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171 oldMGguy 01/23/2019

Lots of sea foam on Heceta Beach this afternoon.  This stuff is almost pure white compared to the greenish-tannish foam usually seen in the fall.  Small groups of sanderlings feeding in the surf outwash was about the only observed wildlife today.

The recent "king" tides sloshed up against the grass-covered foredunes, undercutting the hummocks in various locations, most notably on the south half of Mile 171.

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338 Randy and Beth 01/21/2019

A MLK Day hike on our beach mile--a very mild day with a beach that had been swept clean by a very high set of tides. We saw more sandpipers than usual and only a few gulls. On the return walk we walked close to the bluff. Areas that had collections of seaweed and small driftwood, also had small pieces of plastic of various colors. We noticed six boats (crabbers?) off shore in the distance.

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293 stu and barb 01/21/2019

A throwback to a couple years ago...the black sand is back along with some previously exposed remains of plastic rope and an assumed crab ring buried deep in the sand.  Very clean beach, probably the result of the King tide clearing out whatever was present.  Found just a small amount or plastic stuff but not a single plastic bottle...that doesn’t happen very often!  Thanks to the two Kings...Tide and M.L.K.

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339 edjoyce 01/21/2019 DISPATCH View full report 2
214 PCTronquet 01/21/2019

I counted at least 47 folks on mile 214 at noon, high 10.3 King Tide, 50 degrees, full sunshine, and little to no wind.  Several children were playing in the surf at high tide.....and were chased by small "sneaker waves".

A number of large trees and many large logs had washed up on the beach with the high tide.

22 Snowy Plover were clustered right around the South Beach Day Use access to the beach, and ran south when dogs and people neared.  Also saw a Snow Bunting  which is uncommon here. 

The beach was remarkably clean from human debris, and the dunes were not affected by the high tide.

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340 Merce and Michael 01/19/2019 DISPATCH

King tide photos taken at a few locations (note photo captions).

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203 JLcoasties 01/18/2019

The beach had a lot of marine debris such as polypropelene rope, fuel lines, expended shot gun/ fire works shells and other items that had washed in.  We filled two 3-gallon buckets with debris.

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299 cpendergrass 01/16/2019

16 people and 3 dogs noted. Recent stormy weather has brought in large driftwood as well as an egg case from a Big Skate (Raja binoculata). An egg case, sometimes known as a mermaid’s purse, is the casing made from collagen protein strands that surrounds the eggs of oviparous (egg-laying) sharks, skates (the only rays that are oviparous) and chimaeras. The ‘horns’ or ‘points’ at each corner secure it between rocks as well as protect against predators. Unlike most egg cases which contain only 1 embryo, that of the Big Skate can contain up to 7 embryos. Big Skates are common from California to Alaska.

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236 Streets 01/15/2019

Remarkably little debris - anticipating a different story after the King tides!

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308 John Markham 01/13/2019

Two new colverts installed.

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246 gianna70 01/12/2019

This walk was done in conjunction with the Marine Debris Shoreline Survey. We carried two pallets off the beach plus a few pieces of pressure treated lumber. 

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235 KWelsh 01/12/2019

A beautiful day on Mile 235. Sunny, warm, very light to no wind on the beach. Lots of people out walking, running and enjoying the day. The beach was very clean with only a few individual pieces of driftwood here and there, no rocks or shells, no animal casings, and only two pieces of debris that I came upon, etc. The most plentiful objects on the beach this day were footprints. 

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171 oldMGguy 01/08/2019

Pleasant afternoon stroll on Heceta Beach this afternoon.  The NE wind has beaten down the surf, but two surfers were out working a nice curl just north of the North Jetty finger.  Small bunches of Sanderlings feeding in the outwash, crows and gull busily chowing down on a fresh deceased yearling harbor seal (reported to the MM Stranding Network website - photo).  The north half of Mile 171 is heavily covered with a mass stranding of large 12-16" diameter Moon jellies with one specimen measuring an honest 24" across - easily the largest Moon jelly I've seen on Heceta Beach since 2008 (photo).  Must be perfect ocean conditions this year for growing really big jellies!

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243 garretta 01/07/2019

Resident logs show significant movement from recent high tides: King Tides but even more high tides January 4 and 5 which were higher than King Tides. Also, numerous new logs washed up to cliffs and maybe 15-20 islands of kelp on the beach. Beach has been scoured and very few rocks, no shells, and only driftline/tide line show debris. 

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238 ORbeach 01/07/2019 DISPATCH

Providing pictures of erosion at house #295 on Salishan Drive, Gleneden Beach

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30 tree13tops 01/05/2019 View full report 0
199 seagazer 01/05/2019 DISPATCH

Upon arriving here on the 28th of December, I first went down to the beach to take a quick look. It was raining so I chose not to do a full inspection. What caught my attention was the amount of foredune that has been lost since my last inspection. I took some pictures for a later report. In late afternoon I observed a trackhoe being unloaded from a lowboy where it proceeded to drive to the Wakonda Beach access. It started to work the access to fix the four foot high dropoff. It eventually got onto th ebeach then a dump truck showed up and dumped it's load of large boulders that rolled down onto the beach. The hoe proceeded to prepare to base of the bank and start laying in courses of the boulders along the face of the bank adjacent to the first house north of the access. More rock was brought and dumped then the track hoe continued to place them using its work lights as it got dark. Then the machine was driven up off of the beach and parked. The following morning (January 4th), the operator arrived to find the waves coming all of the way up to the rocks laid the previous evening. He decided not to put his machine back onto the beach. As high tide approached, at 10 am the waves were aggressively crashing against the rocks eventually reaching above the highest laid course. By early afternoon, the waves were not reaching within 20' of the bank so the operator returned his machine to the beach as more loads of rock were being delivered. By late afternoon, the height of the courses of rock was doubled reaching 2/3 of the way up and from the access to just about the property line of the north second house. The houses north of these two have lost close to as much bank as these first two houses. The owners may not be aware of the conditions of the bank in front of their properties. The operator brought his machine back up on top and waited for a truckload of crushed rock that he worked down the approach and packed with his wide bucket to restore the access. It is actually much better than the way he found it. As it was getting dark, he proceeded to load his machine back onto the lowboy trailer that had just arrived and then left the site. An inspection of the rock work Saturday morning (Jan 5th), the rock appears to be well placed for temporary protection of the two properties except for a curious gap between the wall and the access road.  (Added Jan 6th) Further inspection helped me realize that the gap between the wall and the access point must relate to the operator placing rock only up to the southern private property line - not on State road right-of-way. The access road is not as wide as the State's right-of-way. Legally the rock could not overlap onto that ROW. The ocean was approaching high tide but the waves reached just to the rock, not near as aggressive as the day before. As another strong storm approaches, and with the upcomong King Tides, it will be interesting how this temporary work will fare. Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has issued emergency permits for these two properties. Applications are being prepared for the installations of permanent armoring of these two properties.

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254 Neskowin254 01/04/2019

There was a very high tide. The accompanying photos show high wave occurrence and erosion at the Mt. Angel Avenue and Corvallis Avenue beach access points in Neskowin.

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244 Victoria 01/02/2019

The drainage pipes overhanging the cliffs are a real eyesore.

the erosion of the cliff on the chinook winds property is getting worse due to people carving in the cliff.

Beach fires are a real hazard on this mile. 

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238 Cathy238 01/02/2019 DISPATCH

Much erosion along Mile 238 north of beach access 50B. Bulldozers are adding boulders and sand and working daily. Some beach access points are currently unusable until additional sand can bring the paths to a level of walking directly off the beach. Right now, some rock climbing would be required, but it is recommended to avoid using those exits. Winter tide levels are high throughout the day, making a straight walk along the entire mile nearly impossible most of the day (between sneaker waves and erosion). 

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222 222Tender 01/01/2019

Overcast day on Mile 222....more people than usual observed due to New Years Day.  Access road had been cleared of major driftwood collected since high tides.  I did see young man climbing and sliding down fragile cliff.  I made him aware of the fragility of the bluff and he finished climbing up and left .  Also observed were 2-3 15', 4/4 partially painted green boards along with green painted plywood 2, approx 4x6 feet.  

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110 billberg 01/01/2019

It was a beautiful 1st day of the New Year!!! Collected about 1/3 bag of trash (water bottles, small pieces of styrofoam, small broken plastic pieces, plastic bags, rope, mesh bag, canvas tote bag from VA Administration, and one car tire). Quiet day. 

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245 TerryH 01/01/2019 DISPATCH

Talk about timing!  I was warning a family about the dangers of sitting directly under the cliffs, at the north end of Roads End beach, when a large rockslide came tumbling down about a 100 ft from us.  It reminded me of the video of Mt. St Helens exploding, where the whole side of the mountain bulged out before it came down.  Other than that, very nice day on the beach. At least 100 people and many off-leash dogs, perhaps 30, most under voice control.  Beach itself was clean of small stuff but many large logs.  Crabbers in the distance, beyond the Cascade Head Marine Reserve boundary, setting their traps for a Jan 4th harvest.

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182 mj6dolphin 12/31/2018

People were walking the beaches. Three people were rock hounding in Big creek. Two people were looking at rocks in the cliffs.The dunes beside Big creek were visibly worn down from high waves.The cliffs looked more exposed at the bottom on Muriel Ponsler making the cliffs look taller.There was plastic bottles, plastic debri and pieces of rope on the beach. I removed the plastics, rope and styrofoam.

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192 [email protected] 12/31/2018

Since much of my mile is rocky with steep embankments, I can't really get down to view it from eye level.  As such, the most significant things I notice are a lot more large stumps and more debris.  My house looks at the Cleft of the Rock seagull/harbor seal colony so I observe the birds and seals there every day.  I have two big observations this year.  The biggest change I've seen in my two years, is the number of sea stars that have come back to the rocks.  When I first moved here in 2016, looking at the rocks/island around me, I counted 6 orange and 1 purple sea star.  Now I can count 36 orange and 3 purple sea stars.  It could be I was just missing them before, but they are very pronounced now.  The one really sad thing is the Black Oystercatcher pair that live on the rocks on the west side of my house.  They sucessfully mated and had two chicks that grew to maturity in 2017.  They mated and had two eggs and two chicks this year, but they didn't even last a month.  I don't know exactly what happened, but there were a particularly agressive pair of eagles this year that came to the seagull colony every day and decimated the eggs, and then the young chicks.  In previous years the seagulls were able to run the eagles off.  This year the eagles pretty much did what they wanted.  They would come in the morning and evening and spend 30 mins on the colony jumping from nest to nest eating the eggs or chasing the chicks.  We had three seals die on the colony this year (2 babies, 1 adult), and one washed up on the rocks nearest to my house (where the Oystercatchers live).  I counted 5 eagles (3 adults, 2 juvenile) munching on the dead seal.  They were about 40ft from the baby Oystercatchers.  Two days later, the chicks were gone.  In 2017, the adults where so agressive, not even seagulls landed on their rocks.  In 2018, they didn't seem to care, even when the eggs had hatched.  Both parents would fly off and leave the chicks unattended.  They even left the eggs unattended.  Very strange behavior.  

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309 spinger 12/31/2018

beautiful Old Year's Day at the beach, lots of people, lots of dogs enjoying themselves!

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197 oceanloonie 12/31/2018

This was a beautiful, sunny, although chilly at 45 degrees Fahrenheit, New Year's Eve afternoon after a week or so of rains and blustery winds. The tide was low, so there was a large expanse of beach, and people were walking dogs, or just pleasure-walking or running. There were few birds, only occasional gulls flying by. The only notable changes from the last survey 5 months ago were some mud and rock slides and further erosion of the bluffs. Predictably, there was a lot of rainwater runoff down the face of the bluffs in rivulets and washes and an occasional small waterfall. Only a few spots had functioning drainpipes. The ocean had calmed after the King Tides and huge rolling waves and spindrift of last week, and was sparkling in the sun, just glorious. All in all, an optimistic prognostication for the year to come. Happy New Year!

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307 Bald Eagle 12/30/2018

I was the only person on the shoreline.  There was one bald eagle circling above.  There were no man-made or natural changes to the shoreline.

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246 kujira246 12/30/2018

Was unable to reach the northern half of mile 246 again due to water levels. There was miminal debris found on the second quarter and was able to carry it back with me. From the amount of debris deposited at the 3 car parking area, it looks as if beach goers pick up items in the southern first quarter and leave it there to be picked up. 

Noticed a purple tint to the sand starting at the 3 car parking area (labled with a "40" sign I believe) and then north until the beach houses end. Sometimes the color was evident at the surface, but if not, you could see it just under the first layer of sanding by scraping it back with your shoe. I'll attach photo examples. Further north past where the beach houses end, the coloring seemed to be gone.

There didn't seem to be any noticeable shifts in the hillsides since my previous visit.

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195 WetWabbit 12/30/2018

Many visitors were enjoying this coast walk in spite of warm, light rain. It was difficult to access the beach from the 804 trail because of a seasonal stair closing. I went up to the highway to bypass this point on the way back. The beach was washed clean of most natural and human debris. Whales were migrating, but none could be seen because large waves and low elevation obstructed views of the distant ocean.

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210 mrkopplin 12/30/2018

We noted a fair amount of bull kelp strewn about the northern part of the mile. Not so much on the southern half. Many more small rocks and pebbles esp on southern half. Beach not as sandy as in the warmer months. People we met were enjoying their time on the beach with dogs and hunting rocks. All friendly and no issues noted (ie, dogs either leashed and/or under control, not chasing birds, etc). We took photo of the mile from the north end looking south and from the south end looking north. Also, 2 photos of the 2 dead Cassin's Auklets and of cliff erosion near house.

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11 sandy beach 12/30/2018

A gorgeous morning and a vacation week lured 40 people to the Cape Ferrelo View Point this Sunday to test John, the whale watching volunteer, on his 'whale speak'. By the end of his 2 hour duty 3 whales were added to the count. Eight people hiked a portion of the Coast Trail on mile 11. Two more adventurous ones scurried down a hillside to a secluded little beach, then climbed the rocks for a better view of the surf below. The erosion on the hillside behind this beach makes it look like it's melting into the ocean. There was no visible driftline due to the lack of sand and all the rocks. Also, no birds! I usually see more wildlife than people. Today the opposite. 

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212 PhilBSB 12/30/2018

Nice day for a walk after the recent rains and huge surf.  Not much new except the short stairway on to the bech from neighborhood acess (For full disclosure I live in the neighbohood but don't know who added this).  It was not permitted and I will continue to follow up.

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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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