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254 Jennifer1 12/29/2018

Windy, damp day for the mile walk. Evidence of king tide from flatted grasses and newly exposed logs on bluff. Collected one trash bag of marine/plastic debris. Mostly styrofoam, rather than plastics from previous years at this time. Winds were strong, and blown sand over much of the wrackline making small plastics less visible. 

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171 oldMGguy 12/29/2018

Overcast andf slight drizzle on today's Heceta Beach walk-about.  The entire mile was coated with river estuary sourced grasses and small woody twigs/branches washed downstream during the recent King tides.  Just a few chunks of moon and sea nettle jellies in the high water line.  The high tides also removed a lot of the upper beach sand back to the beach grass hummocks.  Scattered groups of sanderlings and the occasional crow were feeding in the surf out-wash.  Lots of dogs on the beach today, most off-leash.  Several were chasing shorebirds.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 12/29/2018

The  King Tides really changed the landscape at the Tish-a-Tang beach access. Loaded with kelp and timber. As to be expected,  whole new waves of plastic also washed ashore, along with ropes and a large shingle was found.

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198 bahngarten 12/28/2018

Cool, cloudy morning with light SW breeze . Small groups of actively feeding sanderlings along entire tideline. Estimate 250 total. 2 western bulls present, 1 dead bird wing, probable western gull by coloring. 7 people, 2 dogs walking beach. Notable was overtopped in several low lying areas of campground, with deposits of sand, logs and bull kelp( usual in winter). No campground host trailer or car present.

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243 garretta 12/27/2018

Holiday week and bright, sunny, calm day translated to lots of people on the beach. Majority in family groups with one large, 20+ group. Driftline had significant plant matter, appeared to maybe be agricultural straw, spread from at least NW 30th down to D-River. 

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102 beachnut 12/27/2018

The southern half of Mile 102 had nothing in the driftline apart from shell fragments and small stones. Oddly, there were no gulls or crows or sand hoppers or wood on rhe 1/4 mile south of the jetty. However there was driftwood on the rest. Obvious wave erosion of vegetated foredune was closest to inhabited structures. At 8 a.m. on a partly cloudy day with tides at about 2,8 feet, there were 2 vehicles, 3 walkers, 1 runner and 1 dog. Observations followed days of King Tides and storm surge.

On the northern part the next day at about 8 a.m. with similar environmental conditions, logs accumulated in the upper lighthouse parking lot and in the area below it for much of the half mile. Gulls flocked at the north jetty. Shell fragments, small stones and bull kelp were encountered. 2 grocery bags of litter were collected; one of them solely plastic bottles. The people count was 8, 2 vehicles, 3 dogs.

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190 LyndaC 12/26/2018

Visited the ocean December 26th, a damp, showery day with small number of visitors.   Waves strong, brisk breeze

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28 AzaleaLane 12/25/2018

Christmas Day on Mile 28.  We celebrated by  making Mimosas!  (It was also my birthday).  A bit breezy,

but sunny.  3 people looking at rocks near the jetty.  2 people walking a dog.  I found a piece of beach glass!

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28 AzaleaLane 12/23/2018

This day, December 23, was the highest tide for this month.  We also went on December 21, but the high tide was

not even close to the 23rd.  We found 4 painted rocks near Kissing Rock.  Amazing to watch how high the waves

and water came up  the shore. See photos.  The time was 11:23 am.

 

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237 Walden 12/22/2018

A pleasant day for a walk on the beach in Oregon in December.

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229 njwhite 12/22/2018

Mile # 229 consists of a rocky basalt coastline which rises approximately 50-70 feet from the ocean, making the area close to the ocean inaccessible. There is walkway in the community of Little Whale Cove that allows views of the coastline from some vantage points. The cove for which the community is named is located near the south end of the pathway. 

The north end of mile 229 is located in the South Point neighborhood, and one would need to climb out to the rocks to capture an image looking south from this northern boundary. The south end of mile #229 is located in a wildlife refuge, and one is prohibited from walking along the hills and rocks to the south end of the mile to capture images looking north  

On December 22, 2018 there is a king tide. If you are used to seeing the ocean on a daily basis as the writer, there is a noticeable change in the height of the water levels today. Many of the rocks that one would see during a normal high tide are almost or completely covered. 

There are a few pair of Oyster Catchers chattering as they fly past the rocks. The ocean has covered their usual feeding spots. There is a group of about 12 Black Turnstone birds and a few Surf Birds high up on rocks within view. They scurry behind the rocks as one walks by, but if you stand for awhile the birds will reappear. Usually the birds are out of sight, down at the base of the rocky cliffs near the ocean, but on this king tide day there are few rocks near the ocean that are available to forage for food, so the birds are looking for food on top of the rocks. Usually, the cove looks like a separate body of water but today the cove appears to have merged with the ocean and there are small waves reaching the shore of the cove, another sign of the king tides.

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186 dbpcar 12/22/2018

December 22, 2018 – 1100-1400 hours

Day was cloudy, approximately 44 degrees F, Moderate winds from the south

Started survey as the King High Tide was receding so the water level was higher (+10') than during our normal survey.

3 vehicles in parking lots

12 people walking on beach

2 children playing in the surf

2 people rock hunting

1 dog seen

3 vehicles seen in parking lots

Small plastic pellets in driftline both on the sand and in the rocks. More plastic than normal observed near the mouth of Tenmile Creek on the south side.

More driftwood on beach than normally seen

 

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340 Merce and Michael 12/22/2018 DISPATCH

King Tide Photos, December 2018

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295 martyandchuck 12/22/2018

Pleasant day at beach, comfortable winter weather, hardly any wind, with visible sand erosion, and loss of beach. King tides reaching far up beach.

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234 Oregon Beach Girl 12/21/2018

The ocean became more "foamy" as the day progressed, *see photos. And the waves were quite sneaky!  I was there from approximently 1:30-4:00 pm. Beautiful Cold, sunny winter day with very little wind! 

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339 edjoyce 12/21/2018 DISPATCH

Photos taken at King Tide Max.

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253 neskowinwatcher 12/21/2018

It was a bonus weather day at Neskowin Beach to observe the Dec 21 King Tide...... partly cloudy, calm conditions, 42 deg F.  Only two cars in the parking lot.  The tide (8.1)  was high @ 10:30a.

The walkway near the cafe was taped off with yellow caution tape.  Tide was all the way in with no access to the beach. There was tidal flow up into the creek in front of the condos but not significant.  Mostly the flow was caused by incoming wave action.  Upon closer inspection there was a low flow out of the creek toward the ocean.  We walked out on Carlton Ave and observed breakers lapping up to the riprap.  Proposal Rock was completely surrounded with water and waves.  Only 6 people were in the area, some were taking photos.  We saw one dog walker with their dog.  There was no opportunity to observe any rack lines other than what we saw up in the rocks. This was mostly kelp, wood pieces and seaweed.  There was minimal trash observed in the rack lines and in the parking lot. 

We drove north along the golf course observing flooded conditions and lots of ducks swimming around. There was an obvious rack line on the greens and fairways consisting mostly of general windblown debris.  We drove to the intersection of Breakers Blvd and Corvallis Ave,  parked and walked out to the beach. It was obvious that waves had overtopped the rocks and had washed down the sandy path but there was minimal erosion.  This overtopping probably took place during DEC 16-17 storm as the area was not wet with any recent tidal condition of the day.

Upon departure we saw a new frame house being built along Breakers Blvd.  One or two houses on the land side of Breakers Blvd had sandbags in front of the driveways.

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214 PCTronquet 12/21/2018

First day of King Tide made for limited beach walking, so only two people and three dogs.  The Snowy Plover were feeding and sitting in footprints.  They scattered when the dogs came near.  Two large flocks of Sanderling feeding and being chased by the incoming tide.

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235 KWelsh 12/21/2018

 Many masses of bull kelp washed up on the beach.

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226 gsmeyer 12/20/2018

Human activities consisted primarily of people parking at the Lookout and dashing out to quickly snap photos of the spectacular scenery.  Wildlife was notable by its absence.  And, no physical changes were observed.  Note the addition on 1/3/19 of a concern regarding litter (see page 2) for which cleanup is recommended.  A photo showing the litter and its location context has been included below.

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110 skimmer 12/19/2018

No humans or dogs were on the beach while I was there.  Only a few sanderlings and gulls -visibility was pretty limited.  Plenty of cut gorse at the base of the bluff.  Big storms of late left the beach quite clean.

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331 alkarbeck 12/19/2018

This was a very barren looking beach today what with the high winds this week and huge tides.

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309 cadonofrio 12/19/2018

Virtually no beach; rough surf; no birds.

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211 Chad101 12/18/2018

The beach has resumed its gentle slope down to ocean, so no standing water on beach.  There have been many storms in the month preceding this report, and the waves have been lapping the base of the embankment.  Sea seems to have scoured the beach to some extent, though there is still plastic debris.  relatively strong wind discouraged large number of people on beach on date I walked it.

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171 oldMGguy 12/17/2018

Cruised Heceta Beach this afternoon just before the next big wind and rain storms blow on-shore.  The entire mile is covered with smashed or sometimes fully intact Sea Nettle jellies Chrysaora fuscescens (photo).  Numerous large balls of tangled bull kelp Nereocytis luetkeana are washed up along the north half of Mile 171 (photos).  The recent high tides and big waves have flattened the summertime transverse dunes, pulling sand off the high beach and exposing long-buried driftwood logs.

  I observed a single osprey hovering, then grabbing a fish from the nearshore surf.  Aern't they supposed to be well south of here by now?  A few sanderlings were also spotted, along with the usual gaggles of the more common gull species hanging out in the flat just south of Driftwood Shore Resort.  Several used disposable syringes were mixed into the usual natural debris of the high tide line near the North Jetty.

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290 Foxglove290 12/17/2018 DISPATCH

I saw evidance that the surf overtopped the shoreline in the last 24 hours.  This is the 1st time this fall that this has happened.  See photos

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206 shelgeson 12/15/2018

* This report is from the December 21st quarter.

This is my second report for coastwatch! During this visit, I noticed that there was less human activity and dead birds/crabs on the shoreline. However there was a larger quanity of trash on coastline. I cleaned up debris. 

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199 Volunteer Coordinator 12/15/2018 DISPATCH

Olive Ridley sea turtle spotted and reported to ODFW.  Transported to OCA. 

https://aquarium.org/stranded-sea-turtle-waldport/

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218 dderickson 12/06/2018

Very few people on the beach; most of them arrived just prior to sunset (which was beautiful). The beach was clear, clean, very little wrack, and the dunes have largely flattened out. Not a scientific assessment, but it felt like a very peaceful place to be. The surf was beautiful with long, even waves breaking, and spume flying off the crests due to the east wind. There was a possible sub-adult (shorter bill) snowy egret fishing along the creek. I couldn't see its feet, nor could I get a clear shot with my phone camera, but it wasn't as large as a great egret, or as small as a cattle egret.

 

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294 Paulissen 12/06/2018

The beach had very little activity, however it is important to consider the very high tide that may explain the lack of foot traffic. We are a class that is limited to the school bell schedule, and unfortunately the class period is during the highest tides of the day. There were no major changes or unusual species noted on this particular survey.

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172 Lyndell 12/06/2018

Jelleyfish for a quarter mile.

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239 ORbeach 12/05/2018

Brilliantly clear day with very little wind.  The receding waves left a nice wide flat area of wet, fairly hard sand, making the walking a little easier than usual.  Just two individuals on the beach, hunting for agates.  Est. 70-80 harbor seals in their usual resting spot at the tip of the Salishan Spit, somewhat fewer than usual.  Near the seals was a very large great blue heron.  Picked up only one small piece of plastic on the walk.

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290 Foxglove290 12/05/2018

There has not been alot of change since my last report.   We have had only one major rain/wind event this fall. This being so, there has been very little debris deposited on the beaches.  I have taken a few photos just for comparison sake.  The steep "bluff" has been filled in with the drifting sands at the S
outhern end of my mile.

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175 Kit Kirk 12/04/2018

It was a beautiful, sunny day on a clean and quiet beach!  Perfect!

1 dead dolphin, a variety of live birds and a few people.

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274 rogans 12/03/2018

It is an unusually clear and sunny day - not a cloud in sight and no wind.

Despite the first storm of the season, not much has changed. The spit continues to erode slowly. The beach sand is also being eroded as per the winter tides. The rocks that were covered during the summer are begining to show again.

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220 Hillsideshack 12/03/2018

A surprisingly nice day on 220. Beautiful sunshine and the wind was a lot less harsh down on the beach. The cliffs continue to erode dumping sand and rocks onto the beach below. More of the man-made pipes are showing and looking like they will break off and fall onto the beach. Minimal trash compared to 2 days ago when there was an abundance of small plastic pieces. 

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287 C Nelson 12/02/2018

A quiet day on mile 287. There was a pair of bald eagles perched in the fir trees above the middle section of the mile. Sand accumulation was as high as I've seen it in the years I've been monitoring. There was remarkably little debris in evidence on the beach; just a couple fishing floats and some crab pot line with an occasional stray piece of plastic (and one leather Teva sandal). All in all, a pleasant visit to BayOcean spit, with nothing of concern to report.

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169 oceanwalker842 12/01/2018

Cool, beautiful day at the beach. A light to moderate wind coming from the north wasn't hard enough to create blowing sand even though the beach looked as though the wind had recently smoothed it. Most trash was either blown away or covered. Only the largest driftwood remained close to the shoreline.Very little sign of life except for the lone sea gull and three people walking on the trail to the beach as I was leaving. See photo.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 12/01/2018

With the better weather lots of people and dogs were on the beach. Higher winter tides are washing up to the banks and the plants that colonized the sand over the summer are being washed away. Still several feet of sand deposited on beach. Not much large debris washing in, only 3 pieces of wood and 1 rope segment. Some small plastics appearing in wrack line. 

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188 casparboy 11/29/2018

The amount of small plastic at the water line at the Cummens Creek parking lot was striking, and not evident elsewhere. The amount of sand that has been washed out since my last walk here was impressive.

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238 Cathy238 11/29/2018

Very undisturbed today. Tide had smoothed beach over, no animals, low wind, medium surf. No birds, seemed strange. 

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326 Merce and Michael 11/28/2018 DISPATCH

On Sunday, 11.25.18, a flock of around 60 Snow Buntings was found, including one very pale individual which is quite possibly a McKay's Bunting. We relocated the flock, with that bird, at around the midpoint of this mile today. The flock is very skittish, possibly as a result of being buffeted by the 55-65mph winds a few days ago.

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99 tbowspencer 11/25/2018

Mile 99 looks good after the first winter storm of the season. The sand dunes from summer winds are diminished, and the creeks are running higher. Johnson Creek is approximately 8 inchs deep near the ocean. Crooked Creek at the south end of Devil's Kitchen now has a large, calm lagoon. No serious erosion of the bluff was noted. 

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300 llucaskmehra 11/25/2018

Lovely days for November, observations over four days - many people enjoying the beach with dogs, upwards of 200 on Friday. No wildlife likely as a result of the busy tourist weekend. Sea gulls enjoying a brackish pool were the only critters. Dog fecal matter was seen left behind by owners and one owner pretended to pick it up. Trash cans were not being emptied - maybe because of the holiday. Clearly the large driftwood logs had been involved in fires but it was impossible to tell when. Very little litter and only a few areas of microplastics. High tide was up to the grass on Friday mid-day.

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193 SKMacK 11/23/2018

Cloudy day. No appreciable changes in erosion along along Yachats Ocean Road or Ocean View Drive. 

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297 NehalemBay 11/20/2018

This was a lovely day on the beach with a gentle east wind blowing, only 8 people and 4 dogs walking along, no wrack but quite a few large crab skeletons up high, a long stretch of sand to the waves, and sand built up high over the large logs back against the dunes.  There were no bird carcasses on the mile and no human disturbances.  However, large flocks of busy, squawking gulls were moving towards the south. 

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220 DKPowell 11/19/2018

Several things come to mind.

First, I attended a Lincoln County Historical Society meeting--and in the "Log Cabin" found a map of the county. I went back on November 8th to get a photo of the section just north of Yaquina Head. The section of beach just north of Yaquina Head isn't "Agate Beach" used in last year's King Tides---but, "STARFISH BEACH"! 

Second, normally I try to do the beach in mid-quarter in the morning. This time I was on east coast, so several days late, and because of tide dione in the afternoon.

 

Third, falling rock forced me again to move camera point for photographing "Keyhole" at northern base of Yaquina Head.

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333 Merce and Michael 11/19/2018

There was half a butchered elk rib cage in the parking area when we arrived which, quite oddly, was gone when we got back after the Mile. Another full butchered elk rib cage was alongside the dirt road going to the beach, & it sure smelled like more animal parts were in a different part of the woods alongside the road.

But the beach itself was calm & peaceful, with no litter or signs of human disturbance.

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213 PaulJulia 11/18/2018

A sunny day with little wind and low tide.  People were out mostly walking the beach.  Found one beached bird south of Henderson Creek.  Not much broken sheels/crab moltings/etc.  No further erosion. 

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332 Merce and Michael 11/16/2018

It's illegal for anyone to own Pacific Ocean beach in Oregon, but it sure felt like our own private beach today. Aside from 3 pickup trucks driving by we were the only people there. The fog, very weak sun, & mists combined to make the wet sand, surf, & sky all the same color at times.

We tried to walk this mile yesterday but the beach was closed due to live fire training at Camp Rilea. I poked around online & found the Camp's website:

https://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OTC/CampRilea/Pages/home.aspx

which shows live fire status toward the bottom. Though the website said yesterday & tomorrow only, the signs at the end of the road said that the beach was closed today too. It wasn't.

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331 Merce and Michael 11/15/2018 DISPATCH

Butchered elk carcass on the beach toward the northern end of the mile.

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170 oldMGguy 11/13/2018

Unusual afternoon on Heceta Beach today - dead calm winds, surf almost non-existant.  Not often you can walk this beach in mid-November without a jacklet!

A deceased yearling-sized seal has washed ashore about 1/4 mile south of the Driftwood Shores Resort.  Heavily damaged by scavengers, most of the softer head tissues are gone.  No observed tags or obvious signs of trauma.  All four fins appear intact.

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218 Peacecoaster 11/12/2018

Beautiful clear afternoon with no problems noticed.

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270 yakinsea 11/12/2018

No slides/erosion noted. Few birds though many gulls, a few cormorants, a few western and horned grebes, surf scoters, pigeon guillemots.  I saw a smattering of brown jellyfish and ochre sea stars. Lots of small mussels along the cliffs and gooseneck barnacles lining the sea cave walls.

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98 [email protected] 11/12/2018

It was a quiet sunny morning. Not much garbage to pick, mostly small plastic piece and poop bags. I was amazed how much huge kepl with rocks attached were strewn about. Many mounds of kelp.

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264 rbourke 11/11/2018

Dune fire pit much closer to beach grass that what is allowed.

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220 Hillsideshack 11/11/2018

220 continues to slide into the sea. A beautiful sunny day to walk our beach. Quite a bit of short polypropylene rope in the wrack line today along with other plastics (small) and rubber fishing lure pieces. 7 dead birds. Lots of sand to walk on. Many folks (24) out enjoying the day (seemed to be mostly from the RV park above the mid section of 220). 6 dogs - almost all on leash  :). We found 2 Big Skate egg cases.

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110 billberg 11/10/2018

Since this is my first mile report, please tell me what more I can write that will be significant. I have added photos of the sea lion and the starfish.

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296 Coopersmith 11/10/2018

A sunny weekend day at the beach, loads of people, SOLV cleanup in September, beach extremely clean.

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254 Neskowin254 11/09/2018

Nothing unusual to report.

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293 stu and barb 11/08/2018

A particularly debris clean beach...could have put all of the rope pieces, plastic bottles(2) and misc. paper and plastic stuff in a gallon freezer bag!  Too bad there weren’t more people around to enjoy it...but lots of seagulls know a good beach when they see it.  I give it a B+.  No erosion so far this fall.

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52 Laurie Prouty 11/08/2018

Beautiful Fall Day!  Ocean calm and clear. Only trash was fishing ropes buried in the sand.  

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334 Merce and Michael 11/07/2018

We found a flock of 1,150-1,300 Dunlin. Otherwise we had the mile essentially to ourselves on a great sunny afternoon.

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255 bballentine 11/07/2018

Beach is very clean, almost no signs of man-made debris. Sand slopes up to foredune making dune look lower, but no evidence of erosion of dune. Only bird life noticed was a few gulls.

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101 GarrettSEA 11/07/2018

Documented access signs to beach. 2 dead birds,  deer tracks  State park employee asked two people to get down off the rocks at Coquille point.  Noted debris on the bluff.

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238 Cathy238 11/06/2018 DISPATCH

Large dead sea lion on beach.

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200 KatAll 11/06/2018

Beach is clean and there were other people picking up small plastic. We came at high tide and the waves are nearly to the dunes south. The creek is wide and shallow. No creek definition. We attempted to walk further down, but sneakers were traveling from the south around high sand and around from the back so we turned around. We noticed the same while walking north toward the bridge on Saturday 11-3-18

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246 vleboeuf 11/04/2018

No major beach issues noted as people were primarily walking and exploring the rocky shore. However, significant erosion noted on the south side of Cascade Head bluffs. Was pleasantly surprised to see both giant and bull kelp in the close-in deep pools.

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198 bahngarten 11/04/2018

Balmy, cloudy 59" afternoon with light winds from SW.Mole crab body debris, bull kelp-1  large wrack along tide line.  Notable was 1 decomposed Cassin's auklet( ID per foot from COASST book).  Beachside campground closed for winter, but 5 people walking beach. Clean beach

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286 beverly.stein 11/04/2018

Generally the beach was clean with a lot of kelp clumps.  Very few people.

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311 Ostj 11/01/2018

The beach was quiet. A low tide showing very smooth sand. 

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259 powston1 10/30/2018

The beach was not as busy as I thought it would be on a pleasant Fall weekend--only 6 people on the beach.  But, although it was sunny just off the beach, the fog over the beach itself may have cut down on beach activity.  My biggest surprise was a noticeable buidup of sand since my last visit, which was, admittedly, several years ago.  No interesting photos to post--too foggy.2

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238 Cathy238 10/30/2018 DISPATCH

Dead seal on beach in front of/near house #271.

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188 Joel Keller 10/29/2018

Although the tide was relatively low during this excursion, the surf was rough and I was unable to walk/climb to the southern-most sections of Strawberry Hill and Neptune Beaches.  Possibly due to the previous day's storm, there was a good amount of mussel and crab shells especially on the southern end of Strawberry Hill.  These appeared to attract a greater than usual amount and variety of birds.  The harbor seals were evident both on land and, later, in the ocean.  The green crabs that were observed in abundance in July were nowhere to be seen this time and, possibly due to the higher tide, there also appeared to be fewer sea stars.  There was a greater than usual amount of beach debris (primarily wood and shells but also some plastic) again possibly due to the previous day's storm.  The few people there appeared to be sight-seeing more than tide-pooling or rock/agate-hunting.

 

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187 Baller Leigh Anne 10/28/2018

No noteable changes to the beach. 

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129 mzlizee 10/24/2018

Dead sea lion. 7' length.  See photos.

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101 beachnut 10/24/2018 DISPATCH

A much-degraded pup of a marine mammal washed up on the night high tide several yards north of the 11th St. stairs at Coquille Point. Even Jim Rice couldn't tell for sure whether it was a sea lion or a seal fromthe 2 photos sent by phone this morning about 7:45. Length about 2.5 feet. Much of the fur coat was missing. Stranding was reported by me.

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228 DWhite 10/23/2018

All human activity was at the Rocky Creek wayside, not Whale Cove. 

The most notable change was on the Whale Cove beach where a dead sea lion was seen in June (not reported then, but see picture below). There was a noticeable height gain of sand on the beach since June and it has completely covered the remains of the dead sea lion. Residents report that over a period of a couple of months birds had picked at the carcass to the extent that bones could be seen.

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215 JuliaAndLuna 10/20/2018

The beach was very clean, I only found a single old toothbrush. Weather was comfortable on the walk south, but wind picked up severely on our way back up the beach.

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236 Streets 10/19/2018

Gorgeous afternoon, bracing wind, an unobscured sun as it nears the horizon

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185 Lfleming 10/17/2018

It was a lovely day, perfect weather, and the people were only in the first sandy part except for one agate hunter.  With no winter storms yet the summer sands were still there so the walking was easy.   The beach was quite clean.   All the baby jellyfish in the  driftline was very unusual.  They were all the same size, quite fresh looking, and went the whole length of the first sandy part of the beach.  After that it gets rocky and we didn't see any.   All the rocks in the water probably keep them from coming in.

 

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208 Batthecat 10/16/2018 DISPATCH

Not much happening on this beach except human invasive use (driving on beach)

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231 RangerBoy231 10/14/2018 DISPATCH

While I was unable to complete a walk of my full mile, I did observe a variety of human and marine life activity; most notable of which was the marine life, as it consisted of the observation of approximately 3-4 gray whales feeding off of the coastline, a myriad of bird species including, but not limited to, Cormorants and Western Gulls flying or nesting along the stretch of coast, and approximately 1 harbor seal swimming into the harbor, from the bay. 

As for human activity, there were approximately 90-100 humans walking/sitting along the bayfront in order to observe the occurring whale activity. I also observed approximately 5-6 humans climbing the cliffs across from the bayfront. I did not observe any fishing activity, nor any negative human interactions with the local wildlife. 

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242 Bluewater 10/14/2018

Today was perfect beach weather. So many people were out enjoying what will be one of the last nice weekends before the rains start in. I did not notice a lot of changes in the area, except that the "D" river was very narrow (of course not a lot of snowmelt for water) and it had made a large pool at the end (instead of going straigh into the ocean.

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23 Bob Harvey 10/12/2018

People enjoying Beach, foredunes stacked with summer sand from the northwest. New signage along Highway 101 such as "no overnight parking", yellow safety location signs 183,184,185

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245 TerryH 10/10/2018 DISPATCH

Contacted LCPD regarding unattended fire at the north end of Roads End beach, just below 7659 NW Logan Rd.  I tried to smother it with sand but did not have tools.  Fire was near vegetation and the wind was feeding the flames.  Also, a sick sea lion near the water and just south of the 72nd street beach access.  Reminded people on the beach to stay way back.  Contacted Jim Rice and submitted Marine Mammal Report.

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290 Foxglove290 10/10/2018

Beautiful Indian summer day to walk my mile.  I observed 15 people along with their dogs on the beach and northe jetty. One man was surf fishing. Usually there are people fishing off the jetty but not todya due to the rate the tide was comming in(1.4' per hour) The tide was fairly high, the drift line I was looking at was a few days old.(Dried sea grass)  I was surprised to find an Ocean Sunfish washed ashore. I read about them when I got home I found that Yes their habitat does include this area of the Pacific.  Alot less human activity this time of year with western half of the Barview County Campground closed until late Spring. I  found  very little trash in comparison to my other mile walks (see photo).  The fore dunes on the souther section of my mile have vegetation returning after last winters high tides erosion.  Campers burned 98% of the driftwood that had accumulated over the winter.  

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198 bahngarten 10/07/2018

Calm, cloudy, hazy morning. 11 people, 5 dogs, running or walking on beach( one runner had a small dog in a backpack).  Driftline content- some kelp, shell pieces, and crab molt. Clean beach.  Intermittent  southbound gulls in  groups- predomintantly immatures. Beachside campground about 1/3 full.

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171 oldMGguy 10/06/2018

Beautiful fall afternoon for strolling on Heceta Beach - sunny, light breeze from the NW.  Several small flocks of sanderlings were feeding in the shallow surf, crows digging out and eating mole crabs, a large flock of brown pelicans plunge-feeding in the shallows of the "lagoon" area north of the North Siuslaw River jetty.  An equally large flock of brown pelicans were resting on the jetty rocks.  The wet sand is coated with a thick layer of that greenish-brown algae scum from the seasonal near-shore phytoplankton die-off.  Several smashed moon jellies and a gazillion marble-sized clear comb jellies were observed along the mile today.

There is a very noticable increase in the volume and height of the wet sand in the "lagoon" area on the north side of the Siuslaw River north jetty.  In addition, the surf line was much further west than usual for this level of tide (1.8').  The river navigational channel was recently dredged by the Army Corps of Engineers, so maybe the off-shore dumped sand has migrated back to the beach??

It's been unusually windy this summer.  The new foredune building about 100 yards west of the original 2000's era foredune has dramatically increased in size and height (photo).  I suspect that since the European beach grass no longer permits sand flow off the immediate beach area, that our ocean beaches will be migrating westward, backed by an increasing series of foredunes like the Clatsop Plains geology.

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120 ronnijenni22 10/06/2018

A lot of people have a good time on the beach...

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222 KathyLJ 10/06/2018 DISPATCH

Beautiful, sunny & warm day. 3 cars parked at the Wade Creek acess parking area. 9 people including 3 children and 4 dogs were walking on the beach or sitting on the rocks. No trash observed other than a plastic bottle and some marine rope which I removed. A dead sea lion was up against the cliff at the high tide line. I filed a Stranded Marine Mammal report.

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339 edjoyce 10/06/2018 DISPATCH

All was calm and relatively undisturbed.

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299 cpendergrass 10/04/2018

The summer crush of tourists has passed...only 6 strolling people and 3 dogs were noted in addition to 4 dead common murres and 1 dead cormorant. More brown macroalgae (seaweed) had washed in than has been usual in the past few months. After an unusually dry summer, the build-up of salt spray on the cliffs of Neahkahnie Mountain had turned the dark basalt to white. 

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99 tbowspencer 10/04/2018

Last mile survey before upcoming seasonal storms. The wet sand is quite cluttered with kelp piles and clusters of muscles and barnacles. There was a minimal number of shorebirds and gulls. Johnson creek and Devil's Kitchen creek were both shallow and calm. It is very much an autumn-condition beach.There is still a lot of small plastic debris on the creek banks, bluffs, and around the bluff-side rocks. I collected a large bag of it.

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262 Linda Fink 10/03/2018

The ocean continues to move inland, undercutting the bank. "Dune stabilization" efforts don't seem to be working, mostly because of natural erosion apparently. Vehicle tracks show lots of vehicles have been driving on beach in allowable areas. Sand and rocks have filled in between Cape Kiwanda and offshore rocks where there used to be ocean water. Beach pretty clean of human trash. Wrack lines with lots of purple snail shells, seaweed, crab shells. A few Heerman's Gulls with other usual gulls at water's edge. Only excitement was opening the locked door of a stranded vehicle that the people had locked themselves into by mistake, only openable from outside. They were able to stick a hand out the small opening in window to wave at me. The keys were in the outside of the door. Someone had called to get a tow truck to get them out. The vehicle had been stuck in sand at the foot of the dune for a day and a half but they had been at their campsite across the road, apparently, and came back when they remembered they might have left their keys in the door. I have no idea why they went inside with the keys still dangling from the keyhole outside.

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274 rogans 10/02/2018

It was mostly a brsik but sunny afternoon. A few people were out on the beach enjoying the last of the summer weather.

There are still some brown pelicans in the area. A couple were seen foraging just beyond the breakers.

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