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222 FlaningamM 05/30/2022

Notable highlights: relatively small landslide at the mile's middle parking lot; large piece of shipping debris; large tree debris (unusual to see large natural or unnatural debris at this mile; the usual trash (though as usual, less than seen at miles 223 and 224 to the north); a bald eagle and barn swallows!

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210 mrkopplin 05/29/2022

It was a breezy and overcast day but no rain when we were on the beach. Quite a few people were out probably due to the holiday weekend and the fact that it had stopped raining. We picked up some litter - mostly bits of fishing line and some styrofoam - but nothing remarkable. There was a flock of about 50 Whimbrels and Sanderlings that kept flying up and circling and landing to feed. The tide was high and the recent storm had scoured some sand off the beach so there were areas of small rocks that ran right down to the water; places where rock pickers like to hunt for agates and fossils.

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264 QuanB 05/27/2022

Cloudy with incoming storm clouds on the horizon. Higher number of people on the beach than usual because of the Memorial Day weekend. Some nutjob doing vehicle donuts on the sand in the prohibited vehicle area...

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324 SeagerG 05/26/2022

The main find was a dead Laysan Albatross, with ID help from CoastWatch. There were no active fires but numerous recent fire pits with burnt driftwood/logs/stumps.

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254 Neskowin254 05/25/2022

Nothing unusual to report.

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202 Jon French 05/25/2022

I walked today with my fellow CoastWatcher and Plover Patrol volunteer Nancy Thomas. A few days before, I had helped our Beach Ranger, Doug Sestrich, put up protective rope enclosures around Snowy Plover nests number 8 and 10 here  on Mile 202 in Bayshore (BASH08A and BASH10A in the reporting terminology), and I had discovered a new one-egg nest, BASH11A. Today we found that BASH08A had failed, with new sand accretion in the area and no sign of where the nest had been. As we approached the BASH10A enclosure, we saw a woman leaving from inside the ropes. Nancy tracked her down on the beach (she was collecting rocks) and politely talked to her. Despite the intrusion, a bird was on the BASH10A nest, and of course we're careful to stay at a distance and not disturb an incubating bird. BASH11A now has two eggs, with a pair of plovers in the vicinity but no bird on the nest yet, as incubation doesn't typically begin until after a full clutch of three eggs is laid. As soon as weather permits, we'll help Doug remove the failed BASH08A ropes and hopefully rope BASH11A if the nest is still active. Of eleven Snowy Plover nests this year on Mile 202, nine have failed, and two remain active.

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193 SKMacK 05/24/2022

The shoreline looked much the same. It is hard to tell from visit to visit whether there has been more erosion, although south of the river some of the trees seem to be closer to the edge of the low bluff, and in one case leaning so much as to look as if it might topple over. 

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261 beattieb 05/23/2022

Pretty quiet morning.  2 hours later there were 50 people, and 40+/- cars in the parking lot. Water erosion on top of cape evident, two large trees are all that is left of the forest. These trees are not doing well.  

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26 hobbins 05/22/2022

This was the cleanest the beach has ever been since we have walked it. 

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288 SchankK 05/21/2022

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny Saturday with a moderate north wind.  I was glad to see the stakes and signs indicating snowy plovers were nesting in the northern portion of Mile 288!  I also enjoyed watching what may have been two whimbrels on the foreshore!

On the negative side, it appeared as though someone caught their limit of cockles on the bay and crossed the spit with them before dumping them at the high tide line directly west of the trail entrance mid-mile.  And despite the significant amount of sand deposition since the winter storms, I still found several large piles of rope (too large for me to remove) and plenty of small pieces of Styrofoam, fishing debris, and of course plastic bottles (thankfully small enough quantities that I was able to carry it all out).  

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245 TerryH 05/20/2022

Clean beach except for an oil barrel and some sea lion bones.  The sea lion bones explain the presence of several vultures and an occasional eagle the past few weeks.  Contacted State Parks Ranger Ryan Parker for removal of barrel.

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337 Lisa Heigh 05/19/2022

In general a quiet day. There were small "installations" of beach found objects dispersed through the foredune generally in the erosion area.  For example an orange cross, empty bottles hanging from a stick, etc. 

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203 Nancy Thomas 05/19/2022

There was not a lot of activity on the beach.  The tides continue to flow all the way to the foredunes.  There is little to no nesting area for Snowy Plovers.  I found the discovery of tadpoles and the Aquatic Pacific Garter Snake interesting in a pool between the foredunes and the banks to the East of the foredunes. I have always heard the frogs calling at night.  This is my first discovery of the tadpoles.  Sad to say the dogs were not on leashes.  

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207 SierraCoolware 05/18/2022

Walking my mile, I noticed a tiny spotted baby seal washed up inbetween some surf tumbled sandstone. Nature has such a wonderful way of blending life with nature.  The tide had turned and high tide would probably reach the baby seal in about 2 hours. I had never seen such a tiny pup and it brought me back to my days in junior high when we were subjected to learning about the Artic baby seals and the horrible things done to them just to harvest their fur. I have to admit, I freaked out knowing this little pup may be food for vultures. Staying my distance, I was not going to leave this pup alone.  I called the national stranded marine mammal hotline and they took my information and assured me they would forward it on to the responsible stranding coordinator for my area. I then received a text from the Oregon State University Marine Mammal Institute and connected with the Stranding Coordinator. Here's what he said: "It's normal for seal pups to rest alone on shore and it's important for people to leave them alone so their mothers will continue to come ashore to nurse them. There are no rehabilitation options for seal pups in Oregon so this is the pup's best chance for survival. We ask that people please remain at least 150 feet away from them".  I'm writing this post to remind people that the pup's best chance of survival is to leave them alone no matter how hard it is to try to save them.

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339 edjoyce 05/18/2022

All looks about the same except for dunes being less steep.  We could help quantify changes in beach/dune steepness via beach profiling techniques.

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194 tietjenl 05/17/2022

This Coastwatch walk started out with a fly by of 8 brown pelicans in line just above the surface of the water! Loved it! Gorgeous, sunny morning with almost no wind. Spent some time watching two purple shore crabs apparently fighting just below the level of the water. No dead or stranded animals and minimal litter. 

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169 oceanwalker842 05/16/2022

A great day for enjoying the beach. Little or no detectable wingd, great temperature and beautiful sky. Very, very little trash just many broken clam shells as seen on the attached photo.

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203 JLcoasties 05/16/2022

Good day on the beach. We picked up two full 2.5 gallon buckets of marine debris, much of it small styrofoam. There were patches of micro plastice pieces in places on the beach. Found a 200 ft. length of 1/4 inch crab pot braided line, which took about 30 minutes to untangle and coil. We gave it to the Beach Ranger who was driving by.

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220 DKPowell 05/16/2022

A nice day to walk the beach. With few winter storms, Starfish Beach (the old name on older maps) is full of sand.

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254 heidenreichh 05/15/2022

The beach has a gentle slope upward and eastward along Mile 254. North of  the "Sisters' house" where the rip rap ends,  the bay has deepened and the dunes continue to erode as evidenced by the dead sea grass all the way to the Neskowin Crest checkpoint. The cliffs at the end of the mile show increased erosion since last month as evidenced by flat appearance of the cliff and more dead pine trees which have fallen onto the beach.

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322 BerryR 05/14/2022

There was a fair amount of trash including fishing line, rope, food trash, plastic, and empty small liquor bottles. These were located both on the rocks and the sand. There was remnants of a fire that was too close to big pieces of driftwood. There were lots of surfers and people standing around. There were a few different kinds of shorebirds including those listed in this report. Overall, there was no big concerns other than the trash. I picked up some fishing line and rope and disposed of it. 

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197 mudslide 05/13/2022

A pleasant, sunny, slightly breezy afternoon on the mile. Twenty-one people, including one small child, were out enjoying the beach, which was very clean except for a few styrofoam nurdles. Two sitters, the rest walkers. Twelve dogs, of which nine were leashed. A new chunk of bluff had come down within the first quarter-mile south of the campground.

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184 simmonsk 05/10/2022

It was a beautiful, sunny day on Ocean Beach.  There weren't many people out but those who were visiting were rockhounding, walking and soaking up the sun.  It looks like summer on Ocean Beach.  Most of the rock fields are now covered.  The waterfall and several other small streams were flowing at various points up and down the beach. I noticed lots and lots of sand shrimp.  The area around the parking lot has recently been mowed and the hedges trimmed to improve the view from all the picnic tables.  Thanks Oregon Park rangers!

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204 Jon French 05/10/2022 DISPATCH

The PacWave South wave energy project hosted a BBQ today at Driftwood Wayside for staff and neighbors to celebrate the completion of construction work here and the reopening of the Wayside later this month. Taking advantage of the sunny day, a crew also worked at striping the parking lot. The Wayside looks improved from before construction work began, with the freshly asphalted parking lot, new walkways, and an ADA accessible viewing platform that provides an expansive view of Driftwood Beach.  All of the vegetation bordering the Wayside was protected during construction, including the Kinnikinnick plant on which the endangered Seaside Hoary Elfin butterfly depends. PacWave's land-based work now shifts east of Highway 101, where an energy collection and monitoring compound will be built. Actual collection of wave-generated electricity and transmission to Central Lincoln PUD's power grid is scheduled to begin sometime next year.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 05/08/2022 DISPATCH

Discovered a dead marine mammal at the high tide line. Possibly harbor porpoise?

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264 QuanB 05/06/2022

Nice, sunny, late afternoon with few folks on the shoreline.  Beach pretty clean.  Concerned about the big hole someone dug which at night will cause a fall.

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48 JaneSkipLegacy 05/05/2022

The beach looked clean, people and dogs were well behaved. The landslide from January 2021 is stabilizing.

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317 tabeag 05/05/2022

Minimal activity because of the rain.

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225 CherieE53 05/04/2022

There were very few large birds visible in the air or on the ground/rocks. The only large animals were the Harbor Seals.

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315 tabeag 05/04/2022

Quiet day on the beach, minimal visitors.

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49 JaneSkipLegacy 05/04/2022

The beach was very clean, no real wrack line. Not the usual kelp pieces or chunks of wood. Just smooth sand and small rocks.

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214 MatthewsE 05/03/2022

My first beached bird sighting in six months, juvenile gull (Larid). 

Sand deposition is continuing its process of burying large logs and debris, since the winter storms.  Don't have to look under logs for beached animal life, because of sand filling in the crevices. Pretty clean beach, no human caused debrie in sight. Had a friend from France help me with today's observations and data crunching as I have a cast on my wrist...he did great!

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202 Jon French 05/01/2022 DISPATCH

As I entered the beach at access 67D with my fellow CoastWatcher Nancy Thomas, we saw a Bald Eagle sitting on a carcass. We approached the carcass, about 8' long, a marine mammal which we later identified as a female Steller Sea Lion. We didn't see any signs of injury, and scavengers hadn't yet been able to penetrate the carcass except for the eyes and anus. Nancy took photos and submitted them to OSU's Marine Mammal Stranding Network along with coordinates. The carcass had drawn a crowd of scavengers. We saw at least a half dozen Bald Eagles, both adult and immature, and even more Turkey Vultures and Corvids. Death for some means life for others, and there should be plenty of full stomachs in the days ahead.

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116 alaingamerica 05/01/2022

I came for the minus tide since the weather would be dry. Very light human use. Very healthy seeming population of Pisaster ochraceus, and a possibly corresponding healthy seeming population of urchins, compared to overgrowth in seasons past. Noticed a bit more kelp in wrack than usual. Spring time has arrived at the cove. I met two students from OIMB, one of which has great eyesight and spied a very small creature, possibly a nudibranch. 

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222 FlaningamM 04/30/2022

Quiet morning, due to it being so early. Most notable observation was the moderately large gathering of whimbrels, who presumably were taking an important break from the long migration in order to fuel up. They were not disturbed by any one while I was there (dogs were leashed), but I expect they will be when more people and dogs come later in the day. Ideally there would be signs at the parking and entry areas of Beverly and Moolack Beaches alerting people when migration is occurring and to be extra cautious to not disturb birds.

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203 Nancy Thomas 04/28/2022

Walked Mile 203.  Quiet morning.  Temperature was 45 degrees with minimal wind.  Did see dogs off lease that caused the gulls to be alerted and move.  Saw a couple gulls and my first Whimbrels of the 2022 Season.  One dead bird that crows were playing with.  Roy Lowe assisted in its identification as a Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel. Beach still very flat with little to no area suitable for Western Snowy Plover nesting.  Tides are reaching all the way to the foredunes. Discussed the shorebirds with a few of the people on the beach.  Knowledge of the birds nesting habits was evident. 

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203 Nancy Thomas 04/28/2022

Beautiful day to walk the beach.  Only 4 people and 3 dogs.  Found interesting Beached bird, a Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel.  Knew it was unusal due to its bill shape. Erosion continues to occur by Buckley Creek.  Low tide was 6:12 am.  Saw my first Whimbrel of the season and some Gulls and an American Crow 

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262 Linda Fink 04/27/2022 DISPATCH

Finally, the park has put up a no vehicles beyond this point sign that will last and not get buried in sand. It is at the north end of the dune.

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299 cpendergrass 04/25/2022

The weather was divine on this spring day with 60 degrees, calm winds and abundant sunshine. Only 5 dogs and 28 people noted...2 sitting and 26 walking including 1 boy walking his bike at water's edge. The dunes are beginning to soften their profiles after severe storm erosion in January left tall cliffs of sand facing the sea.   

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290 Foxglove290 04/24/2022

Noticable sluffing of shoreline 'bluff' along Camp Magurders property.  I have included photos.

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290 BerrieC 04/23/2022

Erosion has abated on Mile 290 since that which occurred during the winter.  The northern and central sections of Camp Magruder have sustained the highest loss of bluffs and trees. The southern beachfront of Magruder and the adjacent beach down to Barview Jetty do not appear to have experienced any erosion comparable to the sections to the north.

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202 Jon French 04/23/2022

There weren't many people on the beach for a Spring weekend, the day after Earth Day. A hazard warning was in effect for sneaker waves, and recent tides had run up high across the beach, but the surf was fairly calm, and no one seemed concerned. The week before, I had found this year's seventh Western Snowy Plover nest on Mile 202, the first six nests having previously failed, probably due to weather and predation. Using coordinates I had recorded the week before, I found this seventh nest, which had contained two eggs, now empty, and what looked like a crow track where the eggs had been. Despite the failed nest, it was another beautiful day on Mile 202. It's still early in the nesting season, and the birds whose nests have failed will keep trying.

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101 GarrettSEA 04/22/2022

Nothing out of the ordinary 

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339 edjoyce 04/20/2022

Beach still has a very wintery appearance with steep dunes and a relatively narrow beach.

The flock of eagles was startling - I've never seen 10-12 eagles eating together before.

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255 AngeloL 04/17/2022

Infestation of crab parts in one stretch of beach.  More than usual number of whole dead crabs most of the mile.  The amount of trash was less than minimal:  one small piece of styrofoam, one small piece of a broken bottle, one piece of what appeared to be fishing line, one piece of bottle-top plastic, and several small pieces of plastic.  I removed all of it.

I walked this beach about 10 days ago, and again at the northern-most boundary of what is known as North Neskowin, the water contained what I would call "red algae."  It was a stretch of the water about 100 yards wide and very noticeable.

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246 TerryH 04/17/2022 DISPATCH

For the past few days a very large raptor, possibly a Golden Eagle, has been cruising the northern end of Roads End beach. Today, I walked the beach hoping to spot it but only saw some turkey vultures and a sea lion carcass.  Attached photo was taken April 14th, courtesy of local photographer, Tony Valente. An impressive bird, it is larger than a Bald Eagle.  Dark brown and black.  Contacted Lincoln City chapter of the Audubon Society. 

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261 beattieb 04/17/2022

Sand movement has covered the exposed base rocks near the cape and south of the ramp.  There is a area just west of the boat ramp that is much lower showing exposed loose rocks 4-6" diameter.  Boats are launching north of this area..  north of the ramp the hillside continues to sluffing.  

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55 KFunk 04/17/2022 DISPATCH

This beautiful beach is accessed by a road in the campground in Cape Blanco State Park. There were many people collecting rocks at low tide and a few cars collecting driftwood. In general, the beach was clean of trash. The reason I am filing this Dispatch is because there are two large pieces of garbage half buried in the sand - a large propane tank and a tire.

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254 heidenreichh 04/16/2022

The dunes north of the rip rap (mid mile) to the end of the mile show slides and sloughing which, in some cases, have been exxagerated by human usage. The cliffs at the end of the mile continue to erode, killing trees and exposing grass roots. 

There were several wide -tire bike trails on the beach closer to the village of Neskowin.

Except for a ledge being built up in front of Pacific Sands and The Breakers, the beach slopes gently eastward.

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274 rogans 04/14/2022

A brisk but partly sunny afternoon. Despite the upcoming weekend, there were not many people around. Patches of the surf are still full of seaweed, but less so than a week ago.

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194 tietjenl 04/13/2022

A welcome calm, partly sunny hour on Mile 194 amid what has been several days of hail, high winds and rain. Observed a group of 5 black oystercatchers and 2 additional single ones; a small feeding flock of surfscoters, one sea lion rolling around in the waves approximately 50yards out in front of Smelt Sands, 2 single killdeer about 0.5miles apart, plenty of gulls, and 2 cormorants. See photos below for the status of the rock wall border at Smelt Sands. Only a small bag of litter collected including more styrofoam, a length of marine rope/line, cardboard beer packaging, one hard plastic piece of debris about 6" long, but no plastic water bottles! Yay!

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207 SierraCoolware 04/12/2022

I have never seen a tiny octopus in the wild. As I was walking my mile and looking in the tidepools, something caught my eye. I thought maybe it was a tiny squid swimming in the tidepool, but it was a tiny octopus between 2-3 inches long with the most beautiful big black eyes. As I put my finger in the water to point out the octopus on my video and hoping it would latch on to me like in the enourmously popular Netflix feature, My Octopus Teacher, it changed colors to a darker maroon and shrunk up in size. I could sense it was scared. I pulled my finger back, a little disappointed it didn't latch on to form a bond with me. I observed it swim away at a rather relaxed pace to hide among the maroon colored kelp in the tide pool. It was amazing to see. I guess I was in the right place at the right time.

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264 QuanB 04/11/2022

Lots of broken seashells all along the shoreline...have never seen that before.  Picked up various plastic debris.  It hailed this morning and rained most of the day, but the clouds cleared for about an hour late afternoon.

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203 Nancy Thomas 04/09/2022 DISPATCH

Jesse Jones our contact and coordinator for Coast Watch, Jon French, Dawn Pavitt-Ryan and myself met at the Sandpiper Shores Entrance and walked to Buckley Creek to train for a new NOAA Marine Debris Program. We learned how to set up our selected 100 meter survey area near the Buckley Creek outlet to the Pacific Ocean. We learned how to measure our survey area and collect the marine debris per the procedures required by the NOAA MDMAP.  This area is considered Mile 203 on the Oregon Coast.  I monitor this mile as my Coast Watch Mile.  Jesse felt that the site that we chose was a good site for the NOAA project.  Most of the debris seems to come from the fishing boats.  There is a lot of fishing in this area of the ocean for Dungeonous Crab and shrimp. It will be interesting to see what is collected over time.  The survey will be done monthly and as close as possible to the same date each month. 

The Marine Debris Monitoring and Assessment Project, or MDMAP, engages NOAA partners and volunteers around the world to survey and record the amount and types of marine debris on shorelines.  How big is the marine debris problem, and how is it changing over time? What types of debris are most common in your region? MDMAP survey data can help to answer these questions and can be used to guide marine debris policy development, provide education and outreach, and address important research questions.

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59 jessejones 04/08/2022

Today included a group of 28 Coos and Curry residents, joining an ecological interpretive walk led by Dr Larry Basch. Blacklock Point is proposed as a Marine Conservation Area by the public, to be included in the updated Rocky Habitat Management Plan for the Oregon coast. Dozens of healthy sea stars were spotted in the intertidal, as well as kelps. The trail is well-trod and a somewhat large parking area across from the airport buildings and near the trail head isn't marked and is not obvious. 

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180 lectricriderone 04/07/2022 DISPATCH

I noticed the usual natural increase in sand on the beach starting to cover rocks that are completely covered up in the summer.  In addition, there are fewer pebbles showing as the sand covers them.  A lack of litter shows people are being careful with packing up their trash.  Several fresh water seeps are visible as you walk toward the headland.  

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181 lectricriderone 04/07/2022

Mile 181 is evolving on a natural path with very little human caused changes.  I walked right past the stairs to the day use parking area because it's camouflaged well.  Logs, driftwood, and clean sand are common.  The fluorescent painted signs that mark the miles are the only clue that there's a trail to the car.  I found that people keep the beach clean and today was no exception.  

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154 Eugene Hikers 04/07/2022

Six Eugene Hikers parked at Tahkenitch Campground parking lot, hiked Dunes Trail, and entered beach at Emergency Sign #115. Four cars were observed in parking lot. It was a beautiful, calm, sunny day (69 degree temp). There were 3 other people observed walking on beach, and one of them was a Bandon resident also collecting debris/litter as part of a practice. No dogs. A few live birds were observed including a bald eagle, 2 snowy plovers standing near the water and a couple of gulls. There was a snowy plover protective area roped off for the first quarter of the mile; however, one section of rope was down and needs to be replaced/repaired. The group observed one set of deer tracks and one set of car tracks (within permitted vehicle use area). No marine life observed except one whole crab, and some shells. Most of the debris collected by the Eugene Hikers was ocean-based and included plastic (including bottle with Japanese writing) and styrofoam (which had blown up to sand bank and into foredune area). Eugene Hikers left bag(s) of debris at base of Emergency Sign #115A for State Parks pick up.  

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26 hobbins 04/07/2022

A beautiful day with clear skies and beautiful surf. The beach looked good except for the plastic debris.

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99 tbowspencer 04/07/2022

Mile 99 is now mostly flat, without the sand dunes seen on the last survey. Johnson Creek on the north end and Crooked Creek on the south end are both running at only ankle height max depth. A few of the oceanfront homes have cleared the gorse from the bluffs in front of them with no replacement planted as yet. 

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287 C Nelson 04/06/2022

A pleasant, partly cloudy spring day. Despite the lovely weather, not many folks out. Not much wildlife activity noted either; few seabirds and gulls present, resident eagles did not make an appearance. Most notable observation was presence of seveal patches of brown algae which turned the surf and sea foam in those areas a dirty, muddy-looking brown color. Attached photos taken on the Bay Ocean spit illustrate the phenomenon but were not taken on mile 287. 

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262 Linda Fink 04/06/2022

lovely day with people enjoying the sunshine, no problems to report

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214 MatthewsE 04/03/2022

 

For a day that was supposed to have 1.5 inches of rain (it didn't happen) it was really nice. Winds about 15 mph...but seemed warm (51 degrees). No beached birds or animals found.

Sand deposit seems to be increasing on the beach with the major wood and debris getting more progressivily buried since the last two observations in Feburary and March.  A lot of natural caused trenches near the large debri that stored water and look slike new grass is growing on the beach, near the large wood debris. 

Not a lot of human caused debris other than one tennis shoe and plastic bag.

A flock of about 60 gulls in the water line, north end of the mile.

 

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219 YHONA 04/01/2022

No significant changes were observed to the location surveyed. Human use and visitation was low depsite favorable weather conditions. Additionally, the beach was relatively clean with few traces of litter or trash. Microplastics, if present, were not detectable.

Local wildlife appeared relaxed and unaffected by human presence. It is evident that the location continues to be a favorite haul-out location for the resident harbor seal colony, and several species of birds are also utilizing the quarry for habitat. 

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202 Jon French 04/01/2022

I walked Mile 202 today with fellow CoastWatcher and U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Plover Patrol volunteer Nancy Thomas.  We spent the afternoon zig zagging up and down the beach for about four miles, looking for Western Snowy Plovers and their nests.  We saw about twenty plovers and discovered three new nests: two with 1 egg and one with the full clutch size of 3 eggs, and we revisited a previously discovered 2 egg nest that now contains 3 eggs. These are the earliest Snowy Plover nests known in Lincoln County in recent times.  After the third egg is laid, the adults begin incubating, with chicks hatching in approximately 28 days if the nest survives. A storm is expected Sunday night, and any decision about encircling these nests with protective rope buffers will wait until the status of the nests is evaluated after the storm. We saw few beachgoers until we returned to our point of access, where we encountered a group of people with their dogs. Nancy approached them, gave them a plover information/etiquette card, and talked with them in a friendly manner about how they could help Snowy Plovers by maintaining control of their dogs. It was a good day on the beach.

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52 [email protected] 04/01/2022

Breezy day with 5 people and 1 dog on beach. Vehicle tracks cover beach area. Several marine floats bob in surf zone. Pair of western snowy plovers (1 male, 1 female) rest together on upper beach.

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264 QuanB 03/31/2022

Wonderful, beach was clean, and hardly any people.  Just a flock of Jonathan Livingston Seagulls. Tangy, salt scent in air and nice cloud formations with sun going down.

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255 bballentine 03/31/2022

Beach is much narrower than in most recent visits. Could not walk far on beach because waves were reaching up to the rip rap in front of a group of houses at South end of mile. Portion we were able to walk on was clean, no man made debris. 

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326 sultanym 03/31/2022

On a sunny, afternoon walk at Gearhart Ocean Beach, I observed 8 dogs and 7 humans, walking and sitting on the beach, enjoying the mild weather. The tide was fairly high at 5ft with little exposed beach. Notable wildlife sightings included 6 Bald Eagles and 4 Common Ravens scavenging on a pinniped carcass. The Bald Eagles included individuals in various stages of development, identifiable by distinct plumage characteristics. At one point, 5 Bald Eagles were perched in proximity to each other on a log above the high tide line. A large group of approximately 300 Sanderlings were foraging in the surf, associating with 2 Dunlin. In addition, along the high tide wrack line, I observed a dead albatross. 

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59 alaingamerica 03/30/2022 DISPATCH

On an interpretive hike led by Jesse Jones, of CoastWatch and Dr Larry Basch of Charleston, Oregon, I observed a pisater ochraceus with what looked to be severe SSWS. I submitted a report to MARINe. Happily, I also saw nearly 100 healthy ochre stars. Larry estimated their ages to be between 2-4 years old. We only covered a small portion of the south part of the point.

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48 jessejones 03/29/2022

A group of nine people today were part of a training for a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) marine debris survey training. CoastWatch coordinated and led the training, which was hosted by Redfish Rocks Community Team. This beach is a drive on beach, though no vehicles were on the beach while the training happened. 

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239 mlbutowitsch 03/28/2022

Lots of gulls and several seals playing in the surf.

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311 sultanym 03/28/2022 DISPATCH

 

At 9:16am, on 3/28/2022, I was birdwatching at Silver Point, Clatsop County when I was excited to observe a light-colored, white faced, large bodied sea otter swimming north around the left most sea stack. It was smaller than a seal or sea lion, and had brown fur that looked shaggier than that of a pinniped. I got good looks through the spotting scope, and here are some photographs below that I took with my Canon SX-60 (not digiscoped). The sea otter was repeatedly swimming on its back with its front paws held close to its head, and then it would disappear underwater, diving down, and moving rapidly. I noticed it was a fast swimmer, and spending significant time on its back. The photograph with the red marks shows the path the otter took, swimming towards the north out in the open ocean. 

According to Mr. Jim Rice, Stranding Program Manager of the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network, this sea otter sighting was the second sighting in 2022, and the 52nd sighting/stranding of a sea otter along the Oregon Coast since 2007. I shared this sighting with iNaturalist, Elakha Alliance, Mr. Jim Rice, and Mr. Roy Lowe. 

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188 GasiorowskiM 03/27/2022

It was a beautiful day.  Many people were at Mile 188 enjoying the spring weather, leaving the Strawberry Hill parking lot way over-crowded.  A wedding was held on the bluff below the parking lot!  Erosion of the bluffs overlooking the north and south beaches continues.  A large group of harbor seals were lounging on the rocky islands just offshore.  At least two colonies of sea stars were visible in the tidepools right at low tide, looking very healthy and varying considerably in size.  

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167 GasiorowskiM 03/27/2022

This is a beautiful, little-visited stretch of beach.  ATVs can be heard from the adjoining recreational area, and two seem to have encroached into the prohibited area at the south end of Mile 167.

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315 tabeag 03/26/2022 DISPATCH

A resident was walking from Chapman Point toward the river when two dogs, a husky and a black lab, ran up to her, barking and chasing her.  The dogs had leashes trailing on the ground, but no owner attached to them.  The black lab jumped on her, nipping at her and biting at her clothes.  She was afraid, and wasn’t able to deter the dog’s aggression.  She started screaming and crying, trying to get away from the dog.  The dog’s owner finally walked over to the beach walker to get her dog, saying the dog was abused, and that the local resident had invited this attack by screaming and trying to get away from the aggressive dog.  The local told the dog owner that as a Nurse Practitioner she had treated a number of children attacked by dogs. 

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186 dbpcar 03/26/2022

The day started out with high clouds blocking the sun to partly cloudy.

Temp was 62 degrees F and a 2mph wind from the west.

Observed 68 people on the beach along with 14 dogs and 1 house cat.

Observed 16 cars parked. Car count is low due to the number of people that access the beach while staying at the Sea Perch RV Resort along with nearby residents.

Found one crab on its back just above the surf line which we turned over so it could live. Also found one star fish above surf line which we placed into a pool of water along some rocks.  Saw several star fish attached to rocks by Bray point. This is the first time that I have noticed star fish along this mile.

A large number of pellets observed on the northern half of the beach.

Found one tire buried in the sand in the surf line.  (See pic 012)

Looks like a new set of steps were installed coming down the bluff from what appears to be 95500 Hwy 101 S. (See pic 028)

A lot of rocks exposed from sand removal by waves on the beach in front of 95480 south to 95416 Hwy 101 S. made walking extremely difficult. (See pic 007)

Tenmile Creek outflow to the ocean has straightened and removed a large pile of rocks that had backed up water into the creek in the last two months and diverted the outflow farther south than normal. (See pic 044)

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184 simmonsk 03/25/2022

It was a warm day with a low tide during Spring break on Ocean Beach. Lots of people enjoying many different activities. This was the first time I got to observe tidepools this year. I saw sea stars, anenomes and lots of little crabs.  I also saw lots of sand shrimp. I observed a dead sea lion toward the north end of the beach. He/she appeared to be recently deceased. I noted no signs of entanglement or predation. I have notified the NFS park ranger. It's my understanding they are typically not removed unless entangled.  A great day.   

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307 Bald Eagle 03/25/2022

Eleven people were walking on the beach. There was one seastar on a large rock south of Arch Cape. There were a few sand dollars and crab casings and the beach was very clean. Everything looked normal.

 

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262 Linda Fink 03/24/2022

A beautiful day during spring break week brought many families to this beach with no crowding because of the very wide beach at a minus tide

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220 Hillsideshack 03/24/2022

A nice Spring day on 220. Lots of timy stryofoam bits in the wrackline. The bluff is still falling down with the black drainage pipes showing themselves more every month. 2 Turkey Vultures overhead. Quick nurdle hunt performed.

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202 Jon French 03/23/2022 DISPATCH

This is commercial season for what they call Market Squid, small squid that only live a year or so. Last night at dusk, the ocean off Mile 202/203 lit up with squid boat lights. The lights attract the squid, then the boats deploy their nets around the squid. Just a half hour after I took the attached photo, all of the boat lights had been extinguished, probably because the boats had all deployed their nets. Six years ago, there was zero harvest of squid in Oregon. Now the commercial catch brings in millions of pounds a year, with the ocean offshore from Waldport being a hot spot of activity on the central coast. The warming ocean is good for calamari lovers, but unfortunately not so good for salmon.

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331 alkarbeck 03/22/2022

For the beginning of Spring Break there were very few people there. The beach is quite clean with only gulls and crows in the area.

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204 Jon French 03/22/2022

The year's first beach walk in shirt sleeves, a balmy 60 degrees!  With the tide a low 0.5,'  the almost flat Driftwood Beach stretched far to the west.  I walked my Mile 204 and continued up north on Mile 205, across Fox Creek and Collins Creek to Squaw Creek, looking for potential Western Snowy Plover habitat for this year's Plover Patrol nesting survey. Until north of Collins Creek, recent high tides had crossed the entire beach, so there is very little soft dry sand suitable now for nesting, and no plovers, tracks, or nest scrapes were seen. It's still a little early.

At Driftwood Beach Wayside parking area, the PacWave wave energy project is constructing an enormous underground vault for connecting the project's marine electrical conduits/cables to terrestrial cables which will transmit the wave-generated electricity to PacWave's facility east of Highway 101.

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226 gsmeyer 03/21/2022

Human activities were essentially confined to those stopping their vehicles on Otter Crest Loop or at the Lookout to observe the views.  Shoreline wildlife was essentially confined to cormorants roosting on a large offshore rock.  No man-made or natural physical changes were observed.

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203 Nancy Thomas 03/21/2022

It was a cloudy, drizzly, overcast day with a very strong South Wind that was blowing the sand. Humans had erected numerous wood poles in beach by foredunes by Sandpiper Village.  These should be removed.  They provide perches for birds of prey and Ravens and Crows to feed on shorebirds.  Wrack consisted mostly of small vegetation and small stones.  A very large piece of driftwood had washed in with an enormous piece of rope from a ship. The beach was mostly flat and would provide little plover nesting habitat, if any.  The foredunes were riddled with dog and human tracks and activity for the whole mile.  Several small streams were makiing their way to the ocean.  The tides had come all the way to the foredunes for most of the way.  Dogs were not leashed, but stayed with the owners. Picked up one bag of trash.  Mostly small items. 

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330 LEWI 03/21/2022

Today was a publicized event for a beach cleanup, and we picked up 4 bags of trash and a tire along mile. Parking lot area and just beyond dunes from parking area were notated as having lots trash and debris. Very rainy and very windy.

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222 FlaningamM 03/20/2022

The usual amount of man-made debris/litter, though it was unsettling to see the hooks and needle. There were 3 water bottle/bottle caps that originated from Asia (including one from a Indian company, which I haven't seen previously); I used to think it was unusual to observe debris from so far away, but I now am more surprised when I don't see this. 

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254 heidenreichh 03/19/2022

Evidence of much rounded erosion in fore dunes from "Sisters" checkpoint to Neskowin Crest

Cliffs at end of the mile are collapsing as evidenced by dead and fallen shrubs

Oddly I saw no birds or marine life today

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338 Randy and Beth 03/19/2022

Notably, very few birds. Only a few seen flying overhead, but none on beach. Small pebbles strewn on beach. Steep erosion of foredune as we approached parking lot B access to the beach. 

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102 beachnut 03/19/2022

A chilly NW wind didn't deter 9 folks -- 5 rock hunting, the others walking -- from hitting the South Jetty beach on an overcast morning with a low tide of 0.7 feet. Oddly, no gulls or crows were present as usual. Also missing were dead creatures and litter. Drift line contents consisted of small rocks, wood splinters and shell fragments. Storm and King Tides have left their mark in heavy erosion of vegetative foredunes; driftwood logs were tossed into the beach grasses. The northern half of this mile was essentially the same, except for the absence of people.

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103 beachnut 03/18/2022

Two rock hunters, no wildlife, no litter were on this beach north of the Coquille River Lighthouse on an overcast chilly morning. Shell fragments, wood pieces, small rocks and kelp marked the high-tide line. Heavy wave erosion of vegetated foredune and logs up in the beach grasses were noticeable from the winter storms and King Tides. The usual rock beds were missing but probably will appear at some point.

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110 skimmer 03/17/2022

It appears the sand used to cover the sandbags is washing away.  Our local pair of bald eagles put on a great show.

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275 allison 03/11/2022

One small State Park vehicle traveling north on the beach .Picked up styrofoam and several light blue plastic bags. Lots of dune erosion falling and sliding off of the crest of the dune. 

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183 Sandy Watch 03/11/2022

25 people, the most I've seen on the beaches yet. Beautiful sunny day. In December 2021, I reported landslides and erosion. Today they look stable, no new movement noticed. Fascinating funnel shaped root on ocean picnic beach, photograph to follow. Big Creek and Rocky Creek both had a good amount of water flowing. Nancy Creek waterfall also had a nice stream of water. Noticed a type of limpet I am not familiar with. Average size limpet with unfamiliar markings. Tried running photograph of limpets through iNaturalist, but unsuccessful (haven't heard back about an ID).I also saw large thatched acorn barnacles that I have not seen before due to the tide level. More gravel and rock is appearing on the beach at Rock Creek. Overall a beautiful quiet day with many people enjoying these two beaches.

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292 highamm 03/11/2022 DISPATCH

Noticed what seem to be an elk carcass but mostly just the hide or pelt maybe some bones mid size.

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26 hobbins 03/11/2022

Mile 26 was the cleanest it has ever been. Four people were walking the whole beach of 3 miles long with small back packs . Two of them walk it with their dog and hike the far end up and out to Hwy 101. Dogs were on leash.

Lots of interesting drift wood. 

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239 ORbeach 03/10/2022

A calm, cool day with just a few high clouds.  The harbor seal population was back in its usual place at the tip of the Salishan Spit.  Very little trash - I picked up 4 small pieces.  The access at emergency access #50 has been made more difficult by winter erosion of the sandy bank.

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243 garretta 03/09/2022

Partly cloudy with a couple of rain squals, sun, and then more clouds, more sun, med wind, wonderful day, low tide and clean beach. At NW 15th St Auto access, Lincoln City, there is sandbag reinforcement of bank. 

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295 nedonnaman 03/09/2022

North half of mile has more driftwood than usual; south half has significant erosion of foredune.

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