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16 Christine 11/01/2008 This is the section of Mile 16 in Sam Boardman Park I call Spruce Island Viewpoint North that includes Arch Rock Viewpoint. Other than a small area just off Hwy 101 that has no barrier, where somebody habitually creates mud puddles with some sort of off road vehicle, little human behavior can take place here other than trail maintenance. Rainstorms tend to cover everything on the rocky cliffs and the small beach coves far below. Rainstorms sometimes allow me to surprise wildlife (or visa versa) like the little owl I saw today. They also disallow any long range viewing up or down the coast or out over the ocean in the few areas I have any views along the trail. View full report 0
123 Sarita 10/30/2008 The high tide water mark was at base of foredune, and driftline was higher than we've ever seen. The amount of sea weed and kelp was also notable, large piles up and down the beach. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, wood pieces, land-based debris and charcoal from fires in the driftline. Dead birds were one cormorant and three gulls. A small dead deer near creek. Pelicans and gulls flying over ocean and resting on jetty. Many cormorants and crows. Five Surf Scoters and several Western Grebes on water of bay mouth. Vehicle restriction sign missing. Both the dead deer and vehicle restriction sign were reported to Robin Sears. Heavy human impact (28)-19 playing in sand, 1 surfing and 8 playing football. View full report 0
311 tolovana 1 10/28/2008 View full report 0
264 rbourke 10/25/2008 About normal for this time of year. Less dune erosion than in some previous years. View full report 0
186 Joy186 10/25/2008 Lovely day with few birds and little wind. On the southern portion of the mile there was lots of small plastic debris and 3 dead gulls. There was evidence of some very high tides. The sand is returning and Ten Mile creek is again changing course. View full report 0
33 B Edgar 10/24/2008 very little litter on the beachA very nice day View full report 0
187 turnstone 10/24/2008 Crossed the creek and explored Gwynn Knoll a little. Noted a Pelagic Cormorant Colony on the cliff there. Some Cormorants were using the area now.The channel below Bray's Point is all sanded in and easy walking, if one arrives there before low tide. View full report 3
188 FriendofStrawberry 10/23/2008 We only had time for a short stop and I had the chance to tell a new friend (and new Coast Watcher) about the Harbor Seals on the rocks below. We sat on the upper steps for a little protection from the cool north wind and ate our lunch. When out of that big blue ocean, just a short distance from the seal covered rocks was a Gray Whale..... back, blow, fluk and even the slick area on the surface. We watched it for at least 30 min. and it preformed like welcoming a new person to it's home. I took many photos in hopes that I might get just one or two to share with another nature lover that is very ill and not able to make it to this place anymore. The whale continued to do what whales do, so I could share this day with a new friend and one that will not be with us much longer. Thanks for the memories at Strawberry Hill Gray Whale. View full report 3
96 D Bilderback 10/22/2008 Some old knots of Bull Kelp(Nereocystis), a few clumps of Eelgrass(Zostera),a few Sea Palm (Postelsia) and small rocks in the driftline. Eleven Snowy Plover on dry sand. Several flocks of Sanderlings foraging on Rotting Bull Kelp knots. One Dragonfly flying over beach. Large group of 22 Brown Pelicans, numerous Western, Heermann's and Ring-billed Gulls resting on beach. One banded Western Gull. Dead birds included 5 Common Murre, 1 Western Gull and 1 Pelagic Cormorant. Upper beach wind-swept and flat.Sand covered driftlogs. Beach slope of 16 degrees at riptide embayment with slopes of 4-8 degrees elsewhere. Air and ocean temperatures of 58 and 50.4 degrees F, respectively. Wind speed of 11.1 mph from NW. Low human impact(2)- walking with one dog View full report 0
197 [email protected] 10/22/2008 A beautiful day and clean beach -- a walker's delight. A few sandpipers foraging at surf's edge, a pleasure to watch. No debris but small scattered rocks and broken shells. No indication whatsoever of the large heavily-pebbled area and exposed low rock formations visible earlier in the year. I talked with a beach ranger who happened to be on the beach another day and it appears the tracks on this mile were definitely "play time". View full report 0
97 D Bilderback 10/22/2008 A few old decaying Bull Kelp (Nereocystis)knots, clumps of Eelgrass (Zostera), a small number of Sea Palm (Postelsia)and Hymenena, a few shells, a few broken Sand Dollars, small rocks, feathers, and the jelly, Polyorchis in the driftline. 20 Snowy Plover on dry sand. A flock of Sanderlings with a Dunlin. One dead decaying male California Sea Lion that was reported to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network. Beach flat and wind-blown with a slope of 5 degrees. Air and ocean temperatures of 58 and 50.4 degrees F, respectively. Wind speed of 11.1 mph from NW. Low human impact (2) - walking with dog. View full report 4
180 Bill&Janie 10/22/2008 Continued sand and vegetation erosion above shallow bluffs; about 1/3 of beachside bluffs affected. Beach fairly clean; 1 bag of plastic, beer cans, bottles removed. Note sediment layer including ancient forest fire (4000 yrs.?). Wild watercress garden at spring. Nice tidepools. Hobbit Trail well-maintained. One vehicle track proved to be State Park ranger. 4 dead Murres, no bands. View full report 5
269 solarnight9 10/21/2008 This is the first report on 269 and for myself. Thanks to Phillip and Olli on getting me started.A beautiful day here. No clouds or fog present. Wind was out of the north in more of a summertime pattern. Waves were breaking clean at about 4 ft. The beach was pretty clean overall with the only trash of note seeming to be washed onshore from boats. From my experience on other beaches, it was a very end of summer look with lots of sand built up and a bit of dune growth at the southern end of the mile at Rover Creek. The winter storms haven't come to deposit driftwood or take away the sand yet.There were 3 campsites built along the mile just above the beach including 1 treehouse! marking the northern border of 269. I'm sure these are not officially sanctioned sites.Access to this mile is limited. Most access is via the 1.8 mile South Trail In Cape Lookout State Park. There were 3 surfers and a dog today as well as several day hikers that we passed to and from. Recent ATV tracks are evident and is not allowed on 269.Lots of pelicans could be seen, especially at the southern end of the mile at the mouth of Rover Creek mixed in with the gulls. I'd say numbering close to 2 dozen. 2 dead pelicans were found, one very fresh.Though there's been no recent erosion, there were several areas from last winter to watch more closely as time goes by. One major slide on the north end of the mile is notable. The included pic shows clearly the chunk of Cape Lookout that fell to the ocean and took a lot of trees and vegetation with it. Note the light area of fresh exposed rock up high in the photo. View full report 2
100 JohnnyCN 10/21/2008 The hard wind and blowing sand seemed to have swept the beach clean of humans, birds, even high-tide detritus. In 38 years of walking the beach, I have never had so much sand blow into my face and mouth. Only 5 other people besides myself on the beach, only one flock of 40 Western sandpipers and 2 gulls for wildlife, and only small stones and old piles of kelp at the high-tide line. A new sand dune had formed just in front of the small cave in the bluff that, high above, houses the Face Rock parking area. View full report 0
182 Jackie 10/21/2008 The sea and winds were calm. Though the sand is evenly distributed, rocks are protruding through the sand and several agates were found. Due to the lack of people, the beach and surrounding areas were pristine. View full report 1
194 wallytina 10/19/2008 Will try and send a photo next was a beautiful day with a nice group of people enjoying our coast trails and beaches.Everything was awesome.!!! View full report 0
199 speelyei 10/19/2008 This morning was calm, clear, and clean, with very little beach activity of any kind. The beach was clean. I saw 3 dungeness crab shells, 40 Western Gulls, a single piece of bull kelp, and a very light accumulation of shells, small rocks, rounded bits of wood, a single Ochre sea star (deceased), many pacific mole crab carcasses, a light but continuous collection of sea lettuce, and some broken sand dollars, all marking the high tide line. View full report 0
295 martyandchuck 10/19/2008 Beautiful day. Many areas where beach grasses have been 'mowed'. Not sure if this is appropriate or not; will try to find out. After seeing 2 dead Humboldt squid on our mile, we heard that this has been considerable especially in Astoria. View full report 0
217 firstrobin 10/18/2008 There were people at and near Agate Beach Wayside and people at or near Nye Beach Turnaround, but the center part of my mile was empty of people. The water was fairly low, but there was evidence that it had been quite high on the beach; in some places, it was wet up to the bluffs. I saw children playing in the fresh water at Nye Beach, which always concerns me. There was little wildlife. It was overcast and cool, but it was beautiful, with only light wind. There was mostly organic material in the wrack line--animal casings, seaweed, wood, shell fragments. The small dunes at the Agate Beach Wayside end are still present. Note: This report covers a little more than a mile: it runs from Agate Beach Wayside to Nye Beach Turnaround. View full report 0
131 thunderhead 10/18/2008 This Coast Watch orientation hike was unusual in the discovery of a Bullseye Puffer fish, normally found in warmer waters, and an ailing California sea lion. The wreck of the Sajameco, a 324 foot Steel Steamer (3542 tons)built in 1920 was partly visible just at the Horsfall Beach access point. It wrecked in 1929. The bow and side walls were visible above the sand. Winter sand erosion and movement uncovered the wreck. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces and Styrofoam in the driftline. Western Gulls and Brown Pelican flying over beach and surf. Moderate human impact (8)-walking. Two dogs. Three ATV within allowed area. View full report 6
52 [email protected] 10/17/2008 The beach was clean and lovely. Very quiet day. There were two dead murres and one dead Harbor Seal.This beach still attracts illegal ATV use. One dune buggy problem occurred this summer. State police were called for an ATV incident and the dune buggy incident. The ATV user was taken to court and fined. The dune buggy user was warned at his home by the State Police officer. View full report 0
326 Liza Gadsby 10/17/2008 California sea lions in large numbers off shore. View full report 0
233 [email protected] 10/15/2008 Very quiet day. No cars at Boiler Bay trailhead. Only one car in North Forgarty Creek Park parking lot and one car in the South Fogarty Creek parking lot. Very little drift, other than kelp, on Fogarty Creek beach. View full report 0
313 TomandGretel 10/14/2008 a nice sunny day, with people enjoying their walk. Most dogs well behaved, whether on or off leash. Only one exception, and we suggested to owners that he needed to be on a leash. They didn't carry one. Also, suggested to 2 owners that it might be nice if they picked up after their dogs. One had a bag, the other one didn't . So owner 1 shared his stash. A big change from being by Haystack Rock during the summer. Its nice when people are thinning out. sorry this report is late. Will do better next quarter. View full report 0
106 Doug C 10/13/2008 Beautiful day, 10 mph northerly winds and sunshine. There were numerous piles of Bull Kelp, probably from the early October storms. Sanderlings, Dunlins, Black Turnstones and Short-billed Dowitchers virtially eliminated the insect populations near the piles. A driftwood structure was enhanced. Found and reported evidence of recent fires in the driftwood pile and collected about 10 pounds of trash. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, ocean-based debris, float and rope in driftlines. Low human impact (4)-2 walking. Two vehicles on allowed beach. View full report 2
105 Doug C 10/13/2008 Beautiful day, 10 mph northerly winds and sunshine. There were numerous piles of Bull Kelp more dense than Mile 106, probably from the early October storms. Sanderlings, Dunlins, Black Turnstones and Short-billed Dowitchers virtually eliminated the insect populations near the kelp piles. A driftwood structure was enhanced. Collected about 10 pounds of trash. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, Styrofoam and land-based debris in driftline. One dead Common Murre. Shorebirds moving in response to humans. Low human impact (4)-2 walking and 2 rockhunting. Two vehicles on allowed beach. View full report 3
182 Bill&Janie 10/13/2008 Beach pretty clean; only 1 sack of trash removed. 4 ancient large stumps are exposed at low tide. 3 dead Murres on beach. Two 50' sections eroded bench. View full report 5
141 KerrieP 10/12/2008 More large kelp piles than usual. Less ocean trash than usual. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. Three dead Common Murres and one dead Surf Scoter. Low human impact (2) walking. ATV tracks on closed beach. View full report 0
109 Foggy 10/11/2008 Lots of people (20-2 walking, 8 rockhunting, 2 windsurfing, 2 riding horses and 2 panning for gold), dogs (4), and vehicles (8) on this sunny Saturday afternoon. Very clean beach; almost no trash of any kind. Lots of sand has built up over the summer, as usual. Small streams of runoff from cliff and the golf course at the top of the bluff were crystal-clear, and streambeds were clean. Innumerable piles of kelp -- probably normal for Fall. Shells, kelp/algae (Postelsia, Egregia and others), Eelgrass (Zostera), small rocks and many feathers in the driftline. Seven Semipalmated Plovers and gulls on beach. Cormorants on offshore rocks. Rockweed isopod observed on beach. View full report 6
155 [email protected] 10/11/2008 Led hike out Tahkenitch Dunes trail to beach then south along S end of mile 154 and all of mile 155 with 15 people for South Coast Striders hiking group. Short earred owl was a treat to see along with carcass of Dosidicus gigas (Humboldt Squid). We hiked out on Threemile Lake trail. Beautiful day. We talked a little about the proposed marine protected area and marine reserve between Siltcoos estuary and Tahkenitch estuary. Beach was relatively clean. Popular recreational destination for hikers and overnight backpackers. View full report 4
140 10mile2 10/11/2008 Recent storm had deposited numerous dead seabirds, crab and razor clam shells, and plastic and styrofoam debris (including fishing boat floats) and also brought in a significant amount of 'bullwhip' kelp.Somewhat disturbing to see an ATV (supposedly having a permit to be in a restricted, isolated area) with tracks running all the way down to the mouth of Ten Mile Creek. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, ocean-based debris nd Styrofoam in driftline. Low human impact (2) on walking and one elderly person on an ATV in restricted area. View full report 0
219 cindyashy 10/11/2008 Pelicans, pelicans, and more pelicans!!! Record numbers of pelicans in fact -- so this report is going to be pelican centric :-) I'm estimating there were 3600 Brown Pelicans roosting on the rocks associated with Yaquina Head and there were areas that could not be seen of course like the west side of Colony Rock (it would be fun to do an aerial survey), although I was able to count around 760 on that one rock alone. I did climb to the top of Salal Hill and could see into Hidden Cove and also a rock island on the north side of the headland that you can't see from the walkways/observation platforms. I also drove to areas both north and south to get looks in places I couldn't see from the park itself. Even Quarry Cove was full of pelicans. I've always had a special affinity for pelicans. My Grandma still teases me about all the rolls of film (before the days of digital cameras) I've (in her words) "wasted" on taking pics of pelicans. Seeing one of my favorite places on earth innudated with one of my favorite critters was a truly special experience.So, WHY is there an exceptionally high number of pelicans hanging out now? Given the plunge diving feeding frenzies I've recently observed in nearby Yaquina Bay and what the fishermen and others are telling me about this being an exceptionally good year for bait fish, I'm guessing the reason is an exceptionally abundant supply of their favorite food around.On the north end of Agate Beach (which I think is actually included in my mile) there were about 55 people (I didn't include these in the people count), mostly surfers...looked like maybe a surfing class. They had mostly cleared out when I arrived at Agate Beach (12:30ish) and I noticed the pelicans were starting to congregate on that beach (north end)...maybe 200 but they were still steadily coming in when I left.I love watching the behavior of pelicans and today I observed a couple of things I've never seen before. On the south and north sides of the headland, only a handful of pelicans were beginning to show the red patch that they develop for mating season but on Colony Rock, many more were showing this, a few quite far pair in fact matched the intensity of coloration and pattern of birds in full breeding plumage in the Sibley Guide....and they were MUTUALLY preening!!! This is something I would not have expected to see as I associate it with courtship and pelicans do NOT breed in Oregon so this was really something that surprised me. The other thing I saw was one pelican with a "yawn" gape allowing another pelican to "peck" inside its mouth and for quite a while and intensely so. It was obviously not aggressive behavior in any way as both pelicans seemed to be completely willing participants.Other stuff today....Heermann's Gulls (the gulls with the bright red beaks) are known to associate with pelicans but today was the first time I ever recall seeing a Heermann's Gull at Yaquina Head. Heerman's Gull is on list of possible species but it is definitely not a common sight as I'm there all the time (or at least I used to be).An immature (2nd year I think) Bald Eagle flew in from the east and flew parallel to the south side and then around the headland and circled around a bit and then ended up perched in the trees on the northwest end. Many of the pelicans left the rocks when this happened as did the usual feisty battallion of gutsy gulls who team tagged the eagle. I think pelicans are too big for eagles to eat so not sure why they were so upset but it was chaos for a while. During nesting season, it is common to see eagles make a pass over the nesting murres, then go sit in the tree a while and then go back and nab what DIDN'T leave the rock...pretty smart. Today, however, most of the pelicans were back on the rocks within 5 minutes so the eagle was basically out of luck :-)Finding Membranipora, a colonial invertebrate I'm always on the hunt for, was an exciting find for me personally...see species notes.Very nice day overall. View full report 0
165 Treehugger1 10/08/2008 Calm, sunny conditions with low traffic of ATVs compared with last observation during summer. Fewer shorebirds noted this time and less debris and dead marine life washed up. View full report 0
205 esconopeles 10/06/2008 As stated above, there has been little remarkable activity along mile 205. We generally see between 6 and 15 people on each visit. There are almost always dogs present. This is a sandy, relatively well protected stretch of beach, and is apparently sufficiently isolated that the opportunistic beach-trashers have ignored it. We do see seasonal changes in the amount and kind of plastic washed up on the beach. None of this seems to be locally generated. View full report 0
198 bahngarten 10/05/2008 5 bird carcasses: 1 banded common murre (reported to USFG (Roy Lowe)(3 unmarked orange bands L. leg), 2 Western Grebes,1 sooty shearwater(identified with COASST manual), 1 common murre(unbanded). 2 Western grebes stranded in sand, (plumage very wet from high seas?)- removed to calm creek waters nearby. Heerman and ring billed gulls in Western Gull flock. View full report 0
16 Christine 10/04/2008 This is the section of mile 16 I call Thunder Rock Cove Viewpoint South. It was a chilly drizzly day between rainstorms, so only two cars with two couples stopped briefly at Natural Bridges viewpoint to take pictures. The ones from Michigan were very impressed with the beauty even though we couldn't see too far beyond the closest rocks. Other than that very little observed. View full report 0
20 D Bilderback 10/02/2008 Kelp/algae (see list in General Comment), wood, Eelgrass (Zostera), Sea Grass (Phyllospadix), a few Spot-bellied Crab (Cancer antennarius) carapaces and Leather Bryozoan (Flestrellia spinifera) found in the driftline. Live birds included one Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Pileated Woodpecker, and several Heermann's Gulls. Sea Roaches (Ligia pallasi) scurrying around rocky outcrops of Crook Point. Dead birds included 30 Common Murre, 2 Pelagic Cormorants and 1 immature Western Gull. Dead marine mammals included 1 large decomposed California Sea Lion, 1 juvenile Steller's Sea Lion and 2 Harbor Seal skulls, one adult and one pup. Small amount of man-made debris and a crab float with rope. Sand being removed from southern end of mile. Cobble patches remain on the middle beach. Air and ocean temperature of 59 and 49.6 degrees F, respectively. Wind from SW at 9.5 mph. Light rain. View full report 15
157 bzenderson 10/01/2008 Beautiful day at the beach. Minimal ocean-borne debris; mostly lots of kelp, crab molt, jellyfish pieces. Just two dead murres, who had died not long ago. Sand volume high (no boat visible), and water levels low (seasonal ponds in dunes non-existent, no water to walk through at all on the way to the beach; Tahkenitch Creek low). View full report 0
226 gsmeyer 10/01/2008 There was essentially no observable change in this rugged, basalt-cliffed area since the last report. View full report 0
103 nickhovsepian 09/30/2008 The only change from the last quarterly report is an increase in the sand build up over the summer. Also, the SOLV beach clean up was very helpful in collecting accumulated litter. Shells, animal casings, small rocks and wood pieces in driftline. One dead pelican. Moderate human impact (5)-rockhunting. One dog. View full report 0
310 Bill Gordon 09/28/2008 The weather was fabulous leading to very heavy crowds this Sunday afternoon. Day use parking lot(Arcadia wayside)exceeded capacity. Surf was flat. The north side of mile 310 gets a lot of day use throughout the summer but the mile was quite clean of human trash (beach clean up the prior weekend undoubtedly helped in that regard). Mile was also clean of ocean borne debris except for an unusually high number of recently washed in jellyfish mid mile. Sand continued to be redeposited (est 2 - 3 ft since last report in June). Overall - no immediate concerns. View full report 0
287 wthwaites 09/28/2008 A perfect day for a walk on the beach, nothing upsetting was noted View full report 2
328 tsunami 09/27/2008 Pretty calm overall, didn't spend much time in the driftline, walked mostly down at the water's edge for the low tide. Nice tide pools, but the water is COLD. Very little litter -- thanks SOLV. A fair number of cars but far less than would he here before labor day on such a nice day, and not many exceeding the 25MPH speed limit by more than 10MPH. The fact that the county Sherriff was patrolling and had someone stopped at 328.2 was likely a factor there. View full report 2
153 bebdhm 09/27/2008 A lovely day for walking the beach. It has been swept clean of shells; seaweed and large logs have been washed up to or on top of the dunes.Several large flocks of sanderlings in the waterline, with a large flock of brown pelicans flying north just offshore. View full report 0
336 Judy Benson 09/27/2008 It was a beautiful September day at the beach. Lots of people at the Peter Iredale area. Mostly standing around. Head north 50 yards however and the crowds thinned dramatically, just a few people walking on the beach. Very clean, no issues notes. View full report 1
214 rasmussenschramm 09/27/2008 The beach was very clean, but there was noticeable sand build-up View full report 0
300 [email protected] 09/26/2008 Light human use (7). Nothing much to comment on. View full report 0
293 ducks73 09/26/2008 Beach cleanup was last Saturday. The beach is remarkably free of debris. Great morning for a walk on the beach. View full report 0
267 [email protected] 09/25/2008 Sand Lake entrance to ocean shifting dramatically to the north - no longer possible to walk around end of dunes from lake to beach. Erosion of campsites at park continues - 1/2 dozen campsites, fire pits, pvmnt being washed into estuary. Blue herons do not visit Sand Lake or live here anymore - small crabs and other food for them has disappeared since State Park took over Whalen Island and removed horses. The horses may have provided the nutrients the crabs, sand dollars and shrimp needed for them to survive here - and of course the larger birds also fed on the crabs. View full report 0
97 beachnut 09/25/2008 Bird life was notable along my mile: pelicans fishing outside the breakers; plovers, sandpipers and Sanderlings foraging along the tidelines. A dead salmon shark of about two feet long was in the high line near the southern end of my mile. Otherwise, it was mostly clear of litter -- seaborne or landborne. No one else was out on the beach. The plover nesting-warning signage has been removed from this stretch of beach for another season. Storm/high tides are coming pretty far up the beach now, nearing the dunes. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, wood pieces in the driftline. View full report 0
211 Gibsjerry 09/23/2008 My usual beach access trail at LawrenSea OceansideMotel is now blocked by fence & locked gate. Iused alternate beach access trail located about 1/4 mile south of Motel. Beach was very clean (last Sat was SOLV beach cleanup day). The beach was flat and sandy with no cobble or basalt or rooted cypress tree trunks visible as in past reports. Quite a bit of bluff erosion was noted, but this is normal for this beach mile. View full report 0
242 oceanwalker842 09/23/2008 Another beautiful day on the Oregon coast. Relatively little trash especially after a very busy tourist weekend. View full report 0
309 cadonofrio 09/23/2008 Beautiful day; clean shoreline. View full report 0
174 Foulkes 09/23/2008 The beach was very clean. No birds were present, although marks in the sand indicated they had been there feeding earlier. Nothing unusual to report. View full report 0
95 [email protected] 09/22/2008 The European Beachgrass is moving north and building sand dunes with the progression. BLM had bulldozed the dunes in 2002 and pushed the beach grass into the ocean. It's back and doing quite well. My last visit had beach grass on the south half-mile only. This visit has beach grass within 100 yards of the rivers exit. Shells, animal casings, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces and ocean-based debris in driftline. Four Sanderlings and Two Snowy Plover on dry sand. Four dead Crows and one Western Gull on beach. ATV tracks on beach from Lost Lake Trail, maybe a government ATV. Low human impact (0). View full report 1
338 Randy and Beth 09/22/2008 A very clean mile due to beach cleanup (SOLV) weekend just occurring. We picked up 2 empty plastic containers; also saw a vulture eating a dead seagull. View full report 0
236 Derskin 09/22/2008 There were illegal beach drivers. Also, there is continued erosion at Worldmark and at Wayside State Park. View full report 0
61 cwatch61 09/22/2008 Mile 61 exhibited a clean surf line and beach. Beach benching had developed. Brown pelicans were observed. View full report 3
274 tomanderica 09/21/2008 A beautiful day for the last day of summer. The driftline had jellyfish, dead crabs, seagrass, kelp, other greenery, and some wood debris. We saw one dead murre. View full report 0
289 ollikainen 09/21/2008 Sand continues to build up on mile 289. The foredune has smaller vegetation covered dunes in front.The stern and a large piece of deck are still visible from the wreck of the crabboat, Catherine M. View full report 1
90 [email protected] 09/21/2008 I kayaked from Storm Ranch boat ramp site to S end of New River Plover Habitat Restoration Site. Camped the night with my wife and night paddled the river. Really nice - mirror surface of river - stars reflected - beaver slamming the water to tell us we were in their territory. Steller Sea Lion hauled out on beach near overnight site. Just resting. No markings. In good health apparently. Beach was basically clean feathers in wrack. Some kelp knots. Some signs of upwelling in sea and wrack. Low human impact (0). View full report 8
192 mcrobbins 09/21/2008 Despite the mild weekend weather, we did not see much human activity during our walk, except at the beach access directly off Yachats Ocean Road. There was a house being remodelled at the north end of the mile, close to the bluff, but with no impact to the rocky shoreline that we could see. There was still a fair amount of water seepage from the bluffs in many places, despite recent dry weather. Gender Creek was down to a trickle, though. This mile observation was noteable for the amount of bird activity we saw. There were surfbirds, numbers of kildeer foraging at waterline by Yachats Ocean Road, many cormorants, scoters, oystercatchers, a long-legged sandpiper-like bird we could not identify, and dozens of pelicans mostly flying south, skimming the waves. There were large numbers of gulls, particularly just south of Yachats Ocean Road on the rocky shore and at the south end of the mile on a rocky point not publicly accessible. We noted the usual large colonies of mussels, and acorn and goose-neck barnacles, at waterline along the whole mile. There were also numerous ochre seastars, although they appeared to be more prevalent at the north end of the mile than at the south end. We saw a few sea lions sunning themselves on the rocks, but fewer than we have seen previously. We were pleased to observe that there was virtually no debris of any origin along the whole mile. This was a great improvement from a couple of years ago at this time, when there was a significant amount of debris of all kinds. View full report 0
116 alaingamerica 09/21/2008 This visit was a few months from my last visit. I found this quite helpful in observing how the piles of kelp I saw last visit are being broken down. My goal is to get to my mile much more frequently! Kelp/algae in driftline. Many hermit crabs without their shells. Duck-like birds splashing around in bay. Moderate human impact (9)-walking and tidepooling. Three dogs. View full report 4
146 cmoore 09/21/2008 Today was warm, shirt-sleeve weather, slight cloud cover, no wind. People and dogs were enjoying the beach--flying kites, surfing, playing in the sand, walking. The beach was very clean, picked up a half-trash bag of rope and bottles near the dunes. Maybe SOLV was there yesterday. The beach is usually quite clean, however. We counted 25 dead common murres on our mile - why such a large number? Last year, there were just a few. View full report 0
217 [email protected] 09/21/2008 There were a lot of people walking and running on the beach this morning. It was a warm, calm morning. Yesterday was the Oregon beach clean-up so the beach was pretty free of litter. There continues to be erosion of the bluff and evidence of people climbing up the slopes and causing continued erosion. The dunes are still present on the beach and have not been washed away yet. View full report 0
127 tsunchoi 09/21/2008 Small rocks and wood pieces in the driftline. Shorebirds foraging on wet sand. Newly exposed roots in the foredune. Significant amount of invasive beach grass and Scotch broom covering bluff. Moderate human impact (9)- 1 sitting, 3 horseback riding and 5 driving. Vehicle tread marks in restricted dune areas enroute to our beach mile. View full report 0
245 lvoelker 09/20/2008 I was especially surprised to find, for the first time, a dead beaver, much less such a large beaver. The cliff continues to erode. I think we will be able to witness the isolation of the headland rock from the uplifted basalt cliffs within my lifetime. The beach seems barren: there's so few birds, shoreline, raptors, woodland. View full report 0
213 skimmer 09/20/2008 Finally a beautiful day for the fall beach clean-up. Not much litter on mile 213, but a horrific site of more development. View full report 0
328 Jann Luesse 09/20/2008 Not much new this month. Lots of kelp in the wrack line. View full report 0
185 Lfleming 09/20/2008 SOLV was having beach cleanup. Three people working on Stonefield Beach. New Bird for mile 185, Band Tailed Pigeon (3). Also saw 2 Oystercatchers, 2 Surfbirds, 25 Harlequin Ducks, and 40 Brown Pelicans flying south. View full report 0
108 K Fassett 09/20/2008 Nothing too unusual except an unusual number of bottle caps, and short pieces of rope. Noticed a bit of 'sheen' on the streams coming off the bluffs -perhaps from the golf course but nothing too apparent - could be normal. All in all, looked good. Erosion of upper portion of cliff below Bandon Dunes. Many shorebirds and Brown Pelicans. Three dead birds: one Common Murre and 2 unidentifiable birds. Low human impact (2)-walking with 3 dogs. Four vehicles on allowed beach. View full report 1
103 Doug C 09/20/2008 This report was generated as part of the SOLV Beach Clean-up. About 8 pounds of debris, largely styrofoam and plastic, were removed from this mile. Some plastic and glass bottles were found. The number of dead birds (1 Common Murre, 1 Western Gull, 1 immature Western Gull and one unidentifiable bird) found (4) seemed to be above normal. Shells, animal casings and small rocks in driftline. ATV tracks were observed in a disallowed area and reported. Human impact was light (7)-3 walking and 4 rock hunting. Reported fresh ATV tracks in wet sand on prohibited beach. View full report 2
152 cmoore 09/20/2008 A beautiful day, no wind, clear and warm. Four of us, including webmaster Lloyd Maxfield, did the SOLV clean-up on this mile as well as the area near the stream outlet. We collected almost 8 bags of trash, including rope, plastic, styrofoam, beer cans,and glass. One bonfire site near the stream was a mess - broken beer bottles, diapers, etc. There was a brush fire two weeks ago, according to the ranger, and much of the driftwood in the stream was charred. There was a group campsite of about 5-6 tents in the sand near the parking lot. I think a porta-potty should be provided in the parking lot since the beach and forest seem to be popular camping spots. View full report 0
298 nkn pete 09/20/2008 We also helped with the SOLV beach cleanup. Found an old derelict tent, and collected one SOLV bag of trash. (Beach was clean.) We completed the international survey of litter found on the beach for Ocean Conservancy. Ten students from the NKN Natural Resource club helped with this survey and cut Scotchbroom for NCRD. We completed many tasks today. View full report 0
52 Laurie Prouty 09/20/2008 My friend and I picked up trash as part of the SOLV program. There wasn't as much trash as previous times. Perhaps the sand is covering it all up or maybe, just maybe, people are being more responsible. Let's hope. It was a lovely, still day. The ocean was actually glassy, beautiful reflections of pelicans flying over. View full report 0
102 Doug C 09/20/2008 This report was generated as a result of the SOLV Beach Clean-up and covers only the portion of Mile 102 north of the Coquille River jetty. About 7 pounds of debris were removed, mostly styrofoam from coolers or similar items and plastic pieces. Human impact was moderate (15)-11 walking, 2 playing in surf and 2 playing in sand. Two dogs. ATV tracks were observed in a disallowed area and reported. Bull Kelp and seagrass piles were a little more numerous than usual. Shells, animal casing and small rocks in driftline. One large Moon Jelly. View full report 0
112 rheadohner 09/20/2008 Dead California sea lion found among the rocks on Sacchi Beach, ENE of point separating Agate and Sacchi. Shells, kelp/algae, small rocks, wood pieces and land-based debris in driftline. One dead Western Gull and 3 unidentifiable dead birds. Considerable accumulation of sand around sea stacks, up to the cliff base and along the driftwood. Little debris except for some plastic bottles and clothing. Two areas of burned wood in the driftwood. Low human impact (0). View full report 3
147 Lyndell 09/20/2008 The beach was mostly free of debris and garbage. Very few people and dogs. There were 10 dead birds at mile 148.5 on the way to 147. Mile 147 had the most garbage due to its closeness to the levee. However, I was impressed by the lack of garbage. The area just east of the jetty along a nice sandy beach protected by a rock breakwater along the Umpqua has lots of garbage. Someone with an ORV could clean it in a short period of time. Miles 151-147 were very clean with no abnormal signs of erosion or man made changes. Beach vehicles were present but were very courteous. View full report 3
221 lipberm 09/20/2008 Lots of human and good-dog activity on this sunny, mild fall beach clean-up day. There was some new erosion of the bluff--one large tree tipped over and erosion due to disturbance made in bluff at a relatively new bluff-top luxury RV-pad facility. We found an unusual number of bottles and cans to pick up as well as a lost wallet containing one young man's driver's license and an unrelated (?) woman's ATM card... View full report 0
121 LouiseW 09/19/2008 Lots less trash than previously. Plastic bottles were prevalent, but I actually saw no Styrofoam. Animal casings, kelp/algae, wood pieces and land-based debris in the driftline. More cormorants on headlands and more than 100 Brown Pelicans flying and resting on rocks in area. Two Puffins were sighted in a group of sea birds floating off shore. Fourteen dead birds, most of them Common Murre, were the most unusual observation. One dead California Sea Lion. Beach well-filled with sand. Cliff continues to erode. Low human impact (2)-walking with one dog. View full report 2
168 bwholler 09/19/2008 Sand at foredune in a fall pattern, rounded, not showing signs of strong north or south winds. More sea palm kelp on the beach than usual. Unusually large number of dead common murres, probably mostly juveniles, at high tide line, do not appear fresh but are still identifiable. Nice fall day, mostly overcast but pleasant temperature and no wind. View full report 0
29 JimandJoan 09/19/2008 We've walked the beach several times since our last report in March. Looks great. No evidence of fishing boat debris this summer. We've seen plastic oil containers, nets and rope in the past but only one crab buoy tangled in kelp this summer. Seems to be a lack of birds except the fall migrants. Not as many seagulls, just the offshore cormorants. View full report 0
31 Joseph 09/18/2008 A delightful walk on a beautiful beach. View full report 0
161 dpavlis 09/18/2008 Ocean unusually calm/quiet. 7 of the 11 dogs we saw were in a group of rescued greyhounds. All dogs on beach were either leashed or under good voice control and not disturbing wildlife. Beach was very clean...just one small piece of a float and one broken frisbee. One off road jeep in allowed area...driving very slowly. Snowy Plover ropes have been removed. Many harbor seals at mouth of creek. View full report 1
49 Tichenor 09/18/2008 A typical day at the beach and on the dock. Weather very pleasant (no wind!). The only thing unusual was the large number of jellies on the beach, flat, roughly circular, mostly brown. I counted 57, so upwards of 60, I would guess. I saw a similar situation some months ago, but could not find anything in my Coast Watch file about it. View full report 0
10 Christine 09/17/2008 I'm reporting on Mile 10 until an adopter can be found. The road to Lone Ranch Beach was blocked due to construction and I had to access the beach via Cape Ferrello viewpoint trail. I noticed many dead crab shells/legs etc. of approximately the same size (around 3 inches across)on the shoreline. Where did they come from? Lots of mussel shells, dead seaweed, dead birds, animal casings etc. along the tideline. Very trashy, but all natural trash. Seems unusual with no big storms lately. There was a very light colored and weight sand on the gray-sand shore that looked to be made up of very tiny shell particles that may have been washed in from under/around a reef or is it dredged from somewhere else? I saw one seal, Harbor I believe in the water on the far side. The piles of large driftwood on the far side of the beach looked burned as if a beach fire might have gotten out of hand. On the trail back to Cape Ferrello from Lone Ranch Beach were 4 or more pink or purple plastic bags that looked like they may have had doggy poo in them. What was the point of bagging the poo and then leaving them along the trail? View full report 0
128 rubygoes 09/17/2008 There is much beautiful driftwood on the beach, dark and gnarly. What can be seen are only the tops of much larger pieces covered over this summer as strong winds drove waves and sand to the base of the foredune. On 8/24 I was amazed by a huge brown mass covering the beach ahead--Brown Pelicans! Easily 100, possibly many more. I have never seen such a congregation of thesegraceful, prehistoric looking creatures. On myCoastWatch check of 9-17, that sight stayed in mymemory as I counted 13 dead juvenile pelicans which never had their chance to soar. But thecontinuation of life and the good health of ourOregon coast was reaffirmed by those adults, soonto migrate, and one sea lion surfing the waves. Other identifiable dead birds were 10 gulls, one cormorant and one tern. Dune beach grass which lost its hold over the winter and was covered over by sand has sprung up and seems to be thriving some 30 ft. out from the base of the foredune in many places. The SOLV beach cleanup on 9/20 will bring out many volunteers who join us CoastWatchers in being so grateful to live near this beautiful Pacific Ocean. I will be participating, along with two canine friends who will be carrying backpacks. They specialize in plastics and cans, while I go for all the rest. We're a great team! Clam shells, thousands of broken sand dollars, a few Bull Kelp, small rocks, wood pieces and ocean- and land-based debris in the driftline. Low human impact (2)-1 walking and 1 horseback riding. View full report 0
130 sandyrandy94 09/16/2008 Mile 130 looked very clean with new sand. North end down to last third was quite clean. Some log debris near vegetation line. Last third was much more filled with logs and shell casings. One small structure built from driftwood near the end of the mile. Small numbers of gulls and plovers on the beach. Low human impact(3)-1 walking and 2 playing in sand. A very quiet time on the beach on this day. View full report 0
228 djohnson 09/16/2008 There is little change at Whale Cove and the light problem from Whale Cove Inn seems to be pretty well under control. As mentioned above, any new development in the area is on hold, as it has been for years! View full report 0
331 alkarbeck 09/16/2008 This was a relatively quiet term even with the summer tourism. However, this was the term of common murres. Dead and ill ( beached) murres have been found all summer. The North Coast Wildlife Center had at one point about 70+ rescued murres needing help which were rescued from Lincoln City all the way to the Willipa Bay (WA.)region. View full report 0
96 D Bilderback 09/16/2008 Few shells, animal casings, kelp/algae (Hymenena, Nerocystis, Macrosystis, Postelsia, Cystoseira, Lessoniopsis), Eelgrass (Zostera), and small rocks in a thin and spotty wrackline. Flocks of Western Sandpipers flying south. Flocks of Sanderlings foraging or resting on beach. Fox tracks on beach. A large flock (95) of Western Gulls with a few Heermann's Gulls at the mouth of New River. High tides overwashing the ridge along the beach at the southern end of the mile, overwash entered Two-mile Creek and returned to the sea. Riptide embayment with sand cliff at the north end of the mile. Wind blown sand accumulating against eroded foredune and covering driftwood and logs. Beach slope of 11 degrees at south end decreasing to 4 degrees elsewhere. Air and ocean temperature of 51 and 49.5 degrees F, respectively. Wind of 6.2 mph. Low human impact (0). View full report 2
97 D Bilderback 09/16/2008 Few shells and broken sand dollars, animal casings, kelp/algae (Postelsia, Hymenena, Egregia, Macrocystis, Nereocystis, Cystoseira), Eelgrass (Zostera) and small rocks in a thin and spotty wrackline. Western Sandpipers, 20 Snowy Plovers, a few Sanderlings, flocks of Western Gulls on the beach. Turkey Vultures flying over the beach. Eight dead Common Murre and 1 dead Pelagic Cormorant. One dead male Salmon Shark on the beach. Two riptide embayments at each end of the mile. Beach sloping from 13 to 3 degrees. Air and ocean temperature of 51 and 49.5 degrees F, respectively. Wind of 6.2 mph. Low human impact (0). View full report 5
215 NewportNancy 09/16/2008 It was a foggy, quiet day along Mile 215. Moderate sand hills (1-2 feet) have formed on the southern end of the beach near the north jetty, but the beach was flat further north. It was clear that all of the people I saw accessed the beach from one of the hotels at or past the northern end of the mile (Shilo, Hallmark, etc.). The water that pools at the base of the bluffs was spilling out, creek-like, onto the beach - I don't remember that before. The beach was remarkably free of human debris. Lots of crab molts, a few dead birds as mentioned, and, interestingly, one dead fish (see photo). One thing to note: I think you're not supposed to set fire to driftwood that can't be moved (i.e., really big pieces) and there were lots of burn marks on such driftwood left from previous bonfires. View full report 2
176 CMHarvey 09/16/2008 The edge of highway 101 from the northend of Baker Beach to at least the road into the old Berry Creek quarry, continues to move downward, slipping off the steep face of the area. View full report 0
263 connierbruce 09/15/2008 Normal usage nowadays is up over the years. Very little litter considering the many fire pits. View full report 0
245 TerryH 09/14/2008 Only walked north half of Roads End mile and found dead beaver at "the Point" View full report 1
33 B Edgar 09/14/2008 A buildup of sand has taken place in the last 2 months from the steady north windA feral cat was seen hunting on the cliff faceVery little trash on the beachone dead juv. db cormorant View full report 0
15 EKeith 09/14/2008 One dead sea lion. Visible retreat of solid bluff. View full report 0
244 Millie & Carl 09/14/2008 Busy late-summer sunny Sunday; lots of people on the beach near the main access points. A few dogs, some on leash, but all well under control.There is a path down the bluff, apparently from houses at about NW 50th Drive, going past a "No Trespassing" sign. Also, in an apparent natural shallow cave in the bluff, a young man was apparently carving graffiti in the sandstone. Photos included of both of these. View full report 2
209 bloeffel 09/14/2008 The beach was generally pretty clean; there was little human-derived driftline debris. Natural debris included sea palms, etc., and some mole crab thoraxes from bird-eaten animals. The beach had assumed a flat upper beach bordered by a steep face. Beach gradients were not estimated. View full report 0