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222 hatsmith 02/04/2009 It was my second time visiting mile 222. It was a gorgeous day and 63 degrees. People I encountered were enjoying the day walking their dogs. There was an exposed old tree root from a Spruce tree on beach. It actually was pretty beautiful. It probably was there years ago.I noticed a yellow bouy marked 103. Did not notice any other fish, etc. washed up on beach except that. I discovered a way down to beach as lots of construction on road around Beverly Beach exit. It is old wagon road down to beach. View full report 0
172 Oyster 02/03/2009 Beach clean of land based debris. Lots of drift tree & branches and broken sand dollar shells in mid-M172 area. Cement block in relatively (4x4x10 ft) same location, but shifted to east/west orientation. Block movement is arrested by large tree root (see photo). One recently dead murrelet (see photo).Red/orange algae growth in same area as the sewage drainage located between Driftwood Shores Inn and Surfside restaurant (see photo). View full report 6
213 [email protected] 02/03/2009 A very straightforward walk on a scoured clean beach. A pleasant walk with nothing unusual noted.It was remarkable to have such a warm, calm afternoon in January. View full report 0
197 [email protected] 02/03/2009 T-shirt weather. Scattered large tree sections with stubs of roots attached have washed in. Several large jelly fish about one foot in diameter on the beach.A very nice walk. How fortunate we are to have uncrowded public beaches. View full report 0
185 Lfleming 02/02/2009 A lovely sunny day with almost no wind. 47 Harbor Seals out sunning on the rocks, and a new bird for our mile, the Pacific Loon. Quite a few people looking for agates and jasper. Not finding much this year. We were surprised how rocky the Toketee Kloochman side was. Usually it is mostly sand. View full report 0
194 PhelpsPham 02/02/2009 Beautiful, calm day a day after a very windy day. Saw some crows eating two dead fish, another rocky cove filled with foam, and found an unusual egg sac - most likely fish eggs. Very little human activity. Three joggers were on the 804 trail. None on the beach. Noticed new construction immediately north of the Adobe Inn with fill place adjacent to a stream. As this is my first time was unsure if this is new activity. View full report 3
212 MAshley 02/01/2009 I walked north from Thiel Creek to Moore Creek. There were thousands of jellies from low tide line all the way to the cliff face. This makes it obvious that high tide is reaching the cliff face and will continue to erode the area. Adults and children on the beach, that were not playing football, had a bucket, sock, or bag to collect agates, jasper, fossilized bone ect...I discovered one cave in the cliff face that water was pouring out of. I could not tell if this was natural or caused from the development above. The cave was about 20 feet into the cliff then water poored down from above. Mid way between the cliff face and the tide line were a number of large pieces of drift wood mostly buried. There were also many mounds along the beach that looked like large rocks, but with closer observation discovered that they were mud stone. My biggest concern in this area is with the new steps and serious erosion problems here. View full report 0
300 [email protected] 02/01/2009 DISPATCH Jellyfish every 10 feet. 11 people walking. View full report 0
249 Alex Derr 01/31/2009 A landslide started near the top of the bluff at Cascade Head and swept hundreds of trees into a pile at the shoreline. Some trees and a lot of dirt have been swept into the ocean. I believe this occurred within the past two weeks, based on conversation with another pilot who flies this route frequently. View full report 3
98 D Bilderback 01/31/2009 DISPATCH We received a call from CoastWatcher Barbara Harrison concerning a dead shark on Mile 98 just north of China Creek. We went out and identified it as a Salmon Shark. We normally find these young sharks in August to October and so, were surprised to see it. This shark was a male, weighed 30.8 pounds and was 111.5 cm (43.8 inches)long. The skin was pink, and we think that this might be due to bruising caused by rolling in the surf after death. The animal appeared to be very freshly dead. We collected and froze this shark for the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology's summer course in fish biology. View full report 4
182 Jackie 01/31/2009 The lack of recent storms seem to have brought the sand back on shore. Earlier in January many rocks were visible, but now they are again buried in the sand. No noticable bluff erosion has taken place. There are numerous large tree trunks and pieces of wood at the bluff line. Also unusual is the lack of birdlife. Due to a lack of rain, China Creek and Rock Creek are no longer causing any erosion. View full report 0
16 Christine 01/31/2009 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Thunder Rock Cove viewpoint south that includes Natural Bridges. Little human activity can take place here other than trail maintenance. Nothing unusual was observed along the trail or from the ocean over view points along the trail. View full report 0
293 ducks73 01/31/2009 It was a beautiful morning for a walk on Rockaway Beach!! There were many, many HUGE logs, branches, and limbs and lots of wood debris on the beach and riprap my whole mile. There are still areas of the riprap that appear to be in need of repair between NW 6th and 7th.There were signs posted on the beach giving notice to an application to make permanent the riprap that was installed a year ago between NW 12th and 10th - Application BA 653-09. Interested parties have until 2/26 to submit comments to the State of Oregon (Tony Stein). View full report 0
201 gjport 01/29/2009 Lovely day that brought out many folks and their pooches. Beach was remarkably clean. Picked up just 1 can and 1 plastic bottle. There is a considerable amount of wood (trees, logs, branches, etc) at high tide line, most probably coming down the Alsea, a result of the winter storms. View full report 0
310 Bill Gordon 01/29/2009 Beautiful mid week day at the mile - only one couple on the mile with their two dogs. Mile was extremely clean with minimal tideline debris. Prior winter high tides have brought in quite a bit of drift wood of all sizes. Sand levels aren't much lower than last fall - a big change (at least so far) from last winter where the sand loss was significant. Some recent bluff erosion was noted but it's fairly minor. View full report 0
100 JohnnyCN 01/29/2009 Very little activity on a warmish, sunny day--Only 3 humans and 2 dogs walking. The driftline was composed of driftwood, kelp piles,and small stones. One dead immature gull. A new small creek was coming out of the hillside and meandering to the ocean. Johnson Creek had moved further south than in the summer. Two small flocks of shorebirds flew over as well as a few gulls. Overall, very little was happening. View full report 0
253 JSteiner 01/29/2009 DISPATCH 15 - 20 people, walking and photography View full report 0
269 solarnight9 01/26/2009 A chilly but gorgeous sunny day on 269. I arrived mid-afternoon at mid-tide as it was going out. Not a soul in sight. There was very little to be found on the beach. The beach was scoured clean save for large hunks of styrofoam and 1 dead pelican. Very little trash was found save a couple of water bottles. Very few shells or sea life was washed up and only a small amount of kelp and seaweed could be seen.Some sand has been washed away during the recent storms. The tree house that I talked about in the last report has been destroyed with the wood remnants scattered all about.One new rockslide has happened where a small waterfall/creek has been working on the cliff for some time. A few dump trucks' worth of rock and dirt are at the base of the creek. The slide started about 100 ft. above the beach.There was an Osprey cruising around the beach on this visit as well. Always fun to see a raptor in the area. View full report 2
101 Doug C 01/26/2009 Just a brief note - sighted a bald eagle flying north over the beach at the level of the cliff. Beautiful bird, beautiful day. View full report 0
239 test 01/25/2009 Removed two bags litter fron area above the water on the south side (spit). The north portion was fairly clean. Was surprised to see very little if any small plastic in the drift line. Nothing unusual. View full report 0
245 lvoelker 01/24/2009 Last report I was focused on the large number of stranded jellies and completely missed what was behind me: a very large landslide approx 600 yds north of the last house along the beach and directly under the very last house in Roads End. Trees, fern, and other plants are intact at the edge of the bluff. The bluffs are eroded, undermining the ridge. View full report 0
200 Aiassa 01/23/2009 One of the several sunny days this week in January warm and light winds. Great time to enjoy and walk the beach. View full report 2
123 Sarita 01/19/2009 The usual fire remains and tire ruts marred the lovely beach. On this warm, sunny MLK Day holiday over a hundred people were enjoying the beach (80 walking, 8 playing in surf, 20 sitting, 2 crabbing and 2 skim boarding). I saw no violations, except the occasional dog chasing a ball. Unlike our previous walk, there was no litter, except in the parking lots.The beach was surprisingly clear of seaweed, no bull kelp, and only a few strands of eel grass. There were a small number of broken shells, bits of wood, and small rocks.It was exciting to see a line of 9 brown pelicans, flying low over the ocean. View full report 0
139 10mile2 01/19/2009 Remote, isolated section of coast that takes an effort to get to. Generally swept clean of human and natural debris by winter storms. The only things noted this visit were numerous shells and a few floats washed up from fishing/crabbing activities offshore. View full report 0
140 10mile2 01/19/2009 Beautiful, isolated section of the coastline where you can walk for miles without seeing another soul. Generally swept clear of most human and natural debris by the winter storms. Shells and some ocean-based debris in driftline.Plants noted in last report located in the 'Snowy Plover Habitat area' appeared to be either dead or dying (or dormant). View full report 0
317 Pillzy 01/18/2009 Perfect day at the beach, alarmingly warm, sunny, and clear, for a January day. The parking lot at Ecola Point was completely full, and I am sure the Indian Beach lot would have been full had the road been open. About 30 people on the beach at 1:45pm, and left with final 8 people at sunset (5:15pm) for 1 1/2 mile hike back to Ecola Point parking lot. One car remaining as departed. Only unusual debris were bumper and barrel. Not much bird activity or small wildlife, but many elk seen throughout the visit. View full report 3
220 lmabeggs 01/18/2009 Bluff erosion is particularly noticeable this date. This mile does not have heavy human activity so human impact is not great. There are two stairs down to the beach from Schooner Landing Condos and a nearby neighborhood. Both have been damaged signficantly by the winter storms. View full report 0
178 Brien M 01/18/2009 The sea lions weren't so stingy with the beach today. Maybe it was the gorgeous weather. I was able to explore to the southernmost end of Cape Cove, a place I haven't been in a while, because the sea lions have been congregating there since last fall.There wasn't much in the way of flotsam on the south end, as the southerly winds we have had seem to blow everything into the north end of the cove. I did, however, find another one of those large light bulbs that are being reported washing up everywhere. Unlike the other two I found, this one was clear, not red. The threads were missing, so I couldn't plug it in to see if it worked. The final verdict is in on the other two I reported last time: one works, the other didn't. This probably eliminates the theory that these light bulbs were discarded after use on a fishing boat. I know that is how a lot of them are beached, but this time I think a fellow CoastWatcher hit the nail on the head when she suggested that they were part of a shipment lost at sea. It is reminiscent of the mid-Nineties, when all that hockey gear washed up on the coast, or a few years before that when all the Nike shoes came ashore.The natural erosion on the cliff along this beach has gotten me very concerned about the highway directly above it. A couple more landslides took place in as many weeks; see photos. View full report 6
90 [email protected] 01/17/2009 Paddled back S from mile 89 and entered beach at S end of New River Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Area. Walked N and S from this point. Inspected beach campsite for human impact. Saw Tundra Swans flying over - 56 in two groups. Saw large groups of Western Sandpipers feeding along river adjacent to beach. Also large flocks of American Coots. Didn't see any Sanderlings, and only a few gulls. Light driftline of a few shells, animal casings, algae, wood pieces and debris. Low human impact (0). View full report 6
89 [email protected] 01/17/2009 Kayaked in from Storm Ranch then traveled 4 miles S to middle of mile 89. Walked N and S from there. Kayakers should be aware of duck hunting along the river this time of year. River is breached near outlet of Floras Creek. No significant activity - beach was pretty clean. White foam - mostly just small wood pieces and a few shells in tideline. Northern Harrier, hunting over beach. Other birds seen were: Western Sandpipers, Buffleheads, Common Mergansers and gulls. Tracks of an adult fox with young on beach. 3-4 very large light bulbs washed up on beach. Low human impact (0). View full report 6
245 lvoelker 01/17/2009 This winter's erosion of the uplifted basalt near the end of 245 is interesting in the effect: usually the cliff is fairly smooth, now there are spines and depressions. The bridge between the basalt and the igneous outcropping has further eroded; it may not be more than another two or three years when the rock will stand separate from the basalt from the midpoint up.The jellies were obviously only just stranded. I put a few in tidepools but they only sank to the bottom. What's the general wisdom on this type of stranding? Leave them, put them in tidepools, put them in the surfline? View full report 2
212 MAshley 01/14/2009 I walked south from Surfland subdivision to the south end of Pacific Shores subdivision. I noticed many small fresh landslides. These slides were filled with fossils. There are numerous drain pipes protruding from cliff face with running water. Certain areas of the cliff face is being eroded from the top and other areas from underneath. I met a man named Adrian who was picking up trash Adrian said he had been doing this for 20 years along this streatch of beach. I also met a couple that was looking for dead birds for an ongoing 25 year study. I noticed a very large tangle (aproximately 30 feet) of kelp that was complete from holdfasts to floats. There were several dead jelly fish, some crab shells and scattered driftwood and rocks. The 2 creeks on the north and south ends of Pacific Shores Subdivision were jammed with large pieces of drift wood. View full report 9
172 Oyster 01/13/2009 Except for surf/wind blown wood drifts, beach is clean. The 4x4x10 cement block seems to have shifted its position south about 10ft., with more sand beneath it. N44.04760û W124.13124û(See 12/23/08 photo for comparison photos) View full report 2
119 dpackard 01/13/2009 Observed 16 people. No dogs. 3 harbor seals sunning on rocks at N. part of mile 119. Only saw seagulls. Ground is saturated with water. High storm tide and streams signs at Simpson beach all the way up to small trail bridge where kelp has lodged. Some bank erosion from high water from creek. This probably occurred after the drenching rains of two weeks ago. Saw a few whales spouting way out past Simpson rocks.Coast Guard was searching for a missing man in the water between Sunset Bay and Cape Arago. Search consisted of a CG helicopter, two patrol boats and a contingent of officers on land.Tree over trail at south part of mile 120 (between Shore Acres road NW point). Will send note to park ranger. New concrete pad poured to replace park bench. View full report 3
109 Foggy 01/13/2009 Beautiful warm day, light (7/3) human/dog use and not much trash in wrack, very high tide at about 1:00 PM has cleaned the beach.Looks like Mike Keiser is working on the new golf course at the top of the bluff immediately south of Whisky Run access road.Headless probably Steller's Sea Lion youngster about 4 ft long, perhaps a week dead, at high tide line, reported to OMMSN. Dozens of gulls and a few cormorants on offshore rocks. Shells and small rocks in driftline. View full report 4
96 D Bilderback 01/13/2009 A few shells, broken sand dollars and razor clams, European Beachgrass stems, and small rocks in driftline. Logs and wood on high beach. Two bags of ocean-based debris removed from high beach. Large cement tank washed up on the beach and reported to OSPRD. Large flock of about 200 Least Sandpipers with a few Dunlin resting among wood and kelp piles on high beach. Caterpillar plowing Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Site for the next nesting season. Wind speed of 6.2-9.4 mph. Air and ocean temperatures of 59 and 49.7 degrees F, respectively. Low human impact (1) walking with 2 dogs. View full report 7
97 D Bilderback 01/13/2009 Very light driftline of small rocks and some wood pieces. 26 Snowy Plovers, flocks of Sanderlings, Dunlins and Least Sandpipers foraging at surfline. Dead birds included one dead Western Grebe and one Brown Pelican. Beach slope of 5 degrees. Little beach debris. Tractor moving slowly down beach and removing sand from the Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration Site. A large piece of a dock washed up on beach. Wind of 6.2-9.4 mph. Air and ocean temperatures of 59 and 49.7 degrees F, respectively. Low human impact (1) walking with two small dogs. View full report 13
94 H Witschi 01/12/2009 No human activities, except for a few old footprints along New River, no noteable wildlife, no noticeable physical changes to shoreline - looks as it always did for the last few years. Kelp/algae and wood pieces in driftline. Quite a few big heaps of old kelp high on beach. New River very shallow, in most places not more than one foot deep, and in other places very narrow and ankle-deep. View full report 0
20 D Bilderback 01/12/2009 We were incredibly surprised to see an extraordinary amount of forest duff (leaves, needles and moss) piled up to a height of 10 to 12 feet on the beach from the headland south to about the middle of Mile 20. We later learned that Curry County experienced very heavy rainfall on December 27 and 28th, 2008 with a record 16 inches in a 48 hour period. Also, there was heavy flooding of the rivers in the area south of Crook Point. We hypothesize that the duff was washed from the forests and sides of the banks of the rivers and was collected by the south-facing beach of Crook Point. The extreme high tides of the year also occurred during this time, making this an exceptional collection point. Sand removed from south beach exposing cobbles and small rocks. Beach slope of 5 degrees. Two large landslides and three smaller slumps of the headland. Run-off from the headland eroded away beach sand. Wood and branches on high beach behind duff. Small amount of algae mixed into the duff. One large live Cryptochiton (Gumboot Chiton) returned to sea. Five noisy Black Oystercathers flying around. 25 Harbor Seals hauled out on their favorite rock. River otter and deer tracks on beach. California Sea Lions heard barking on off-shore rocks. Wind speed of 1.8 mph. Air and ocean temperatures were 62 and 52.5 degrees F, respectively. Low human impact (5)- walking. View full report 22
214 rasmussenschramm 01/12/2009 The morning was sunny, and the beach was relatively clean but for numerous beverage lids in one area. The sand has drifted towards the shore and built up towards the vegetation line. View full report 0
157 bzenderson 01/11/2009 We went on the day with the highest tide of the year (10.4). Got to the beach early, fortunately; high tide was at 11:45, and we were already running out of beach by 9:45. Weather was very mild, so expect much less impact from this high tide than if it had hit coincident with a big storm. Accompanied by Melissa Hart. Saw no other people. Thank you, Melissa, for IDing the northern harrier.Very large volume of driftwood on beach, from twigs to whole trees and stumps in the surf line. Fair amount of ocean drift, including a startling number of intact lightbulbs, some small but most very large. Among them: one long, thin fluorescent tube; a large (5" D) halogen bulb; four large (5" D) dark red lightbulbs in scattered locations; and one large (6" D) clear bulb, nearly round (it really looked like a fishing float at first). It's not unusual to find one lightbulb, but this must have been a shipment lost at sea. Some were colonized by pink coraline algae, so had been floating for a while. View full report 2
275 drewpe 01/10/2009

The only unusual thing was the evidence of recent erosion and evidence of surf making it over the bluff onto the campgrounds roads.

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256 Lady S 01/10/2009 Enormous amount of log limbs and sticks. Indications a lot of it had been washed down via streams or just off the hillsides then all along the beach. View full report 0
32 JerryT 01/09/2009 Maintenance by State - The Parking Area & theRoad into it have been graded & graveled sinceLast Report. Also, run off Dirches / Berms have been opened up & regraded. View full report 0
180 Bill&Janie 01/09/2009 Light activity/impact. Fairly usual new erosion (rock, sand, trees). 3 bags of plastic and bottles removed. How long did it take gooseneck barnacles to grow to 2 in. on a float? Rootlike mass of white fibrous tissue with meshlike brown cover (photo); any ideas? View full report 4
161 dpavlis 01/08/2009 Today the beach was windy and rainy, but beautiful with scattered sun breaks and big bold clouds from white to black. There were only 7 people on the beach (none stayed long, except one). I can't believe we didn't see any dead birds. There wasn't too much trash, either (we picked up as much as we could). There was a tire on the beach...we moved it up beyond the high tide line and will notify the Forest Service for pickup. No physical changes except sand has piled higher at the entrance and almost buried the Snowy Plover sign (will notify USFS). View full report 1
178 Brien M 01/05/2009 The beach was not as congested with sea lions as it has been in the past,so I had a little more beach to myself. There were about 40 or 50 of them on the rocks on the South end,so I had to stay away from them.Sadly,there has been a lot of real estate sliding off the bluff after the recent rain/wind storms. If it keeps up,and it will, Hwy. 101 could be threatened.In the past week, I've found two large red light bulbs wash up on the beach, one here,and the other on Baker Beach. Another CoastWatcher also reported one. I wonder what the story is behind these things. They both look to be in top shape. I'm gonna try to plug them in and see if they work! View full report 5
10 Christine 01/04/2009 I'm reporting on Mile 10 until an adopter can be found. The road to Lone Ranch Beach has been re-constructed and has been open for several weeks. Lots of small to medium sized driftwood and dead seagrasses washed ashore by storms lately. Not so much natural trash as last quarter report perhaps because there have been more storms to sweep it back into the sea. I saw the usual resident ravens and gulls 10-15 or so of each. Two people walking dogs. Natural rain, wind erosion of the sandy/rocky out crop access to the south side of the beach. I saw several seals resting on a large rock. With no binocs, I couldn't count how many, perhaps 10-15. Harbor Seals, I believe. They looked and are colored like piles of large driftwood until I noticed an occasional flipper, tail, head or rolling body and I realized they were on the wrong side of the large rock to be wood pieces. View full report 0
198 bahngarten 01/04/2009 Huge amounts of wood debris from river flooding, primarily. One dead Cormorant and two unidentifiable dead birds. Hauled off 50 lbs of garbage. View full report 0
220 CoastalKaren 01/04/2009 View full report 1
37 iggydog 01/03/2009 Quiet day on the beach - Euchre creek very wide at the mouth. View full report 0
33 B Edgar 01/03/2009 Some small landslides after over 10" of rainOcean is very muddy from the outflow of silt from the Rouge River. Huge amount of new driftwood from the flooding. View full report 0
292 [email protected] 01/03/2009 First sunny day in a while. Nice kite flying weather. 9 people and 5 dogs on the beach. A few people sorting through the exposed stones. Lots of seaweed and kelp at the driftline. Lots of new timber. View full report 3
127 tsunchoi 01/03/2009 Kelp, algae, shells, small rocks, wood pieces, land- and ocean-based debris, Styrofoam, and truck tire in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in the driftline. One dead bird. Ocean undercutting the foredune. New plantings of European beach grass at former staging area for removal of the New Carissa. Low human impact (4)-driving in two ORVs and one vehicle within an allowed area. View full report 0
131 thunderhead 01/03/2009 This visit was made shortly after a big storm.I expected to find more storm evidence on the beach but did not. I guess it all was washed away or just not captured on this beach.However, the shoreline in general was very steep,in fact the main access to the beach from the Horsfall parking lot was closed as it was a sheer drop-off. Access was provided from another trail further to the north or south of the parking lot. Shells, kelp/algae, wood pieces, ocean-based debris (many plastic bottles) and Styrofoam in driftline. Moderate human impact (10)- walking. Three dogs. Evidence of driftwood removal observed. View full report 0
245 TerryH 01/03/2009 Dramatic effects of recent heavy rain, including a landslide (pic attached). Contacted property owner regarding landslide. Also, very decayed sea lion (pic attached) View full report 2
173 cheshire 01/03/2009 Observer approached mile 173 from the south, crossing Sutton Creek and moving north before doubling back. Though close to low tide, the creek volume was quite high today. The mouth of creek has shifted yet again, moving from its observed location less than a month ago to a spot farther north. One human beachcomber was noted on the beach. He had one canine companion and had come from the Baker Beach Road access point. The level of crab-boat garbage observed in December was not apparent on this visit. Two floats were found, but garbage on mile 173 was minimal today. A number of large jellyfish (approx. 14 inches in diameter) were observed at the high surf line. These jellies were clear with 4 purple orifices each. The section of concrete dock noted earlier is still located to the south of Sutton Creek, on mile 172. View full report 0
217 firstrobin 01/03/2009 It was a beautiful, sunny, still, winter day. People were enjoying the beach mostly by walking along it. There was quite a bit of wood on the beach (lumber, stumps, logs, little pieces), and other organic material such as shells and algae, including large kelp mounds, was also visible. When I first tried to get onto the beach from the Agate Beach Wayside, I was surprised that the side of the stream toward the ocean was a cliff about 4 or 5 feet high, so that I had to go along it a little way before I could cross. There was water standing on the beach, left there by the receding tide, and water also appeared to be running across the beach from the land in unexpected places. Note: This report covers a little bit of extra territory; it runs from Agate Beach Wayside to Nye Beach Turnaround. View full report 0
97 beachnut 01/03/2009 Forget quiet and fresh air on this part of the coast: the bulldozer is churning down the beach a mile and a half (very slowly, very loudly, belching obnoxious diesel fumes) to the snowy plover restoration area. I can only hope those plovers huddled in the dozer's tracks from yesterday managed to vacate safely. It's too bad the operator can't leave the thing at his destination, rather than tear up the beach coming and going. That's an Oregon State Parks call, I guess.Otherwise, nothing notable to report -- apart from the continued presence offshore of fishing pelicans. It's hard to count them because they're beyond the breakers, but I'd guess there were at least 20 out today during my walk. Animal casings, small rocks, and Styrofoam in driftline. Snowy Plovers, Sanderlings and gulls foraging on wet sand. Low human impact (1) walking with one dog. View full report 0
292 [email protected] 01/02/2009 Bull Whip kelp on the beach. Lots of exposed shells and stones at the beach. New timber washed up here and there. A lonely looking pelican standing watch over a dead pelican. View full report 2
207 dianemaloney 01/02/2009 There was an unusually high amount of people (20 to 30) probably due to the rain storm on the 31st and 1st. They all appeared to be rock hunting. There were 13 vehicles in the parking lot.We counted about 20 to 30 surf scoters in the surf. one gull had a sea star halfway down its throat and appeared to behaving trouble getting the rest of it down. It tried to fly but could only get a few feet off the ground.The driftline had bits of plastic, wood and small rocks in it. there was a hypodermic needle, a tire with wheel still attached and an orange fisherman's float View full report 0
132 Larry Plews 01/02/2009 Beach looks typical for winter, some of the summer sand build up has been removed and a couple of ship wrecks are becoming more exposed. These genearlly bring visitors, as one nice one is just over the foredune from the parking lot at Horsfall Beach, and an old wooden ship is down the beach to the South on mile 131. Visitors need to be careful as the breakers are large and powerful. This is a great beach to study near-shore ocean currents and wave action. Rip currents are easy to see from the top of the foredune as is the along shore current. As a side note the Contractor is gathering rocks and equipment to repair the North Jetty of Coos Bay. This repair is running behind schedule due to lack of suitable large rocks in the Coos County area. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, wood pieces, ocean-based debris, Styrofoam, crab pot floats and ropes in the driftline. A few gulls and lots of logs on the beach. Moderate human impact (8) driving 3 cars/trucks and 2 ATV/OHVs within an allowed area. View full report 0
338 Randy and Beth 01/02/2009 This walk started out with sleet, then blue sky and cumulus clouds emerged. A very cold, brisk walk. The beach was clean except for 3-4 pieces of plastic. Birds alerted us to a dead sea lion and a dead cormorant in two different places on the beach. The sea lion was about 6 feet long and must have died fairly recently as there was no smell. Reported to Fish and Wildlife. View full report 0
175 Caples 01/02/2009 View full report 0
24 Muriah 01/01/2009 The beach trekkers have been amazingly appreciative and respectful. It would be good to do something to help prevent the blow-off from the parkinglot to the beach, if only a sign for starters.I have prepared a Power Point Presentation of CoastWatch Mile 24, entitled "Cape Cove Rocks!"I occasionally add to the images of the rocks and seastacks and lighting features of the laymans version. Eventually I intended to get together with a geologists for the technical upgrade. View full report 3
172 RPurscelley 12/31/2008 Lots of driftwood from recent storms. Nothing significant or unusual. Gorgeous day. View full report 0
307 Bald Eagle 12/31/2008 There is nothing unusual to report about mile 307. I saw one bald eagle and 10 pelicans on 12-31-08. View full report 0
146 cmoore 12/31/2008 Very quiet today, cloudy and starting to rain. Only two other people and a dog on the beach. A lot of wood debris mixed with seaweed in the driftline, and huge logs strewn all along the beach. One was over 100' long. I assume the logs and wood were washed down the river with the heavy rainfall and snowmelt. The ocean was brown with silt at least a mile out. We saw a 12-15" moon jellyfish (dead but whole). Joe found a small glass float. Lots of very long bull kelp. Undulating sand from the wave action. Two dead birds (common murres?). We picked up half a bag of trash, left behind an inflatable bed and huge piece of styrofoam (too heavy.) View full report 0
199 seagazer 12/31/2008 What we noticed was a small number of both humans and groups of birds who were mostly overflying the beach with few landing. We saw one group (40) of what looked like sanderlings (guess) running the beach as the waves retreated. Mixed within the wood debris were a few shells, small stones a brown jellyfish and some kelp pieces. There continues to be beach erosion which started in earnest last December (07) that is exposing previously unseen rip-rap and some boulders have fallen. View full report 6
104 beachnut 12/31/2008 Only one other person was out of my mile today, though it was a pleasant beach-walking time. Unfortunately it was also attractive for atv operators, one of which I encountered in the flesh. He was not fazed by my telling him atvs are not allowed on this stretch and continued onward. So I notified Bullard's Beach State Park staff, which planned to take action. Other atv tracks were visible north of Bullards.Some bird activity: a few gulls, several Sanderlings, a half-dozen gulls offshore.Logs are either being uncovered or are coming onto shore now. Bull kelp and logs are notable in the dune grasses at several points, indicating wave overtopping. Erosion of the foredune. Shells, small rocks, wood pieces, land-and ocean-based debris in driftline. Low human impact (2)-one walking with a dog and one driving an ATV on a restricted beach. View full report 0
216 Diane H 12/30/2008 Beach clear of driftwood and any tide residue; large kelp wad; bluffs appear sharper View full report 0
118 D Bone 12/30/2008 A total of 25 people were observed.17 were at the Simpson Reef Overlook watching the marine mammals below and looking for whales. Two of the 7 hikers had 2 dogs on leashes. One of the hikers was collecting moss,which is his hobby. Construction to replace the bench destroyed by vandals has begun. Writing was on the other bench on this mile,which included names(see body of report).Most of this mile has no beach,so there is little shore. There is, however, a great many rocks that are a part of Simpson Reef. I observed over 100 Harbor Seals on the Shell Island beach. There were only a couple of hundred CA Sea Lions and only a few Stellar Sea Lions.This is the birthing and mating time for the Nothern Elephant Seal-3 females and 1 male. 15 CA Gray Whales were observed during today's Whale Watch. Brown Pelicans are still present in large numbers. ODFW says it is due to a large successful hatch the last 2 years and a large herring run. I also observed 1 Great Blue Heron,cormorants,and gulls.Considering the amount of rain recently,the trail was in great shape with only a few muddy spots and puddles. Some erosion is taking place on the bluffs. The seasonal streams and waterfalls are running. View full report 0
199 speelyei 12/30/2008 Due to constraints, I had to do my mile at almost high tide. I saw 5 people including two small children, 2 dogs, and a lot of accumulated flotsam and jetsam. Some domestic plastic and glass bottles, many with Japanese manufacturers names on them. I found two dead birds and an unidentifiable carcass at the very start of my mile. Compared to the usual windswept appearance of this stretch of beach, there was a lot to look at. 2 weeks ago there were a lot of jellies washed up, evenly spaced at 1 every 3 or 4 feet in the tide line. Today, I only saw one jelly, very few crab shells, and lots and lots of kelp. The high tides and rough weather has knocked down a set of stairs, and has caused some predictable erosion along the mile, but nothing remarkable. View full report 3
300 [email protected] 12/30/2008 Dead birds: Northern Fulmar, Sheerwater, Rhinoceros Auklet. 23 people, 4 playing in creek. View full report 0
232 Diane H 12/30/2008 This was a first report on observation of this mile. Noting wildlife in seaweed and sea lions; noting for this first report the extent of hotels along the shoreline and the general rocky character of the entire stretch. View full report 0
99 Doug C 12/30/2008 Had a break in the storms and caught a great morning. Calm, sunny and in the low 50's. Plant material (wood pieces, small branches), Bull Kelp and seaweed littered the beach due to the storms. Also found a lot of plastic bottles, fishing floats and debris, and styrofoam particles. One dead Northern Fulmar and one dead Common Murre were found. A California Seal Lion carcass on this mile was previously reported. Human activity was light, 8 adults and 4 dogs walking. Considerable erosion of vegetated foredunes due to higher river water levels. We had not seen Pelagic Gooseneck Barnacles before - very interesting. A driftwood shelter was reported to the Oregon Parks Department. View full report 3
152 cmoore 12/30/2008 Very high tide and wave action and not much beach, so we were a bit uneasy, looking at the bluffs in case we needed to scamper up them. lots of white foam. the river is flowing again and the lean-tos are gone although there is still a tremendous amount of driftwood in the river and alongside. a lovely day. we collected two full bags of trash, mostly we assume, from atvs. four pelicans and two flocks of sanderlings, lots of jellyfish blobs and clamshells. View full report 1
97 beachnut 12/30/2008 I was sad to see a newly dead pelican in the high tide line today; no scavengers had hit it either on my walk south or north. There had been about 3 dozen flying along the beach yesterday, mostly in groups, but one or two were flying solo.No one else was out on my mile today. It is getting harder to cross China Creek, which is flowing deep and with strong currents--even at low tide.It was amazing to find two concrete structures, which I suppose had been dock supports of some sort, on the beach. One was on mile 97 and the other visible down mile 96. Size is a guess: 6 feet by 10 feet. Imagine the force to uproot these AND move them to their current locations.Lots of trash in the high line: mostly plastic bottles (many with oriental markings), plus two plastic Japanese floats, and scatterings of small pieces of styrofoam. Shells, kelp, small rocks and wood pieces in drifline. Wave overtopping and erosion of foredune. View full report 0
214 MAshley 12/30/2008 Tide was way out. It was a beautiful day. Noticeable winter beach retreat. View full report 0
283 Bluebrau 12/29/2008 It was a very chilly and windy day on the coast, but there were still people out and about... we saw very few animals, but no physical changes. The main concern we had was litter. At one access point of the mile, there is no trashcan, and we saw lots of litter (and of course picked it up) but since we're only there four times a year, that's a lot of time for litter to accumulate. View full report 0
214 MAshley 12/29/2008 Moderate numbers of visitors, mostly walking dogs. View full report 0
98 beachnut 12/29/2008 Numerous pelicans were flying over the land near the beaches in this area, south past the Christian Camp trailhead. They were high and coasting.Otherwise, there was considerable wave overtopping from China Creek north to the rocky area just before Devil's Kitchen. Both streams were flowing deep and fast. Kelp/algae, ocean-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. Two decomposed dead birds. Low human impact (0). View full report 0
226 gsmeyer 12/28/2008 As has been the case previously, there is essentially no human or wildlife activity and physical changes are very minimal. View full report 0
16 Christine 12/27/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint North. A very rainy, stormy day. Saw no downed trees or other problems along the trail or in the tiny rocky coves far below. Only one orange and white float seen in one protected cove driftline area. No human activity. Only the cormorant and seagull on the rock in the Miner Creek cove area. No physical changes man-made or natural noticed. View full report 0
213 vickiosis 12/26/2008 Evidence of the extreme high tides that typically happen this time of year. Woody debris up to the edge of the beach and extending 4 feet up on to the trail to the beach. View full report 0
31 Joseph 12/26/2008 Typical winter scene, human debris continues one year trend of being minimal. View full report 0
109 Foggy 12/25/2008 Initially there was a layer of light sea foam over much of the beach; most had disintegrated within an hour. Very light (5) human use on a day with rotten weather but mesmerizing lighting conditions. Just a couple dozen stalwart gulls waiting for the incoming storm, plus four Black Turnstones. View full report 4
172 Oyster 12/23/2008 Clean beach, excepting 30 plastic strapping tapes (seems like boxes were opened out at sea) and about 12 sandwich-size wax papers & plastic bags. Re report by 173, Sutton Creek meandered back north,(see photos 11/28 & 12/23);and, the cement block (2 photos attached 12/23) moved south about 1/8 miles, south of Sutton Creek mouth, high up at fore dune level. Lots of tree size drifts blown in with previous storms. Very light breeze and sunny today.

On 12/30/08 oldMGguy contributed this: That large concrete float looks like one of the floating marina dock floats at that abandoned marina west of the Siuslaw River Bridge. Several sections of the dock structure have either sunk, broken up, or are missing. View full report
101 Doug C 12/23/2008 The day was cloudy, 45-50 degrees, with a slight breeze from the south. Moderate human impact, 17 people (12 walking, 3 playing in the sand, 2 tidepooling) and 4 dogs. One set of light truck vehicle tracks were observed from near Coquille Point to south of Face Rock. Driftline content was normal (shells, small rocks, ocean-borne plastics). Piles of Bull Kelp were high on the beach due to recent storms. Only birds observed were Western Gulls. One dead immature Western Gull. One dead Harbor Seal, 48 inches without skull. Even though it was low tide (0.0 ft), Purple Ochre Sea Stars could only be seen on rocks that were still far from the surf line. Housing development on the bluff continues with more exposed drainage pipes. Bluff erosion observed, but most probably not recent. View full report 5
141 oldMGguy 12/23/2008 This mile is typical of the Oregon Dunes beaches - grassed foredune, vegetated deflation plain, and large parabolic dunes inland. A classic large "tree island" with mature spruce, pine, and rhodies sits inland off Mile 141. The foredune structure here is much lower than the foredunes at Miles 166 to 174 (Florence area).Other than US Forest Service signage, ship-based debris and crab pot floats, there was no sign of human use on this beach today. Two solitary Snowy Plovers were feeding in the surf line, along with several small flocks of Sanderlings. Brown Pelicans are still migrating southbound. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, wood pieces, and ocean-based debris in driftline. The beach was heavily littered with Sea Nettle jellies. Low human impact(1)-walking. View full report 5
123 Sarita 12/23/2008 A cool, but relatively calm day with a small number of people (10) and dogs (5) enjoying beach.There was a KEZI 9 Eugene newscaster's SUV on beach in violation of posted rule. The destruction of the foredune continues despite posted signs saying no driving on beach.Gulls, Canada Geese and a few pelicans were the only birds observed. Saw jellies for first time this winter, also huge bullwhip kelp in high concentrations, some with red algae growing along nearly their full length. There was also surf grass, eel grass and a few sea palms. Shells, wood pieces and land- and ocean-based debris in the driftline. Tide was out, and surf was quite high. View full report 0
313 TomandGretel 12/22/2008 there seems to be a considerable amount of erosion due to the high surf this winter.the debris is normal for this time of year, actually less signs of picnics etc.It would take very hardy souls to linger too long in the recent cold temps.snow on the beach is beautiful though. View full report 2
133 JBWEGNER 12/22/2008 Kelp/algae, wood pieces, plastic pellets, ocean-based debris and Styrofoam in driftline. Appears to have more drift wood on the beach area than was seen last winter ... perhaps the tides will change the look before the next visit. Low human impact (1)-driving on allowed beach. View full report 0
309 cadonofrio 12/21/2008 no activity - report done on day that hwy 26 to the coast was closed; ice and snow in our area for the past week. View full report 0
238 Gertie C 12/21/2008 Rainy afternoon. Not much activity -- just me, and one other person picking up trash. View full report 0
178 Brien M 12/21/2008 For the past three months I have not been able to observe my entire beach because there have been from one to two hundred sea lions hanging out on the South end of Cape Cove. As everyone knows, it is not advisable (or legal) to disturb these mammals. It was really nasty weather today and I thought I would try my beach again, thinking that the sea lions would be seeking shelter inside of Sea Lion Caves to the immediate South, and I could have the entire beach to myself. Well I was wrong, there were about a hundred of them there today. Fortunately they were all crowded on the South end as usual, but the trailhead is on the North end. I went down to the beach and just kept my distance. Lots of sand had gotten scoured off the beach so far this season. This has made for some good agate hunting. Agates, light in color, are easy to spot when they are laying on top of a substrate of black "coble" rock. This beach has consistently been an excellent producer of trophy-sized agates.Commercial crabbing season started about three weeks ago and evidence is washing up on the beach. Three commercial crab pots have washed in and gotten destroyed on the rocks. I found a couple crab pot bouys with the new ODFW tags on them that identify the boat, and the crab season (08-09). I also found an 8" plastic Japanese float ball.I've asked Santa for a digital camera for Christmas so maybe I'll be able to upload photos for my next report. Happy Holidays everyone! View full report 0
210 Charlie 12/20/2008 Nice rainy day on the beach. Ebags (ironic name) were the only unusual items found. The bags are bright orange and ended up turning into nice beach cleanup bags. Dead octopus...likely suckered into its demise in a crab pot. View full report 2
121 LouiseW 12/20/2008 It is always a pleasure to visit this beach. From just south of the first headland heading north there were sheets of volcanic rock and bolders with only pockets of sand. There was more sea flora on the beach on the south end than I have ever seen. Mixed in this mess were many creatures torn from the rocks, including some chitons. Shells, kelp, wood pieces, plastic pellets and Styrofoam in the driftline. The north end of the beach was pretty much washed clean. One dead Common Murre and a very dense vertebrae column about 2 1/2 feet long on beach. Live birds included gulls, one small shorebird and one wren. View full report 0
173 cheshire 12/20/2008 We forded Sutton Creek before low tide and proceeded from south to north. There were no people or human tracks on our mile north of Sutton Creek. However, we did see animal footprints unaccompanied by a human. These were most likely coyote tracks.Sutton Creek had a much lower flow rate today than during our previous report. The creek has shifted significantly in the last month. As it turns and begins to move toward the ocean, the creek has moved south and is currently touching the riprap. Below, the end of the creek has moved a bit north of where it was on the previous visit. In the area where the creek runs parallel to the beach, significant erosion is occurring in the sandy bluff. Tree roots have been exposed and the trees are red, dry and dying. In the crook of the creek, there is somewhat less driftwood and detritus than on previous visits. A large section of concrete dock that was in this area is no longer here—it is now on the beach to the south, in mile 172. There was a great deal of marine garbage on the beach today, especially from crab boats. We found numerous crab bait containers of various types. We also found many floats from commercial crab pots. Additionally, there was quite a bit of household/kitchen garbage that might have come from a boat—soap containers, beer bottles, liquor bottles, etc. View full report 0
201 VKnox2 12/20/2008 A relatively calm day on the beach with brisk temperatures and light rain. There were harbor seals swimming in the channel, with gulls and pelicans walking in the surf. Very little trash. Sublime. View full report 0