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23 Botermans 01/25/2023

There was a lot of small plastic debris and natural tree debris along the tide line between Meyers Creek and a short distance south of the stacks.  There are more beach rocks exposed by the stacks due to removal of the sand by the waves - see pics.  There is more driftwood and it is pushed up against the sand dunes and in some places up and over the sand bluff - see pics. We walked the beach south of Pistol River Middle access last week before the King tides and there was larger debris, i.e. sand bucket, plastic cups, boat rope, etc. and a lot more driftwood.  The Pistol River estuary was full of wood; it looked like a mill pond.

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291 sndlwd 01/24/2023

Widened to beach access could increase king tide current flow toward homes. Fresh water creek changes every season depending on sand deposits.

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203 KFunk 01/24/2023 DISPATCH

After observing 8 snowy plovers on Mile 200 yesterday, I wanted to check up on the plovers on Mile 203. I frequently see them on the beach in this area and was curious about where they go when the tide comes in and there is no beach left. Although the tide was only 6.07 feet yesterday when I was walking near Beach Access  67A, I did have to jump up on the dunes while I was walking. And, when I did, to my surprise, I counted 10 plovers up on the dune. I observed them flying to the ground in front of the dunes feeding when the tide went out, as well as, flying up on the dunes when the tide came in. How exciting!

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202 Jon French 01/23/2023

Since my last Mile 202 walk in mid December, King Tides and storms have deposited a large amount of driftwood up and down the beach and have eroded portions of the foredune along the more narrow northern end of the mile. The King Tides themselves have been relatively mild, with the storms and accompanying rains, high winds, and heavy surf, the strongest on December 27th, contributing to most of the changes seen here. Although some of the new driftwood may be marine in origin, I think most of it flows down the Alsea River during high water and out to sea, from where it's soon washed back ashore, with the heaviest concentrations occurring on Mile 202 just north of Alsea Bay and to the south along the beach at Gov. Patterson State Park. As has happened before, the storms and rough beach conditions have temporarily scattered the 40 to 50 Snowy Plovers who winter here, but as before they'll probably return now with the better weather. Although commercial crabbing season started a week ago, I didn't find any crabbing or other marine debris, and only a couple of beachgoing items, a dog frisbee and a plastic toy. Beginning in February, I'll be doing monthly beached bird surveys for COASST (Coastal Observation And Seabird Survey Team) on this mile.

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200 KFunk 01/23/2023

Although there were only 6 cars parked at Patterson Creek State Park this early Monday morning, I saw quite a few walkers and off leash dogs on the beach. I crossed the heavily flowing creek to start my mile and headed south close to the ocean.  The latest tide line had a little kelp or grass, sticks, a few large branches, a 3 foot piece of a 2x4, lots of rocks (more than normal), a few mussels and crab bodies and some small pieces of rope. There were not many gulls out this morning but one was eating something near the ocean and it turned out to be a dead bird. This was the only dead bird I saw this time. 

As I turned around near the Big Stump to head north by the dunes, I noticed that the water pipe had a good stream of water flowing out of it. As I walked north, I could see where the tide had reached the dunes, toppling some of them and depositing logs, debris and trash. There are a few sets of stairs that lead from the cottages and beach houses to the beach. A few of them had debris and logs pushed up close to them.  One of the places I check every walk is the path from 101 to the beach (across from the SW Sea Way Loop on 101). This path comes to the dune height and previously you could climb down the dune to the beach. Today, I was unable to even see where the path was. The dunes were so high (10-12 feet) and I was not able to get access to the top of them. 

The most exciting part of the walk was stumbling upon 8 snowy plovers feeding near the ocean. This was the first time I've seen them at this location. I did observe 3 unleashed dogs heading toward the plovers and mentioned to the owner that they were there. He was interested to hear about the plovers and said he saw them in the same location a few weeks ago. He also said he would leash his dogs when he got close to them.  

There was quite a bit of trash near the dunes - plastic water bottle, coffee lid, toy shovel, rope, plastic shotgun shells and lots of microplastics and styrofoam. I've noticed the plastic shotgun shells washed up on another beach nearby. I haven't seen those before this winter.

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287 C Nelson 01/22/2023

The primary purpose of this visit was to observe the impact of the last of this winters king tides. Because the beach is so wide and gently sloping on this mile, the extremely high tides do not look as dramatic here as they might elsewhere. However the high tide did come all the way up to the base of the foredune, leaving little room for walking on the sandy beach (see photos). Possibly because of the high tide and sneaker wave warning in place for the day, there were few people on the beach until after the tide began to recede. What little beach was exposed was very littered with lots of debris - most of it natural (logs, branches, tons of eel grass) but also with a fair amount of human-caused trash (lots of plastic bottle lids, shotgun wads, a few plastic bottles including one with labels printed in Japanese, many short strands of plastic line/rope, several longer pieces of fishing rope, even a child-size plastic shovel). We picked up a large garbage bag full of plastic debris and saw another party of two picking up plastic litter as well. All in all, the impact of this season's king tides seemed relatively minimal today on this stretch of Bayocean spit.

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225 CherieE53 01/21/2023

Many visitors taking photos of king tides. 

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236 Streets 01/20/2023 DISPATCH

Beautiful day. About 3 dozen people and half a dozen dogs, walking, throwing balls, on the vast expanse of exposed beach. The usual gradual cliff erosion, most noticeably at World Mark and the Park. No debris.

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245 TerryH 01/20/2023

Another chunk of Roads End State Park has slid.  Refer to Sept 30th report photos for comparison.  Notified Park Ranger Ryan Parker.  Much erosion of foredune just north of the Park.  The emergency beach access at 64th St is washed out.  Wrack line full of plastic bits and pine needles.  Crab boats are busy, just outside the Cascade Head Marine Reserve.  Nice winter day.  Many families on the beach.

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182 mj6dolphin 01/20/2023

Not a lot in the driftline due to recent king tide. There were some logs and driftwood by the trail entrance but they were not blocking the entrance to the beach.

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219 YHONA 01/20/2023

It is a beautiful, quiet day. There was light to moderate levels of marine debris on the beach, lots of bits of sea pork, and three dead, untagged birds. I found a decent-sized landslide at the south end of Cobble Beach, but it didn't apear to cause any damage. Finally, I found a broken bench at Quarry Cove, and will report it to our maintenance staff.

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255 SchermerSG 01/19/2023

Found one water bottle in driftwood. Observed a blue heron and a bald eagle. 

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220 Hillsideshack 01/19/2023

Continued changes on 220 due to the rains, high tides and normal loss of sand in winter. Found 1 WEGR dead (not COASST tagged), saw 2 live black oystercatchers. Most of the beach was fairly clean due to the King Tides but there were areas where there was lots of microplastics/nurdles and small garbage. The bluffs have certainly been active, photos show some of the recent changes. The black plastic pipes continue to erode out of the bluff (no photos today as they look similar to last photos).

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194 tietjenl 01/19/2023

Enjoyed a warm sunny afternoon stroll on Mile 194 with no wind. Tide was still going out in the early afternoon heading for a -0.2ft tide at 5:18p. The high tide line was still wet from all the rain and high tides, so had to watch my step due to slippery conditions. Observed many gulls, sea stars, green anemones, mussels and barnacles, but didn't observe any killdeer or oystercatchers today. No obvious erosion noted during the King Tides. Gorgeous ocean surf!

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336 MatthewsE 01/19/2023

This beach has not been surveyed since 2019 for Oregon Shores, since 2020 for COASST.  I thought I would do a survey for both organizations since the news of 2 whales washing up, located by the wreckof the Peter Iredale: a juvenile sperm whale and a baby gray whale.

Nice day, 47 degrees, no or very little breeze. 68 people counted walking the beach and viewing whales. Six cars driving on the beach (in unarthorized areas). One person flying a drone over the sperm whale, one person getting out of his pickup and started controlling a remote controlled toy pickup.

7 beached birds found: 1 Common Murre & 6 Cassin's Auklets  

The whales were found and reported, before my survey.

The plastic litter was a terrible mess up and down the mile...located in the wrack, bare and wood zones....I've never seen anything like it.

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339 edjoyce 01/17/2023

Lots of erosion and dune retreat.

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188 GasiorowskiM 01/16/2023

There were two mudslides on the north beach, 20-40 yards north of the parking area, that appeared to be recent. And some trees seem to have fallen down from the top of the bluffs overlooking the north beach.  So bluff erosion is continuing to occur.  There did not seem to be as much erosion on the south beach bluffs.  However, the bluff erosion on the south side of the parking area may have increased, with thew bluff edge now only 7-8 feet from wooden fence and maybe 10 feet from the parking area curb.  

35-40 ducks were paddling in the surf.  I have not seen ducks here before, so they were probably seasonal migrants.  I could not get close enough to identify what type they were.  30-35 harbor seals were resting on the rocky islands just offshore, as is common here.  The water level was so high that, despite low tide, very few tidepools were accessible.  Those that were had the usual quantities of green anemones, small crabs, barnacles, mussels, and limpets.  Sea stars are common here but usually at depths not visible with high water levels.

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101 SEAgroup 01/16/2023

A large crane is still parked on the bluff south of Coquille Point, and is involved in constructing a chute or funicular going down to a house near the beach.
Stairway down to the beach from the Sunset Motel is still closed.

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291 BerrieC 01/14/2023 DISPATCH

Significant erosion at Pine Beach Loop and North Magruder during November/December King tides. 3 to 6 feet additional Dune erosion at McGruder. 20+/- additional trees down.

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287 JuliaH 01/13/2023

Remarkably clear smooth sand with small amount of driftwood pushed high up the beach. One dead bird, possibly a petrel. Very little seaweed except a couple of tangles of kelp, one of which had a large rope entangled, which I extracted and salvaged. It was a fairly warm, cloudy day with a light wind and brief rain shower. Besides my guest, his dog and me, I saw 3 people and 3 dogs on the beach. Two horses were being loaded in the parking lot when I arrived and I saw horse prints on the beach but no manure. No wildlife other than a gull or two over the water.

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261 beattieb 01/07/2023 DISPATCH

Commenting on the previous mile report, 1/3/23.  Thank you Erik for reporting. The big differences I see from your photos are increased rock exposure and sluffing of sand bank below the condominiums just north of the ramp. The undermining of the ramp is significantly increased since last year. Repairs from last year appear to have been cosmetic, using small rocks and sand shoved into the undermined area. Summer wind blown sand covered the area but this has apparently been removed by the increased wave activity.  Also the storm drain pipe and bank to the south appears to have receded 3-4’ exposing more pipe and creating a steep bank on the dune. Thank you for posting this report.

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271 jessejones 01/04/2023

Today was a marine debris survey with WEBS. Two rangers joined us. It was incredibly stormy. Arrived at beach at 11, left at 1. 

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261 MatthewsE 01/03/2023

My first official report of mile 261 Cape Kiwanda

From viewing the previous King tide action from the week prior on varius other website, I was very cautious of what mile 261 might look like. I have only reported once on this mile in September, so I don't have a lot of history with it. So I leave that to otherers, before me, to look at the photos and deciper the differences.

Starting at the North end of the mile, the boat ramp and side ditch really looked damaged and undercut from the previous King Tides. Lots of foam action in the surf zone still. The Wrack zone was made up almoste entirely of wood chips and pieces; no signs of shells or moultings. Noticed a good amount of litter, styrofoam and such, at least more than I'm used to from walking Newport South Beach, mile 214.

Lots of scars and cutting scars in the dunes (reminds me of a Dr. Who episode).

No beached birds or marine mammals. Four gulls flying. 6 dogs...not on leash. 17 people one who was kayaking.   

 

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241 BethJ 01/03/2023

Very high tide, so beach access was thwarted on the Nelscott end. Conditions were also unfavorable for access on the north end; however, there were some people and dogs I observed on the beach. I wanted to be sure to collect some photographs to get started on my report for mile 241.

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127 ThomasCL 01/01/2023

Beach dune has notable amount of grass roots showing. Much more dune erosion than in past months. Notable lack of animal crab casings today. Lots of wave foam. Very few birds flying in area.  People were on beach today in larger groups than ths time of year, likely because it is a holiday. Some had dogs on and off leashes. No dog waste noted on beach anywhere.  Some ORV driving up and down in beach. There was NO park host present at site, bathrooms in very poor maintenance- lack of toilet paper, toilets unclean etc. All vehicles in parking space had passes. One person packing up a tent that appears to have been camping.

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338 Randy and Beth 01/01/2023

A very quiet day on our beach mile with beach clean of debris/driftwood. Erosion of dune/grasses due to recent King tides. Very little man made garbage; the beach appeared scoured clean. Only a few sandpipers and gulls in water zone. 

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204 Jon French 01/01/2023

By the time I got to Driftwood Wayside, a lot of people had already arrived for their New Years Day beach walks, some 30 vehicles in the parking lot and 30 - 40 people down on the beach, accompanied by at least half as many dogs, almost all leashed.  Driftwood Beach is very flat and so wide during an outgoing tide that despite their numbers the beachgoers and their dogs almost disappeared in its expanse. The sand was still mostly wet from a recent storm with heavy surf that had crossed the beach and had pushed the driftline up against the dunes. Given the rough weather, I was surprised not to find any beached birds, and very little debris. I did come across an old friend, a huge old growth driftwood log that I had first seen and photographed south of Buckley Creek in June and October 2020, then again in February 2021 after it moved north of the creek. Then it had disappeared.  It's back now, and during its absence I've walked from Alsea Bay to Seal Rock without seeing it, so maybe it's been out at sea.  All in all, today's walk was a pretty nice way to begin 2023. 

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184 simmonsk 01/01/2023

One of the busiest days I've observed on Ocean Beach.  When we arrived there were 13 cars and 1 RV in the parking lot, when we left there were 28 cars and 2 RVs!  In addition to people on the beach, all the picnic tables were filled.  Lots of people rock hunting after the recent King Tide and big storm.  Also lots of people hoping to spot some whales since the ocean was calmer than it has been in recent days.  Since the King Tides, all the driftwood on the south end of the beach has been taken back out to sea.  The north end of the beach still has a large concentration of driftwood.  The rock fields typically present this time of year are drawing lots of rock hounds.  As usual the amount of trash, particularly large plastics, styrofoam and fishing line, were present in the driftline especially on the north end of the beach where they got caught in the rocks. The waterfalls along the bluff are gushing water creating multiple small streams across the beach. Finally, a word of caution, although it was a lower tide for the winter, the waves were unpredictable.  I saw lots of people running to get out of the way of incoming waves. Remember to never turn your back on the ocean; always be aware.  

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293 Mary and Zio 01/01/2023

Overall the beach looked pretty good for post king tides and fireworks. Uptick in small plastic fragments found in drift line. Less trash than summer found from picnics (it's been a stormy week), but closer to higher concentration areas trash and spent fireworks were found. 

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295 ALawson 01/01/2023

Considerable amount of logs washed up. Several access paths blocked by logs. See photos.

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274 rogans 01/01/2023

It was a sunny, but chilly, New Years day. About 50 brave (or insane) souls braved a quick dip in the ocean.

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209 Sakamoto 12/31/2022

There was more litter on the beach after the recent storm. Lots of micro plastics.The beach could use a scheduled cleanup. There was some graffiti on the rocks. The erosion on the bluffs appeared to not have changed much...will keep track of them.

 

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214 FlaningamM 12/31/2022 DISPATCH

Unleashed dog chasing feeding shorebirds, and insufficient campaign to educate beach-goers to prevent this. 

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199 MathisS 12/30/2022 DISPATCH

I was unable to walk the entire mile. The creek to the north was running too deep to get across. Standing water on parts of the beach. No human activity. Scattered areas along the approximate 1/2 mile had more trash than previous visits, including micro-plastic. I picked up what I could. 1 dead bird and parts of others. More driftwood north of the creek than there has been previously. 

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238 Cathy238 12/29/2022

Very little beach to walk on at this time of year at high tide. Waves come in all the way to the riprap line. Beware of sneaker waves. Accesses are still hazardous or unusable on Mile 238. 

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327 sultanym 12/28/2022

A late afternoon walk on mile 327 revealed three species of kelp washed up on the wrack line: bull kelp, sea palm, and giant kelp, and three species of dead avifauna: Common murre, Northern fulmar, and rhinocerus auklet. Live wildlife included a common raven, peregrine falcon, bald eagle, 35 sanderlings, 12 dunlin, and a single snowy plover. Much of the sand was wet from recent high tides, with abundant sea foam blowing across the beach. The wrack line near the Del Rey entrance road had many piece of woody debris from recent storm surges and fierce winter weather.

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146 Mike Mueller 12/28/2022 DISPATCH

Viewed & recorded a very high tide with a strong wind behind it creating a King Tide like conditions. Also recorded several minutes of video footage. This system will not allow movies to be admitted.

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179 ThomasK 12/27/2022

The parking lot was closed due to King Tide debris washing up onto the parking lot and possbility of sneaker waves. Strong gusty wind kept most visitors off the parking lot area. A few ventured out to feel the power of the wind. The beach was completely covered by the high 7.8ft tide. One person with a tripod did his best to take some photos of the pounding surf. I am sure the salt spray clouded his lens. There was a stream of cars that drove by to see if the parking lot was open. A few parked in the overflow lot under the bridge. With the King Tide and strong winds, I expected to see a lot of debris in the parking lot. 

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226 gsmeyer 12/22/2022

There were no human activities noted near the shoreline, which is usual for this mile, but there was activity at the Lookout, where there were a moderate number of people parking and going to the viewpoints and into the Lookout building gift shop.  The fact that the weather was pleasant, if a little cool, made the area reasonably user friendly for this time of year.  What was notable about the wildlife was the lack of it.  No physical changes were observed since the last observation at the autumnal equinox, but coming king tides coupled with storm waves could have an influence, though the resistant basalt cliffs along the mile tend to resist erosion.

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330 LEWI 12/21/2022

On the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2022 at an outgoing 5ft tide, three people surveyed Mile 330 for an hour. The weather was clear and sunny with minimal wind. There was 5 people and 2 dogs walking on the beach and 9 cars on the beach allowed areas. While walking north, we observed the foredune eroded with the backdune exposed. It was so eroded that the path from the Fort to Sea Trail was very visible (past 4 surveys, it was not). There was some Pacific Sea Nettle Jelly washed ashore in the tide line and 1 dead bird observed in the driftline. Very little trash was found. 

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339 edjoyce 12/19/2022

Dunes have taken on the typical winter shapes: steep with obvious erosion and retreat.

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209 Sakamoto 12/18/2022

10 people, 1 dog, three sets of vehicle tracks on beach (ATVs ?), wrackline rich with all kinds of debris, both organic and plastic. 

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220 Hillsideshack 12/17/2022 DISPATCH

Including photos of a black plastic pipe sticking out of Mile 220 bluff and odd milky fluid coming out of bluff and over rocks. 

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9 HeatherE 12/17/2022

Beach was calm and clean. No major disturbances to report, aside from perhaps the 2 drainage pipes noted.
5 people and 1 dog were present/walking; 1 truck in parking lot; live birds at shoreline; 

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199 MathisS 12/15/2022

Gorgeous sunny day. People activity only towards north end. Beach is very clean, only a handful of small plastic/styrofoam picked up. The wrack line consisted mainly of stones, shells, some seaweed and some papery shreds I assume are from some kind of sealife. 3 dead birds, 2 species. 2 live seagulls. There are a few newly deposited large logs. One of them is covered in small barnacles.

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307 Bald Eagle 12/15/2022

There were two people and one dog walking on the beach.  There was a small amount of bank erosion near one home.  The beach was very clean.

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297 NehalemBay 12/15/2022

This was a sunny, cold, blustery day with 8 people and 2 dogs walking or biking(1) on the extensive beach.  The sand has covered most of the wood now and the beach is long and flat to the water with little wrack.  There have been no disturbances in this area.  The grass (hopefully the native kind) is growing up where it has been planted for the Snowy Plover.  One bird carcass was recorded, a Western Gull, and several other gulls were overhead.  One small flock of shore birds was busy along the waterline. 

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3 FionaDC 12/14/2022

Natural changes in the sand deposition; wrack line includes wood pieces, animal casings, small amount of plasitics and fiberglass debris. Improvements to Beachfront RV Park noted. Shoreline wildlife includes 20 Western Gulls, 18 juvenile, 2 adult; 3 Crows; 50 Cormorants fishing in water appear to Double-crested.

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210 mrkopplin 12/14/2022

Sunny, calm and quiet.

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243 garretta 12/13/2022

Quiet mid week day with chilly temperatures, cloudy that turned to sunny in the afternoon. High sand levels and high tides limit the width of the beach. High tides are sweeping the beaches and taking litter and logs so beaches are pretty clean. 

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202 Jon French 12/13/2022

I entered the beach hoping to find and count the Western Snowy Plovers that winter here. I encountered the flock spread out loosely over about fifty yards near the wet sand line. A dying Snowy Plover had been discovered here a month ago which, after its death, reportedly tested positive for HPAI avian flu, so I watched the plovers and looked for any unusual behavior but didn't notice anything. Mostly the birds just sat resting in human footprints, so I was able to get a good count of 44 plovers and two sanderlings, similar to previous counts and suggesting a fairly stable and healthy population of wintering plovers here. This was a successful nesting season for plovers on Mile 202, prompting Oregon State Parks, which manages the beaches, to discuss with the City of Waldport the city's annual July 3rd fireworks display which shoots up from the north beach of Alsea Bay, the object being to insure that the city's fireworks don't negatively impact future plover nesting. Hopefully, this will be resolved to everyone's satisfaction.

I formerly but no longer volunteer for the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service, so my comments above are solely my own as a CoastWatch volunteer. Aside from seeing the plovers, I walked down to Alsea Bay on this beautiful morning and watched recreational boaters fishing and crabbing, then I turned back north with the sea and sand and sky stretched out in front of me and not a person in sight. Don't tell anyone.

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287 C Nelson 12/12/2022

A pleasant December afternoon. Sunny, calm, quiet, not many visitors, little visible trash (only picked up one bag of miscellaneous items, including lots of plastic shotgun wads). A dead salmon deposited in the driftline was the first I've seen in my years of walking this mile, otherwise nothing notable to report. 

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219 YHONA 12/12/2022

It has been a beautiful, calm morning at Yaquina Head with low wind and one visitor. The main observation of note is the injured gull on Cobble Beach. I am still working on contacting a care facility to see if a rescue may be possible. There was also a freshly dead cormorant on the beach with no apparent tags. Finally, there were about 32 seals hauled out on offshore rocks in Quarry Cove. They are quite close to the beach but didn't seem bothered by my presence. Large crowds or dogs might spook them. 

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286 WelchHV 12/07/2022

Crab pot, 2 crates looked as if they had been dragged to dune line awaiting collection

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203 JLcoasties 12/06/2022

New beach access point, 66B, has been installed on mile 203. 

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274 rogans 12/05/2022

It was a beautiful, sunny, calm day on the beach.

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214 MatthewsE 12/05/2022

Beautiful day at Newport. 47 degrees, sunny and no wind.

Hardly any logs visible on the entire mile: either burried or washed away. Surf, bare and wrack zones very smooth. Foredunes slope very gradually. 2 gulls flying and 29 snowy plovers resting in upper bare zone south end of mile.

3 instance of litter very clean this beach has always been!

Found 1 beached tuna, 1 large immature juvenile gull and two sooty shearwaters (Reported the birds to COASST)

29 people on the beach, mostly walking and a few surfing, 5 dogs.

 

 

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303 jessejones 12/05/2022 DISPATCH

A steel platform washed up on Oswald West about a month ago. Volunteers are picking up the foam pieces that have broken away from the structure and state parks' staff is working on a plan for removal. Photos provided by CoastWatch volunteer John Morris. 

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116 alaingamerica 12/03/2022 DISPATCH

I returned to Mile 116 for a Sea Star Observation Survey. Dispite the area I had decided to check being flooded by the incoming tide, I did have another questionable find. I have sent the picture off to MARINe. I also found one dead cormorant.

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240 mulholland 12/03/2022

Nothing unusual or concerning noted.  It was a beautiful day and people were just out enjoying the beach.

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314 tabeag 12/02/2022

Chilly winter day with few visitors on the beach. Common mergansers, buffleheads, and mallards swimming in the river. A female bufflehead swimming in the ocean in the sand bridge between Chapman Point and Bird Rock 1.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 12/01/2022

King tides have washed up to the bluffs but no erosion. Sand is still built up high on the beach, several feet at least. Very little man made debris. 

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179 ThomasK 11/29/2022

It was a cold, windy, day with chance of rain at any moment. Not many people ventured out to watch the ocean or walk up the trail past the Heceta Assistant Keepers dueplex (now a B&B and interpretive center), past the gift shop, and up to the lighthouse. Beach still covered with sand and not much debris on the wrack line. Two people fishing in the surf. One dead gull. 

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182 Dale Lee 11/26/2022 DISPATCH

No issue to report, but a recently deceased sturgeon was near the top of the wrack line. Google images says it was a green sturgeon, but ID was closer to a white. The fish was grey, and approximately 7.5 feet long. Not sure what happened, although gut was damaged. High swell say 10-12 feet.

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201 kalninsp 11/26/2022

North side looked pretty clean very minor trash and evidence of erosion. South side showed more trash and erosion of bluffs.

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120 [email protected] 11/25/2022

In addition to the 6 kayaks in the water, 5 other boats and 4 surfboards on cars in the (3) lots. The swash line from the highest tide, about an hour earlier, had lapped the foredune and up the cliff-face a couple of feet, hiding the drift; However, large knots of wrack, mostly land-sourced (tree twigs and needles and such), collected in nooks and eddies at the water/shore interface.

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184 simmonsk 11/25/2022 DISPATCH

Today was the second day of King Tides for November 2022.  There were several people observing the tides from the safety of the stairs and in the parking lot overlooking the beach.  The beach was completely covered with tide reaching the back bluff.  It was not possible to see to the end of the beach because of the weather conditions, too foggy and rainy.  The tides brought a large amount of driftwood onto the beach including, two logs which I estimated to be over 20 feet in length.  

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52 [email protected] 11/21/2022

Beautiful day on Mile 52; 31 people enjoying the beach on a warm and calm afternoon; majority of visitors hunt for agates near the south beach access; two off-leash dogs roam freely; four dogs are leashed in compliance with park rules; 1 OHV enters beach at Paradise Point and drives south to Agate Beach/Tseriadun access, crossing from wet sand into dry sand/dune area, causing potential disturbance to wintering flock of snowy plovers (7 birds observed); flock of 14 American crows hover near beach and perch in trees adjacent to south beach access; driftline contains mostly small rock, shells, wood and kelp; very little trash

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217 IsraelK 11/21/2022 DISPATCH

Quick walk during mid-afternoon hours. Noticed a fairly fresh sea lion washed to shore lying near Jump off Joe. Conditions were calm and tide was out with sun and wispy clouds in the sky.

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116 alaingamerica 11/20/2022

The weather had very light cloud cover, but I logged it as Sunny. The kelp in the wrack line looked old to me, but it was very crusted with salt, which may have fooled me. I found lots and lots of sea stars. One individual caused me concern and I am going to submit a report to MARINe. It is very gratifying to find so many sea stars.

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274 rogans 11/20/2022

Another mostly sunny day on the beach - In November!

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254 heidenreichh 11/20/2022

One dead sea lion which I understand is all too common at this time  on the Oregon Coast.

Erosion continues on dunes north of the end of the rip rap.

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239 ORbeach 11/20/2022

Sunny, calm day.  Only a few beach walkers.  We picked up a very few small pieces of trash.  The harbor seals were not at their usual resting spot at the north end of the Salishan Spit, but there were a few in the water.  There appeared to be a few on a sand bar offshore.

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286 WelchHV 11/20/2022

Tide ebbing. Beach looked scoured. Driftwod pieces high up in dune line edge. No birds seen on shore. One dead bird. Mid size, dark colored feathers on wings otherwise unrecognizable. No jellyfish or fragments. 

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256 RossW 11/19/2022

Nice day walking on beach. Beach was clean. More logs and wood than previous visits.

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184 simmonsk 11/19/2022

It was a warm, sunny day on Ocean Beach.  The recent high tides have moved a lot of summer sand off the beach exposing rock fields up and down the beach.  There were a few people rock hunting.  A sign is posted warning pet owners about the current outbreak of leptospirosis.  A distressed sea lion was observed on the southern end of the beach.  I reported it to ODFW.  I also warned two dog owners in the parking lots advising them to leash their dogs as directed by the warning sign. They appreciated the warning and left the beach.  There was a large concentration of white, rod shaped organisms about one inch in length all along the beach in the drift line.  I was not able to identify them.  The first king tides of the season are next week. I have filed a report with COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team).

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219 YHONA 11/19/2022

It was a brilliantly sunny day although the stiff east wind was very chilly. Nothing unusual to report apart from the dead owl on the beach. The driftline was less dense than one would expect (less, wood and kelp and ocean-based debris) possibly because there havent been any storms for a week or so. 

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 11/18/2022

A quiet, sunny day on the beach. The guy sitting in a lawn chair reading next to Battle Rock had the right idea.

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 11/18/2022

On a mild, sunny Friday in November we found the beach pretty quiet. We saw 15 people on the beach, most walking. There were 2 kayaks or in the bay. We have not seen them there before, though there is a kayak rental business at the Port. This was also the first time we saw seals (3 of them) sunning themselves on small rocks out in the bay. They might have been young as their fur was pretty light in color.

Someone cut up a driftwood log into field firewood lengths and hauled the pieces to the access road. (note from CoastWatch Coordinator: Cutting up driftwood on the beach is a violation. Carrying driftwood to your vehicle is allowed.)

We checked out the abandoned campsite I noticed on a previous visit and the rotting tent is still there, draped over a branch. We didn't go all the way up to it because it was too creepy.

There's a few healthy clumps of Pampas grass on the hillside just west of Hubbard Creek.

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183 Sandy Watch 11/17/2022

Yesterday started out as a bright sunny cold day with light wind, changing to a dark cloudy day. No wind at all on ocean picnic beach. The beaches had little to no gravel. Tide pools were filled with sand. Approximately 15 surf scooters in the waves. It was a gorgeous day!

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339 edjoyce 11/16/2022

Nothing unusual except for essentially no marine debris at all found.

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203 Nancy Thomas 11/16/2022

It was a beautiful sunny day.  Few people or dogs.  Few shorebirds, single Western and California Gull.  Did see a "murder" of American crows (23).  Beach is primarily flat.  Very little dune development visable in beach area.  Wrack primarily stones.  No debris collected. There were two beached (dead) Northern Fulmar still intact.  I reported these to the Beached Bird Network (COASST).  Did notice a human path has been created behind the large bluff at Buckley Creek.  This will more likely lead to increased erosion. 

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291 BerrieC 11/15/2022

Gorgeous, sunny day with very calm surf. Nothing unusual or of note, other than the dead skate on the beach. 

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101 SEAgroup 11/15/2022

A large crane has been stationed on top of the bluff just south of Coquille Point for several weeks, doing some sort of construction or restoration work above one of the houses that sits just above the beach. About 10 harbor seals were resting on the rocks at Coquille Point.  An osprey was seen flying overhead also at Coquille Point.

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174 GasiorowskiM 11/14/2022

Mile 174 is largely deserted, mainly because it is easily accessible only from the northern part of Mile 175.  There was some litter on the beach, together with various shells and seaweed.  A few shore birds were scurrying about at the southern end of Mile 174.

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261 beattieb 11/13/2022

Overall general continued erosion of sandstone bluff, new cracks in bluff seen.  Continued sluffing of dune edge just below condominiums north of the parking lot.  White paint line on riprap.

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179 ThomasK 11/09/2022 DISPATCH

A quick trip to check the Heceta Lighthouse Beach.  2 dead gulls oberved.  What looked to be the remains of a seal or sea lion with a large ball of wire inside.  Strange rocks were all over the beach.  I don't think rocks like these are usually seen on this beach. I'm curious as to where they came from. I kept one and have a picture of it if anyone is interested.  No humans on the beach while I was there. 

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245 TerryH 11/09/2022 DISPATCH

Dead raptor on the beach, an unusual sight.  About 15 inches in length, yellow talons, feathers were grey/black/white.  Best guess is a young peregrine falcon.  

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255 bballentine 11/09/2022

We have been monitoring this section of beach for over 10 years now. In that time we have seen a great reduction in the amount of trash on the beach. In the early years we would fill large trash bags with styrofoam, glass and plastic bottles, shoes and flip-flops, fishing net and rope segments, and other debris. In recent years we have rarely filled a small garbage bag with trash. On this visit the most common item picked up was the cap from plastic water bottles. 

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214 MatthewsE 11/03/2022

Had a nice day with the Beach Walk. Slightly cool, but warmed up by walking.

Physical: Beach is really smoothing out. No evidence of temporary streams or built up spots in the surf zone. Angles in Dunes at the edge of the wood zone have really softened, no sharp edges. Grass has grown up in the wood zones.

Trash: Mile 214 has always been really clean at the most I've only seen 3 pieces in one day. I have surveyed this beach once a month for a year now.

Re-find: California Sea Lion male juvenile found in almost exactly the same spot, although moved up in the Bare Zone.

New Find: For COASST... bird wings attached to partial breastbone...confirmed by COASST as Northern Fulmar.

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200 KFunk 11/03/2022

There were a few cars in the parking lot in Patterson State Park this cool non-windy Thursday morning. Patterson Creek was easy to cross to start my mile. The first thing I noticed was this very long log that was perpendicular to the shore line. I stepped it off and measured it to be between 65-70 feet long! The tide line closest to the ocean contained kelp, lots of feathers, crab body parts, wood pieces and sticks, and some kind of short string-like vegetation.  As I walked south, I counted about 30 gulls near the shoreline and saw a seal swimming close to the shore. There were a few groups of walkers and their dogs, but overall pretty quiet. As I turned around near the Big Stump to head north by the dunes, I noticed that the water pipe had no water coming out of it. As I walked north, I could see where the ocean tides had deposited lots of debris and dead birds close to the dunes. I counted a total of 11 dead birds. I inspected a path that leads to 101 just south of the Mile Post 158 sign. It had nicely built stairs and winds through the sandstone bluffs. Continuing to walk north,  I noticed more graffiti than usual on the sandstone bluffs. I snapped photos and compared with previous ones and there is definitely a lot of new graffiti. The trash on the beach was a little less than previous times - candy wrappers, plastic bag, tennis shoes, used band aid, some pieces of rope and netting and of course, pieces of styrofoam.
 

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52 FinsUp 10/31/2022 DISPATCH

Large bundles of kelp along the south side of Agate Beach.

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340 edjoyce 10/26/2022

Have not done this walk in a long time due to work being done on south jetty.  Looks the same.

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219 YHONA 10/25/2022

It was a chilly, cloudy/foggy Monday morning so there were only a handful of visitors in the park, none of whom were on the beach. The swell was large, so the harbor seals were unable to convalesce on the rocks. I did spot a few of them in the water as well as the usual gulls and pelicans plus a lone blue heron in the tidepools. The driftline was mostly comprised of natural debris - kelp, driftwood, shells and a portion of a gull carcass - but there were some bits of plastic that looked to be fishing related. It was nice to be on the beach all by myself.  

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204 Jon French 10/23/2022

This was probably the last dependably dry Mile 204 walk before the rains begin in earnest. The incoming tide covered most of the normally wide beach, the tides now beginning to erode the seasonal summer dunes. I walked from Driftwood Wayside to Fox Creek on the north, then south to Buckley Creek and back, tracking a little north of Mile 204's boundaries in order to keep my feet dry. Despite Driftwood Wayside being so accessible just off Highway 101, there were only a few people and their dogs, mine included, enjoying a beautiful Sunday morning on Driftwood Beach.

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293 Mary and Zio 10/22/2022 DISPATCH View full report 1
339 edjoyce 10/19/2022

Nothing unusual.

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197 mudslide 10/19/2022

Clean beach, mostly sunny day, although toward the end of my visit a chilly fog enveloped us. Twenty-one people, 4 dogs off leash; 2 bicyclists, 2 sitting, 16 walking, and 1 ranger patrolling on an ATV. A few gulls, a few crows. The drift line consisted of tiny unidentifiable bits, except for tiny transparent exoskeletons no more than 1/4" long (see photo). There were also intriguing patterns that seemed to have been made by something tunneling through the sand. I don't remember seeing this particular kind of trail before (see photo). 

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3 FionaDC 10/18/2022

People walking, playing in the sand, rockhunting, surfing and fishing, debris from picnicing, and fires noted. Metal ramps removed down to beach, improvements to Beachfront RV Park noted. 2 Common ravens on beach, 2 juvenile Double-crested cormorants swimming and diving, 1 Pelagic Cormorant flying.

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220 Hillsideshack 10/17/2022 DISPATCH

Very cool jelly on Schooner South today...like an iceberg!

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