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239 mlbutowitsch 03/21/2020

Very nice day.  Most of people noted were on the Mo's side.  On the Spit itself, only 5 people were seen.  More people coming to the beach area as we were leaving.  Little owl was sitting on log, believed to be nesting.  

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337 Lisa Heigh 03/21/2020

Primary difference from last visit: because of winter high tides and storm surge there was considerable over topping of the dunes and lots of wood on the beach , much of it with a diameter over 14".  

 

This week was the beginning of the Covid -19 social distancing response. The beach parking lot was still open but soon to be closed in a couple/few days.  

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188 Bill Watson 03/21/2020

This mile of Coast was very busy at the access points on what was to be the first weekend of Spring Break. The hard to get to stretches remained quiet and magnificent, as always. People were for the most part respectful of each other and the setting. I was surprised at how little plastic, styrofoam, and other evidence of human produced litter was evident on this visit. 

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331 alkarbeck 03/21/2020

My husband and I were shocked seeing so many people what with the fear of spreading the virus. There was even a wedding group or a memorial group totally ignoring social distancing. There were more people on our mile than on the 4th of July. This was very disturbing seeing people ignoring requests to STAY HOME. I gave up counting the number of vehicles and people and simply estimated the number on our mile. It was like this all along the beach.

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289 ollikainen 03/20/2020

Mile 289 is again restricted due to bird nesting.  The family dog by definition is part of the family.  We will not walk the entire length of the spit leaving part of the family at home.  We stopped at the sign and tape that marks the start of the restriction.  The bird area must be a kilometer in length since about a 1/3 of mile 289 is still open to dogs.  High human usage was the story on this survey.  We have seldom seen campers at the far end of the spit but did today.   All along the spit from Cape Meares north,  humans and dogs were out enjoying the sun and getting away from Corona Virus isolation.  I cannot blame them.  But the crush of visitors is causing dismay among local leaders and residents.  Dogs may not be the only ones kept away.

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162 mbbsmile 03/20/2020

My first time on this mile. The beach time I spent was at low tide and the beach area was very deep. No log on the beach but old looking driftwood and gnarly stump up near the dunes. In the middle of the my mile was this large long section of 1/2 to 1 inch shells about an inch thick. It was like a loose but thick mosaic of shells. Wished I'd had my camera. It was unusual. Like what you might see on a beach in the tropics.

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226 gsmeyer 03/19/2020

There were no people observed near or at the shoreline on mile 226. Several vehicles were parked just north of mile 226 on Otter Crest Loop Road and occupants were likely accessing a fishing location near the south end of mile 227.  One couple was walking the road with two dogs.  Wildlife was quite typical, with a few gulls and cormorants observed on near offshore rocks, particularly the pyramidal rock at about the midpoint of the mile.  No physical changes were observed since the last observation. 

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262 Linda Fink 03/18/2020

beautiful day with people keeping the prescribed distance apart on this Covid-19 sequester day. The vegetated cliff is now a sheer cut off with many small streams running out onto the beach. Two Black Oystercatchers were foraging on a shellfish covered rock offshore that was uncovered at this low tide.

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309 cadonofrio 03/18/2020

More people than we expected to see in these days of social distancing; nice to see families sharing the time with their children.  Large amount of small rocks in the drift line at the south end of our mile.  (Apologies for no photo of the drift line - camera needed charging.)

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14 artist 03/17/2020 DISPATCH

The amount of trash and it's location on a steep slope make it difficult to retrieve. And a pickup truck is probably necessary to haul it away. Suggestion: To prevent future problems like this, some type of barrier should be installed to prevent vehicle access to this area.

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183 Sandy Watch 03/16/2020

Agate hunting seems to be the new pastime in this area. Ocean Beach Picnic was without gravel or rock, south of the Rocky Knoll on Rock Creek there was gravel and rock on beach. Driftline was clear of all debris.

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110 skimmer 03/16/2020

Nothing unusual to report, not even much garbage to pick up.

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109 ksvineyard2012 03/16/2020

Very clean beach. Counted six dead seaguls. There may have been more. Fewer birds than in previous visits. No dead birds found on previous visits. Low tide. 

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189 gailrobbw 03/16/2020

Someone/organization has painted over the grafitti that had been sprayed all over the retaining wall under the freeway at the Gwynn Creek culvert (just north of the north Neptune Beach parking lot).  The grafitti is still visible inside the culvert, and a couple of the spray painted smile faces that someone sprayed on rocks and large logs are still there, but less are showing than last fall.

There is more grafitti added to the base of the Cummins Creek Bridge.

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246 TerryH 03/15/2020 DISPATCH

Dead sea lion, no head, located on north Roads End beach where the exposed cliffs begin.  Recent tire tracks indicate the Park Ranger may already be aware.  Submittted Marine Mammal report for Mr. Rice.

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239 ORbeach 03/15/2020

Very bright pretty day.  Only a few beach-walkers.  Small amount of trash collected - mostly styrofoam pieces.  Ranger Doug had already picked up two crab pots, one a commercial one with a tag which will be returned to its owner.  The colony of harbor seals had moved to a sand bar on the east side of Siletz Bay - too far away to estimate numbers but it looked like the normal size.

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220 Hillsideshack 03/15/2020

A beautiful day to have to practice social distancing at the beach! Tons of small plastics in the north half of 220, very little to none in the south 1/2. 4 beached birds, 3 NOFU's and 1 cormorant. Way too many plastic and cement pipes coming out of the bluff as the cliffs fall and expose them. The Substation work continues on Schooner Creek, very sad that the road is now twice as wide as it was but hopefully there will be no raw sewage flowing intot the ocean once the project is complete. 

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307 Bald Eagle 03/15/2020

Ten people and one dog were walking on the beach.   The beach was very clean.  There were five land slides on mile 306.  See photo.

 

 

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198 bahngarten 03/14/2020

Hazy 37'  morning with light N breeze.  2 people, 2 dogs walking beach. Beachside campground closed. 1 turkey vulture perched in tree near beach.  About 20 western and 1 ring-billed gull flying along beach.  Broken razor clam shells, mole crab parts, and pebbles on generally clean beach.  Notable was 1 2'X2' block of styrofoam on beach, removed. 

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264 rbourke 03/13/2020 DISPATCH

Heavy equipment in place, noise curtains installed and removal of all vegitation on the lot, save for a few feet between shoreline and chain link fencing.

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210 mrkopplin 03/12/2020

A quiet day on the beach. Beautiful weather (where is everyone?!) Over the last few weeks sand has moved back onto the beach, covering rocks exposed during storms in January.

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184 simmonsk 03/12/2020

It was a warm day at Ocean Beach.  The rock fields typically noted at the north end of the beach are mostly covered.  There is a large rock field mid beach now.  The large rocks on the beach were completely visible in the low tide.  I noted one sea star but it was in the water possibly moving locations.  This was one of my first times observing on this beach when I didn't see many plastics in the debris line.  There are two large driftwood structures on the beach, one at the north end, one at the south.  Lots of driftwood in both of those areas.  Waterfalls at mid beach and north end are still running.  Many of the giant logs I noted on the beach in January have moved back out into the ocean.  I didn't note any sea bird activity.  

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203 JLcoasties 03/11/2020

Human Activity - 10 people and 1 dog

Shore Wildlife - Possible 2 Plovers (photo attached), 7 dead birds, Quanities of plastic and wood chips.

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339 edjoyce 03/11/2020 DISPATCH

Everything looked very similar to the last survey.

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100 Cynthia and Kevin 03/10/2020

Usual amount of debris with the exception of a 4 foot plank with nails sticking out of it. Disgarded at home. No people or dogs on the beach today. Quite windy and chilly.

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102 beachnut 03/09/2020

Both segments of this mile have significant erosion of vegetated foredunes. The northern part shows little impact on Bullard's State Park, apart from logs pushed from the beach onto the parking lot (unlike last year, when the logs jammed the beach). For the southern part, however, tides are moving closer to beachfront properties as well as threatening the jetty parking lot. Despite temps in the mid-30s, 6 people and 4 dogs were out at 7 a.m. near low tide at full moon. Shells, splintered wood pieces and rocks comprised the tide line. The only wildlife was a scattering of gulls. What litter I could find included styrofoam bits, plastic pieces and water bottles.

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242 Bluewater 03/08/2020

Was a sunny day at the beach today. Lots of people hanging out and lots of litter to be picked up. Lots of dog poop filled bags being left behind as well.

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324 angela whitlock 03/04/2020

It was a beautiful mild day, there were a small handful of people out enjoing the day. The tide was very low, there were some people fishing in the surf, many people playing with their dogs, one person riding a dirt bike, a family flying a kite. The channel in the estuary had changed dramatically since the last time I visited this part of the beach. It was a couple hundred yards further North, and had changed shape further back in the estuary. Lots of cut lumber littered the area where the Necanicum feeds into the ocean. I found one black garbage bag full of marine debris, it looked like mostly plastic peices. It had been sitting long enough that seagulls had been picking at it trying to get to the contents. I'm not sure if it had fallen off of a ship, or if someone had been collecting garbage on the beach and never made it to the garbage can. There was also some sort of contraption made of a large bamboo pole bound on both ends with black elctrical tape, and tied to it with a piece of rope was a plastic bottle of toilet bowl cleaner, possibly from Japan?

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247 jayenhollytag 03/04/2020

Another calm day on a beautiful beach.  Aside from pieces of plastic, an ever present problem on many Oregon beaches, no reason to be concerned about the beach at Mile 247.

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202 Jon French 03/04/2020

The 12-14 Plovers were seen in approximate area as on my 2-14-2020 walk, in the dry sand south of 67D beach entrance and landmark driftwood, located now precisely with Polaris navigation app and Bing map.  Plovers are standing, appearing to be pairing up.

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34 tayloreandc 03/04/2020

Was too rocky for me to walk very far south starting at roughly the halfway point, sand moves out in October and November. Walked north to promontory where sand build up was evident. Most debris, plastic and rubber strips, was near the northern promontory.  Only saw oyster catchers and seagulls.

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314 FOHRAP1 03/04/2020

I began at the far north (Chapman Beach).  Almost entirely deserted (photo attached).  Like a sand-packed moonscape.  Understandable why some people like to come here to get away from it all, at least for an hour or two.  Going south, Ecola creek was unpassable due to heavy runoff, so it was necessary to go the long way around (sigh).  Light activity near 2nd Street, though later in the season this will clearly be a major chokepoint for human traffic, based on my past few year's experience.  Further south to Gower, little to no sign of disturbance, light traffic. A pleasant, if chilly, walk. 

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184 bluemoonjoanie 03/02/2020

This later winter day, we observed changes in the bluffs, with new rock slides. Some of the large bolders looked like mussels were removed in small patches.  No sea stars were observed this time.  Large flocks of black sea birds off shore fishing...not able to ID. Micro plastics in the upper shore line. Picked up small pieces of old rope and old plastic bottle. 

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325 dicknfamily 03/02/2020

Windy, rainy day in Gearhart. Spotted three bald eagles sitting together on the beach, an adult and two juveniles.  See photos.

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245 lvoelker 03/01/2020

Beautiful day, every parking spot taken. Very few shorebirds. The end of the beach, near the basalt outcropping, continues to erode.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 03/01/2020

No significant changes to beach despite winter tides. Lots of small and medium plastic debris in wrack line. 

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182 mj6dolphin 02/27/2020

More micro plastics in the wrack line, continued erosion of dune bluffs on Roosevelt beach exposing large boulders that could fall.

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313 FOHRAP1 02/27/2020

Concerned about bluff erosion.  Recent King Tides seem to have chipped away at the bluffline and i dont know why anyone would buy a home that close anymore.

Our first entry so will try to expand notes as we go along

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101 GarrettSEA 02/26/2020

Nothing of note.

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222 222Tender 02/25/2020 DISPATCH

New cliff erosion, fallen trees/bushes on beach.  Large Velella Velella wash-up.  Sea Foam.  Micro Plastic.  12-14 plastic bottles

Tide still too high to walk entire mile.  

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196 Pardiatthebeach 02/25/2020 DISPATCH

Dead bird we found on a walk was a Nazca Booby whose range is near the Galapagos Islands.

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217 digincommunity 02/20/2020

This is our first winter in Newport. Our Mile 217 is a dynamic area constantly changing due to King Tides, Winter Storm and heavy rainfall.

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310 Jesse Narens 02/18/2020 DISPATCH

Observed at least 12 fulmar, 1 horned puffin, 1 rhinoceros auklet, 1 cassins auklet and 1 seal. all dead.

The mile north of 310 is not part of our Coastwatch mile, but we observe it for Coasst, and discovered 3 more fulmar and 1 seal. also all dead.

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237 bksouthwick1 02/18/2020

Pleasant day, moderate number of people. Small/moderate amount of trash predominantly of plastics, especially bottles, also numerous small chunks of styro foam.

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287 C Nelson 02/17/2020

A quiet afternoon on mile 287; only a few folks out enjoying walks on the sand. The resident pair of bald eagles were at play, soaring above the shoreline with an additional juvenile bald eagle; the resident herd of elk were grazing peacefully behind the foredune. The only unusual sighting was the substantial number of velella velella stranded in the driftline. Otherwise all was well on a lovely day.

Some kind person or group had done an extensive beach clean-up over the President's Day weekend, and there were numerous stacks of trash piled above the high tide line at intervals along the mile as well as along the entire BayOcean spit. We picked up another two bags of additional items, mostly plastic water bottles, and added them to the stacks. To make sure that they were aware of it, I notified the Parks Dept about the trash; they responded that they knew about the clean-up and had already scheduled a pick-up.  

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213 hancherclan 02/17/2020

Walked the beach at low tide. Beach appears very smooth, no potholes or undulations that I've observed last year. Evidence of the king tides was clear; sand soaked the beach grass higher than I've seen before, and driftwood was threatening a number of beachfront homes. Noticed a broken up dock washed ashore. Mostly sunny day, temp just below 50, light breeze. Did notice surfers north of my mile. Average number of beach walkers given the conditions.

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297 NehalemBay 02/16/2020

This was a brisk day with big clouds on the long holiday weekend.  The beach is very long, sloping gently from above where the large amount of wood sits.  The sand has covered most of that wood.  There was little debris, natural or human on the mile.  12 people were out walking, fishing, photographing and running. No bird carcasses were seen, and only a few shorebirds and gulls were present.  What was notable was four ATV tracks that ran down the beach, and then multiple circles of tracks up where the dunes were leveled to encourage snowy plover nesting. Somebody, or somebodies seemed to be having a good time driving around in the sand. 

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220 Hillsideshack 02/16/2020

A large amount of debris on the beach, more than 15 pieces that were over 50cm in length. Lots of rope from crab/fishing, an intact Pacific Seafoods white tote, 2 pieces of possible tsunami debris: 1 fridge or freezer (47cm square) with Asian characters on inside and biofouled as well as a red plastic gas can with Asian characters on it as well (see photos). I carried off 2 full bags of trash/debris as well as one of the conglomerations of rope. Alerted Fawn and Jesse about the above-listed items. 

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220 DKPowell 02/15/2020

It was not a good day. It was cloudy, and during the 1.5 hours I was scrambling along the rocks, taking photos, etc. it rained 0.03 inches according to Hatfield. The wind was 8-12 miles/hour. Wave height was 11-15 feet according to Weather Service Surf forecast.

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202 Jon French 02/14/2020

Fewer Western Snowy Plovers this walk than on 1/30/2020, approximately 20 total today (30-40 last visit) in two clusters south of beach access 67D (beyond the landmark driftwood in the attached photo and before the steep sand bluffs).  On my previous walk, the plovers were about a quarter of a mile further north, but that section of beach has been smoothed over by new sand/wind, and the plovers seem to prefer some roughness/undulations in the sand.

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243 garretta 02/11/2020

Bright, sunny Tuesday right after King Tides. Beach was scoured clean, logs rearranged and a few new ones deposited. Velella Velella were uniform in size, 3"-3.5", clear, and fairly fresh. Some erosion at MW 15th Street vehicle access but not enough to keep all cars from the beach. Maybe bette luck next time. Sand level noticibly lower, photo attached. 

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293 stu and barb 02/11/2020

A lightly travelled beach today with less than 20 people and 5 dogs.  Lots of debris left at the high tide line mostly due to the recent King Tides.  Besides the logs,  tree branches and other wooden debris, found lots of plastic rope, chunks of styrofoam, and plastic bottles that were obviously at sea for many months or years.  Gathered 1 1/2 garbage bags of trash, including a personal best 3 tooth brushes...go figure!  Noted some minor sand and vegitation erosion along the bank.

 

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220 DKPowell 02/10/2020 DISPATCH

King Tides. 10-14 feet waves meant I could get down to 25 feet mark from normal beach access to SAFELY take photos.

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197 mudslide 02/09/2020 DISPATCH

Since spotting the big chunk of bluff that's become detached from the wall, back at the end of December, I've been returning to check on it every few weeks. Would have thought the combination of heavy rain, big waves, and king tides would have brought it down by now, but it's persisting. (See photos.) On my last visit I walked the whole length of the mile and observed two houses that were in an increasingly precarious position on the bluff's edge. (See photos.) Driftwood of all sizes was plentiful; the beach was otherwise clean except for several yards of rope, one end of which was pinned by a piece of riprap so I couldn't take it out.

 

 

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286 kunkelwa 02/09/2020

Two days ago we had very strong west winds for an extended period. The Velella were back in the driftline. A lot of water bottle caps and small platic garbage as well. The sand and dunes have been eroding from wind over the winter.

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237 Walden 02/09/2020

I noticed that debris from the recent King Tide event was concentrated at the southern end of mile 237, with little to none in the northern 1/3-1/2.  The appearance of the high water mark indicated that the highest tides reached the cliffs on the southern end, and not all to the north where it is low dune topography.

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220 DKPowell 02/09/2020 DISPATCH

King Tides. Note that first two pictures show the 75 feet mark log shown by last month's King Tides picture is no longer present. Waves are 17-22 feet. A lot less foam.

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327 sultanym 02/09/2020

Chilly, clear (37 degrees F) early morning walk with visible frost covering the beach sand on mile 327. The weekend's impressive King Tides revealed an abundance of debris. I removed 45lbs of trash (3 SOLV bags full of hard plastic, marine-based debris, large styrofoam pieces, including floats and water bottle with Japanese writing-see photo below), especially concentrated around Del Rey Beach access road entrance. Observed human feces and toilet paper in the dunes along the dunes access trail. Observed 7 dead sea birds, and was able to identify 1 dead bird as Northern Fulmar. Someone sawed part of a large tree limb washed up on the beach, leaving sawdust on the sand. Observed 5 Bald Eagles, two of which were feeding on a gull on the beach. 

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220 DKPowell 02/08/2020 DISPATCH

Another King Tides day. Weather has 47F, winds of 15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Waves are 19-23 feet.

Foam was past the 75 feet mark from normal beach access. Last month erosion was up to the 75 feet mark--so I made a new 100 feet mark.

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193 SKMacK 02/07/2020

Cloudy day with no people along beach because of high tide. More logs washed up on south side of Yachats River by its mouth. Continued erosion along Ocean View Drive. 

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220 lacyajane 02/06/2020 DISPATCH

There are erosion, slides and new rock deposited.   Lots of larger debris on beach   Difficult to access, trail issues may need to be addressed after the last king tide

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310 Jesse Narens 02/03/2020

Arrived today around mid tide as it was on its way out. The large fallen tree that usually greets people near the base of the parking lot steps is now gone. Not sure if it was removed by people; my guess is that the recent king tides pulled it out as most of the large pieces of wood that had been around for most of last year are now gone as well. Very little driftwood in general today, and no tidewrack or birds that we could find. Only saw 3 other people and their dogs.

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280 CharmerDale 02/02/2020

There was quite a lot of erosion of the cliffs and sand dunes near THE CAPES gated community.

Otherwise, the beach was clean with little debris following our recent KING TIDES!

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236 Streets 02/02/2020

Storm damage for this mile seems mostly at Laurel/Sijota; Morris Excavation has built a roadbed parallel to the bluff for equipment access; some erosion at World Mark, north of state park. Sand dune from Schoolhouse Creek (at Wallace Street) extends north so that the creek runs nearly to the state park. I can't seem to send you more than one photo. If you want others, let me know and how to do that.

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246 TerryH 02/02/2020 DISPATCH

A large piece of electronics, in the cove, just north of the Roads End headland (the Point).  Weighs about 15-20 lbs.  Maybe from a boat?  Also, more little wire bundles in the same location.  Re-posted a photo of the wire bundles from this time last year.  Same wire junk.  Huge piece of styrofoam in same cove.  My son did this walk and he came back with a piece of beaver wood.  see photos

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198 bahngarten 02/02/2020

Cloudy day, slight SW breeze. 4 people walking along beach.  Notable were larger beached pebbles, 1-3" size along shoreline, along with notable decrease in shells as seen last  month. 1  decomposed carcass, ID from beak and foot was a Northern fulmar.Two plastic bottles and several pieces of plastic collected and removed from beach.  

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129 mzlizee 02/02/2020

FV showing itself near 128/129.

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14 artist 02/02/2020

Nothing significant to report.

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23 Bob Harvey 02/01/2020

Lots of plastic ocean deposited plastic this time of year.  Foredunes continue to lose sand and grass esp N end of mile.

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202 Jon French 01/30/2020

Another beautiful walk on Mile 202, highlighted by seeing 30-40 Western Snowy Plovers scattered along the upper portions of the sand perhaps 100 yards North and South of Beach Access 67C (Bayshore South), a stretch of sandy beach and rolling dunes a half mile or so north of the tip of Alsea spit (see photos, one bird with orange leg bands).  These small shorebirds live and nest on sandy beaches and were listed in 1993 as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act because of loss of habitat, predators, and human disturbance.  Portland Audubon estimates the current number of individuals along the Oregon coast at 500.  The beach here is managed as an Oregon Shore State Recreation Area by the Oregon State Department of Parks and Recreation.  Nesting season is March-September, and if any active nests are discovered, they will be protected by Parks and Recreation.  On my previous walk, the plovers were further south on the beach but perhaps have moved north because of the new smooth sand deposits to the south.  I will continue to monitor and will be attending a Plover Patrol workshop in April for training.

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99 tbowspencer 01/30/2020

Mile 99 is showing the effects of the winter storms, with a lot of plastic debris, and erosion of foredunes and bluffs along the creeks. 

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143 kmwifish 01/26/2020

The biggest thing I found was the water heater tank.  There were only 3 seagulls and a small flock of sandpipers  Quite windy, lovely to have the beach to myself (I walk farther than my mile).

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327 sultanym 01/25/2020

Late afternoon walk on mile 327 during an outgoing tide. Observed a recently dead fully intact beaver (Castor canadensis) about 0.25 south of Del Rey Beach access at Highlands Ln. Two people moved the beaver up into the foredune area near a large two-pronged stick, out of the way of beach car traffic. Observed a partially intact dead sea lion 0.1 miles south of Del Rey Beach access. 

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244 Victoria 01/25/2020

Erosion, drainage pipe blight effecting this mile with recent storms.

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183 Sandy Watch 01/20/2020

A considerable amount of driftwood/logs on ocean picnic. Rock or gravel exposed on rock Creek beach and ocean picnic beach. I have never seen the rock and gravel on ocean picnic beach before. Many people were agate/rock hunting.

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310 Jesse Narens 01/20/2020

The beach was more stoney than sandy today, the tidewrack made up of mostly small plastics and wood.  Live bald eagle, freshly dead Cassin's Auklet observed.  People watching waves near parking lot, fanned out as tide went out. 

 

 

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195 WetWabbit 01/19/2020

It was the best day in quite a while for trail and beach walking--warm and dry. Most of the hikers were on the 804 trail, which is closed at stairs above the beach at Starr Creek. Some hikers were walking down the rocks along the side of the stairs, but this route is steep, slippery and unsafe. Karen and Westly walked the mile in two segments: from Overlook Lodge north to the closure above Starr Creek and from Silver Surf Motel south to Starr Creek. 

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116 alaingamerica 01/19/2020

Fairly low tide during daylight hours on a dry day brought only a few visitors. Muddy trail access inspired creative entry points. Seasonal waterfalls flowing heavily. Observed a breeding pair of Harlequins out in the surf. I believe I saw an emerged nudibranch.

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338 Randy and Beth 01/19/2020

On this warm day many people were enjoying the beach with their dogs. There was an absence of kelp bundles which we would have expected after our stormy weather. Sawdust showed where several beach logs had been cut for firewood. The most notable thing were stones, weighing a pound or less, dotting the entire mile like raisins on cinnamon dough. On our return walk we picked up about 25 pounds of debris, mostly plastic.

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208 Batthecat 01/19/2020 DISPATCH

Photos show how high the surf got. The top is likely 12-14' up from the beach. Lots of debris 

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45 humbug45 01/19/2020

No unusual events or observations to report. 

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325 sultanym 01/18/2020

Today, I spent one hour walking mile 325 with the primary purpose of birdwatching. I observed 6 Western Snowy Plovers foraging along the low-tide line near a large group of Sanderlings. The official status of the Western Snowy Plover is listed as threatened. A Peregrine Falcon fly low over the high tide line and then out over the beach. Weather was cloudy with moderate to strong winds. Found large plastic debris near the mouth of the Necanicum River Estuary and photographed below. 

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340 edjoyce 01/18/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.

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238 Cathy238 01/17/2020 DISPATCH

Beware the sneaker waves. Observe all warning signs. Dress appropriately for the season, climate, and quick weather fluctuations. 

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254 Neskowin254 01/17/2020

Nothing unusual to report. There was a king tide a couple of days prior to this report, so there was some debris left at a hgher water line than normal, but otherwise nothing out of the ordinary.

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245 TerryH 01/16/2020

A lot of big logs and signs of velella that had lost its blue color.  No dead birds.  Pleasant winter day with no wind.

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339 edjoyce 01/15/2020 DISPATCH

Nothing unusual.  Typical winter erosion of dunes.

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202 Jon French 01/14/2020

A chilly north wind but still beautiful on Mile 202, which I had virtually all to myself.  I previously walked 202 on 12/30/19 and wanted to view any changes after a weekend of storms and King Tides.  Sand appeared to have been deposited on the rolling dunes along the northern half of the mile, but I saw new erosion on the southern half (see photos).  There was a little more large driftwood but not appreciable.  One of the two sand dumps I had previously seen is sloughing off, and areas of the sheer southern sand bluffs have eroded.  I also saw erosion of the sand bank below one of the more vunerable houses on the bay side of the beach near the tip of Alsea Spit.  More pollution than before, mostly chunks of styrofoam and plastic bottles, probably marine-origin from the storms and which I collected and carried out.

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220 DKPowell 01/12/2020 DISPATCH

Another day of King Tides--the waves didn't come as far up, but the "foam" came further.

The waves were 17-21 feet.

Wind was 20mph --gusts to 30 mph.

Another note: with the erosion near the cliff wall, I will probably be moving this point further inland because of cliff undercut.

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220 DKPowell 01/11/2020 DISPATCH

Arrived 1 1/2 hours late of King Tide maximum--I had another appointment. And it was a good thing--as waves eroded up to my 75 foot mark from normal beach access!

Waves were 30-35 feet.

Wind was 15 mph--with gusts of 20 mph.

 

 

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116 alaingamerica 01/11/2020 DISPATCH

Though Cape Arago was receiving possibly record number of visitors, no one was trying to surf or otherwise visit South Cove. The tidepools were completely submerged, numerous driftwood were tossed by the waves.

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300 mccannavc 01/11/2020

These observations were recorded during a King High Tide.  12:00PM on 1/11/2020.

The Cape Elizabeth Boay reported 9.5 high tide, 16 kts WNW, 21 kts gusts, and significant wave heights of 29 feet.  It was partly cloudy with a temperature of 44 degrees.

The beach access road at Treasure Cove Lane and Beach Street experienced sea foam to the gate.

The beach face on mile 300 was compromised and in most locations non existent.  

The majority of people noted in this report were watching the ocean from the vantage point of dunes. 

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120 alaingamerica 01/11/2020 DISPATCH

Sunset Bay was overwhelmed by visitors presumably drawn by the "High Surf" warnings on their weather apps or, I suspect, by awareness of the "King Tide" phenomenon. Sunset Bay State Park day use area took heavy damage from the King Tide. I have to question the intelligence of those wanting to put their surfboards in on such a day. Most people were trying to get into Shore Acres, but the entire Cape was recieving well above usage. 

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220 DKPowell 01/10/2020 DISPATCH

Catching some photos during King Tides.

Winds were 20 mpg--with gusts to 30mpg

Waves at 13-17 feet.

I was able to get to the point which was only 25 feet from "normal" beach access and take some photos.

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211 Chad101 01/09/2020

I tried to pick up and carry back to trash collection area all plastic pieces I found larger than 1 square inch, but for every piece I picked up there were at least 100 smaller pieces, a great increase over the amount of plastic just a few years ago.  Beach was relatively deserted late on a cloudy Thursday afternoon in January.

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111 whiskeydevil 01/09/2020

Nobody else on the beach.  Found lots of plastic bottles and other trash.  Two dead gulls and one salmon.

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323 photosbyboothe 01/08/2020

Very few people on the beach. A lot of fun invertibrates including sea gooseberries, red eyed medusa, and sea cherubs. 

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198 bahngarten 01/05/2020

Cloudy day with mod SW winds, 48'. Of note, mod. amts of razor clam shells, lack of usual small pebbles, many small ( less than 1/4") plastic pieces along driftline, otherwise clean beach.  7 people walking,5 dogs. Usual winter overtopping of winter tides into areas of closed Beachside park campground- leaving some sand deposits.

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