous early evening Friday, sun headed to the horizon, calm breeze, low tide - bliss.

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171 oldMGguy 03/10/2017

Beautiful sunny afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach today.  Observed a bald eagle make several unsuccessful power dives into the shallow surf before finally hauling off a 8-10" fish for dinner.  Lots of folks out on the beach enjoying the sunshine this afternoon.  For once, no unusual critters washed up at the high water line - just the usual bits and pieces of small moon jellies.

Not beach related, but I've got an amazing number of Anna's and Rufus hummingbirds at my 2 feeders this spring - never seen so many!  Anyone else having a surplus of hummers this year?

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307 Bald Eagle 03/10/2017

It was a nice dry afternoon on the beach.  The beach was very clean.  The dock pieces have not moved since February.  The dock has been reported to OPRD to see if there is some way to remove the dock pieces.

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262 Linda Fink 03/10/2017

Warm windless day. Picked up one sack of trash. Lots of driftwood, lots more bank and dune erosion. No vehicle tracks in prohibited area, even though sign down.

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191 LyndaC 03/10/2017

Tide too high to get close to the beach, still an exciting time to be there.

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208 Volunteer Coordinator 03/08/2017 DISPATCH

Besides the pyrosomes, a seal carcass appears to be encased in fishing gear.  Jim Rice and Ryan Parker were contacted. This is between beach entrance marker 63 and 62B.  This information was sent to me by Bonnie S. who walks this beach frequently.

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245 TerryH 03/06/2017 DISPATCH

Velella velella are back, the tiny ones that are no more than 1/8 inch in length.

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101 Mike Mueller 03/06/2017

Sorry no photos this time.

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198 bahngarten 03/05/2017

Blustery, mod/ to strong SW winds with intermittent rain and sleet. Beach empty, 2 lone Western gulls.  Driftline content shells, pebbles, lots of driftwood pieces, some plastic, rope, 1 unopened can of beer- ( beer emptied) 15 lbs of debris removed from beach.  Beachside campground cleaned up ( winter woody debris) and ready to open mid-March, according to camp host. 

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297 NehalemBay 03/04/2017

This was a cloudy/rainy/windy day.  The waves have pulled out the sand exposing more of the heaping wood, especially to the south of the mile, and leaving a cliff up to 10 feet high between the sloping beach and the piles of debris.  Interestingly there was some black sand lightly deposited at the high water marks.  There were only four people, two collecting debris, and two just walking with a dog.  Even the shorebirds were elsewhere and only a few gulls, one hawk and one cormorant were circling.  No bird carcasses were found.  The beach was clean with no tracks or other damage.  As of March 15th, the beach will be closed to all traffic except walking on the wet sand to protect the nesting sites of the Western Snowy Plover.  That continues until Sept. 15. 

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224 Leo Poole 03/03/2017

Dead seal obsevered, took photo on following day

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171 oldMGguy 03/02/2017

Heceta Beach (Mile 171) has a gazillion pyrosomes (Pyrosomas atlanticus), a pelagic colonial tunicate, washed up on the high water tide line, particularily on the north half near Driftwood Shores Resort (photo).  Most were in the 1-5 inch size, with a few bigger ones up to 6 inches in length. 

The upper beach erosion is still on-going, with a tremendous amount of uncovered driftwood logs and debris now exposed on the previously nothing-but-sand beach (photos).  Due to high water flow, the unnamed small stream just south of the Driftwood Shores Resort buildings has carved out a mini-Grand Canyon between the outflow pipe and the ocean.  This hasn't happened since 2008 when I started walking this Mile.

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146 SmithRiver 02/26/2017 View full report 8
237 [email protected] 02/25/2017 View full report 1
200 [email protected] 02/25/2017

Beautiful day on miles 200, no wind and blue sky.  Few items that I would like to report on.  See photos.  Will email separately, as my wi-fi is not letting me load them.  Dawn, check your email.  Would you add to this report please? 

1 dead seal about 200 yards south of Patterson State Park entrance, high tide line.  Damage to skull, and tale.

1 dead bird - gull?

3 - egg masses, not sure what they are.  1 - missed the photo op. 

1 - large tree with the root wad.  Hope people are alert to the fact that it is a moving object with wave action. 

 

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116 [email protected] 02/19/2017 DISPATCH

Just a cursuray visit. Saw four people and 1 dog in total. 3 vehicles in car park. Noticed lots of small plastic fragments in wrack line. Found a boat bumper (?) from Cape Sebastian. Wonder if more land fallling into cove. Plenty of trash in cove, perhaps more than usual.

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171 oldMGguy 02/17/2017

A pleasent day for a walk on the sandy beach at Florence!  Harbor seals and surf scoters observed working the near-shore surf.  Huge amounts of sand have been removed from the upper beach by this winter's storms and big waves, exposing enormous amounts of long-buried driftwood logs, stumps, and woody debris.

There was a large concentration of the 3-5" long "Pyrosoma" pelagic tunicates on the north half of the beach (photo).  There was also lots of some sort of jelly that I've never seen before (photo).  At first, I thought they were sea foam bubbles until I poked one.  It looks very similiar to pasta cooking shells, about 1 to 1 1/4" long, 1/2" wide, about 1/2" in vertical.  Clear, moon jelly-like material, but I could not see any internal organs like most jellies.  Does anyone know what this is?  They were all along Mile 171 today.

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185 lfleming 02/17/2017

A lot of people and their dogs out enjoying a break in the weather.  The walkway in had a lot of logs and debris on it making access harder.  Quite a few visitors agate hunting in the winter cobbles.  The bluff seemed to have more erosion than usual. 

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220 DKPowell 02/15/2017

Three observations: First, there is more slippage than when I last went this way in fall of 2016. Second, the NW 68th access is a site of a pumping station for Newport. Today, I noticed that a new post has been placed there--it contains empty bags for persons to collect trash. There was already a full bag, I collected about 1/3 bag--as noted, the sand was very clean of plastic. What I picked up was in the cobblestones at the access. Third, I found a jaw bone and two other fragments. Since Hatfield was closed today (Wednesday) I will take them there for identification hopefully tomorrow. The size of the big fragment is 5 3/4 inches.

NOTE: on Thursday, February 16 I took the jaw bone to HMSC--William Hanshumaker posited that it was a seal bone. A note to self: take Garmin for exact locations.

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220 DKPowell 02/15/2017

This is an update to yesterday's report.

The jaw bone and two fragments found near NW 68th Street were taken to Hatfield today. William Hanshumaker gave the identification as "seal".

I am including several more jpgs showing slippage. 1268=Path to top of Yaquina head at 57th-erosion of trail. 1270=cliff erosion. 1272-these pipes weren't visible last fall.

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198 bahngarten 02/12/2017

Calm cloudy morning. Nobody on beach.  1 lone mature bald eagle scanning tideline, several gulls and crows present. Driftline contents: many razor clam shells, few strands of bull kelp, some 4" Dungeness crab shells, moderate amounts of wood pieces, some larger logs.  15 lbs of plastic pieces and several bottles removed from beach. Notable were logs and sand pushed into Beachside campground in several spots( usual for winter tidal surges).  Camp host trailer on site. 

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180 billmaxmcw 02/12/2017

Recent high tides to cliff bases.  Moderate winter erosion.  Fairly light amount of mixed plastic debris (one bag).

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287 C Nelson 02/11/2017

Observed fairly large amounts of ocean-based debris deposited by winter storms, winds, and high tides; also evidence of waves overtopping foredune. Given the wet winter we've had, probably not surprising to see a larger than expected number of people enjoying a dry day at the beach.

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293 stu and barb 02/07/2017

Pretty typical Feb. afternoon...24 people and 7 dogs braving the windy & cloudy beach, with rain coming soon.  Recent high tides have left their mark on the dunes and streams.  Modest amount of human debris...the usual aluminum cans, plastic bottles, rope and assorted stuff (one bag was sufficient).  Lots of rocks,shells, sea grass, and small drift wood.  Some new erosion near the Sand Dollar Resaurant.  Public notice signs have been posted by Oregon Parks and Recreation regarding a rip rap revetment application.  At first look, it appears this request could be justified.  Saw about 20'of the remaining "bones" of  the Emily Reed near the Silver Sands Motel.  She was a 215' ship carrying 2,100 tons of coal from Newcastle New South Wales when she ran aground at the Nehalem Bar on Feb 14, 1908...almost 119 years ago...great lumber!  Think the last sighting was in 2010.

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245 TerryH 02/06/2017 DISPATCH

Several hundred small specimens of Pyrosoma (fire body) atlanticum scattered about at water's edge.   Two resident bald eagles often sighted, perched high in the tree on top of the Point.    

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116 [email protected] 01/29/2017

Not much evidence of the recent high tides. Found unusual to me things in the low drift line. An abundance of small snails on rocks. I myself murdered quite a few by walking out on the rocks. Doesn't seem to be any shortage of adult snails in the cove, by my reckoning.

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122 JohnnyCN 01/29/2017

The waves/surf wasn't nearly as high today as it was the last time I walked the beach just a couple of days ago.  The weather was also better and there was no wind.  Due to this calmness, I think, there were many more people present, all of whom were walking the beach, some with their dogs.  Everyone was in a good mood, and the dogs were well controlled.  The only wildlife present were 7 "peeps" wandering with the waves and the occasional sea gull flying over.   The foredune showed its battle with the waves reflected in undercut banks and vegetation, and 2 or 3 deep cuts into the vegetated areas.  Overall, this mile of beach clearly shows scars from the recent storm.

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291 cemilligan 01/28/2017

Today was a beautiful day at the beach, partly sunny, light breeze, warm air temperature.  The tide was almost at its highest point.  Several people were walking around the beach, enjoying the sand and playing in the waves.  It was apparent that the shoreline had been greatly impacted by the recent king tides.  Driftwood and debris that had previously been located lower on the shoreline had been pushed up onto the ridge above, roughly 5-10 feet.  This made our trash collection efforts much more difficult as the footing was unpredictable.  We successfully removed 4 bags of litter, a destroyed crab pot, and a small boat buoy.  Much to my disdain there was a considerable amount of styrofoam pellets all over the beach.  These were next to impossible to completely remove as they averaged in size from a quarter to the end of a pen and blanketed almost the entire mile. 

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238 [email protected] 01/27/2017

This was the first time I visited mile 238. Most of the debris picked up washed in from the ocean. 

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131 JohnnyCN 01/27/2017

When I arrived for my walk, there was a limited area of beach to walk on.  By the time I left, the waves were sweeping clear up to the foredune in many places and there was no beach to walk on at all.  Due to the height of the tide, I only walked about 3/4 of a mile, but I checked out the other quarter mile through my binoculars and saw no extraordinary changes or any people.  There were only a few people walking the beach near the parking lot, and two surf fishermen standing on the surf and who seemed certain they wouldn't be washed away, though they did complain about the height of the tide.  Logs and stumps and other large wood debris were being rolled around by the waves in a quite impressive way.  The only wildlife were a couple of surf scoters; interestingly enough, not a single gull was present.  One short section of beach reflected wave action, vehicle abuse, or both, where the steep foredune had been flattened into a ramp-like entrance onto the beach from the higher vegetated dunes.  It was scarred by vehicle tracks.  The most impressive aspect of my walk was the power of the waves that crashed in a calm but inexorable violence as though in a carefully rehearsed assault on the land.

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220 lmabeggs 01/24/2017

The beach had very little sand on it.  It was mostly rocks of various sizes.  There was no debris except for isolated areas of plastic pieces.  I was there at a very low tide, but the signs of high water and heavy surf were apparent on the beach.  There was quite a lot of erosion of the vegetated bluff.

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236 Streets 01/23/2017

The beach was swept clean. Only a pocketful of small plastic bits. After scouring the upper reaches, I decided that all birds on mile 236 are alive and well.

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335 srhoads 01/23/2017

Beautiful day, peaceful. Lots of people on the beach, especially at the Peter Iredule just north of mile 335. The dunes are building-up.

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208 Batthecat 01/23/2017 View full report 5
146 SmithRiver 01/23/2017

It was a beautiful calm day at the beach.  The tide had brought in so much driftwood, one had to clime over it just to enter the beach area from the trail leading from the parking lot.  

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295 Nedonnaman 01/23/2017

Effects of storms and high tides over last couple of weeks striking -- northern half mile shows major erosion of fore dune.  Lots of large logs high up on beach; relatively few smaller pieces.  Fair amount of sand added to beach; looks more like mid-summer width than usual winter. 

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