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326 Volunteer Coordinator 10/21/2017

Paper Report submitted by John and Deanna.

Scattered showers with sun breaks in the clouds.  20 people on the beach, 4 in the two cars.  8 dogs.  No wildlife concerns.  Beach erosion due to rough surf. 

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238 Volunteer Coordinator 10/20/2017 DISPATCH

While riding on the southern end of Salishan Beach Sean Lee spotted a sea turtle.  He called his wife Adrianna, who called a friend who happened to be a CoastWatcher.  Katharine gave her Fawn's number.  Jim Rice was contacted. He was able to get there and with Sean and Adrianna's help get the sea turtle off the beach and on its way to the Seattle Aquarium.  Stay Tuned!  A big thank you to Sean and Adrianna for their quick thinking!

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290 Foxglove290 10/20/2017

This is not a full report......notes and photos from a walk on my mile.

 

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245 TerryH 10/16/2017

Of note were the numerous sea gooseberries dotting the drift line, along the entire beach......see photo

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262 Linda Fink 10/16/2017

A beautiful, sunny, windless day just after high tide. More dead birds in the driftline than I have seen here before. All the signs are gone that had indicated the vehicle-prohibited areas, presumably because the dune (north side) where the signs had been has been cut back farther than ever before. Car tracks clear to the end of the beach at the base of the Cape Kiwanda cliff and even some partway up the dune.

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244 rainydaywalker 10/16/2017

Usually, we have about 50 people and 3 to 5 dogs this time of year.  As it was October and a weekday, that we surpassed 100 people was a surprise.  We usually see aditional birdlife, and crows instead of ravens.

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222 KathyLJ 10/15/2017 DISPATCH

While walking along mile 222 on my way to 221, I found a dead sea lion near the high tide line just north of the Moolack Beach parking area.

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338 Randy and Beth 10/15/2017

A very clean beach mile and a warm day and low tide brought out families to dig clams.

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221 KathyLJ 10/15/2017

38 is a large number of people on this section of beach for any time of year but it was a sunny, windless day so it was perfect for beach walking.  Most of the people were at the south end of the mile. Usually, there are more people at the northern end by the Moolack Shores Inn and Moolack Beach parking areas. Lots of bull whip kelp, sea palm and what I think is eelgrass on the beach. There were not as many gulls as I usually see here but that may be because of the large number of dogs. Although some of the dogs were off leash, I did not note them disturbing the few gulls that were in the surf. 

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228 DWhite 10/15/2017

Both Whale Cove and Rocky Creek were in good shape and quite free of debris. The colony of 150+ seals were visible on the rocks at the southeast end of Whale Cove (see photo). Two whales were present in Whale Cove "sharking" (grazing on their side in a relatively shallow area so that one half of their tail is above water). Minor cliff erosion was present in Whale Cove (new since last report). Six people and two dogs were present at Rocky Creek.

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239 ORbeach 10/15/2017

Very pleasant day.  Picked up a small amount of trash.  Relayed our concerns about the dead sea lions to the ranger but he indicated he may not take any action since it is very expensive to get a large piece of machinery out onto the beach to bury the animal ... and then wave action may expose it again.

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310 newton 10/15/2017 View full report 0
253 neskowinwatcher 10/14/2017

It was a warm sunny day with a light 5 mph NW breeze and a 2.45 low tide @ 3:15pm.

Approximately 70 people and 10 dogs  were enjoying the beach. They were beach combing, flying kites and having a good time.

Shoreline wildlife was un remarkable with the usual driftline creatures but nothing noteworthy.

This was our 2nd trip to mile 253 but our first as official coastwatchers.  We took several reference photos that we will use for reference  when we return for the November King Tides. 

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274 rogans 10/14/2017

It was a brisk but cloudless day. People were on the beach enjoying what might be the last good beach day of the season.

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242 Bluewater 10/14/2017 View full report 4
295 Nedonnaman 10/12/2017 View full report 0
245 TerryH 10/05/2017 DISPATCH

Dead sea lion, north end of Roads End mile, submitted Marine Mammal Report with photos.

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173 Ariana172 10/05/2017

Hundreds of resting gulls, 8 humans 12 dogs-

No humans encountered beyond the north of the creek mouth.  One set human and 1 set dog prints entering from the north.  The beach was deserted.  Sand barren.  Very few shells N of Sutton Creek.  2 Separate incidences noted... dog owners and/or humans disturbing the resting and feeding gulls at the shoreline, south of the creek.  Yellow nylon rope protruding from the sand at the dunes.  Human shoeprints surrounding it.  Unless this is a remnant from plover nexting enclosure, no other signs of enclosure visible.  Large remnants of wooden pallets and other wood on dunes.  Photos will be included.

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340 edjoyce 10/05/2017

No pictures of dead crabs at shoreline.

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271 yakinsea 10/04/2017

This report covers the entire cape, since it can only be done by boat, and the other miles are not currently being covered.

What a beautiful day!  What a beautiful area!  Just got back from the last stretch of my retirement project to paddle the entire west coast of the US mainland.  We made the Mexican border after starting from Port Hardy BC, Canada five years ago.  Cape Lookout remains one of my favorite places to paddle, truely a gem. It looked really good on this day, warm, sunny, and calm, with clear water and far less plastic on the couple places that it can collect.

The sea stars are back.  The diversity of wildlife looked good, with two notable exceptions that may be due to the time of year.  I saw no sea lions, they may have mostly headed south by now.  I saw very few common murres, they may be off somewhere, as well.  I saw a grey whale that surprised me by surfacing perhaps 20 yards from me near the cliffs.  I saw my first local skate; it was gliding directly under me about 10 to 15 ft down, mostly holding its position in the current next to the south side cliff.  Swarms of minnows ( I know schools, but they looked like swarms of bugs that happened to be under water.) could be seen in the calm water again near the cliffs along the south side.I went into seven sea caves.  Few people know that there are some really large or deep caves here.  Some of the largest north side caves have a red/pink biological coating on the walls. I landed on the beach just south of the cape and saw river otter tracks.  I once saw two river otters swimming among the bull kelp just off of the cliffs, again south side.

 

 

 

 

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308 John Markham 10/04/2017

Another pleasant warm fall day on the beach.

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256 Katharine Harding 10/03/2017 View full report 1
198 bahngarten 10/01/2017

Warm, balmy, partly- cloudy afternoon. 15 people, 11 dogs enjoying beach, sitting or walking. Notable all along the tideline were many thumbnail sized clear jellyfish, large amounts of mole crab parts, and some still alive and laying eggs in the sand., general movement of many first year gulls was northward.  2 decomposed birds, 1 a pelagic cormorant, 1 a common murre. A small amount of 4-5" crab molt along beach, along with many small pebbles and some kelp. Beach was absolutely clean!

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129 mzlizee 09/29/2017

A great deal of bullwhip kelp on beach - see photo

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218 dderickson 09/28/2017

Beach was really clean: I saw almost no trash or plastic. The Great blue heron, and Great egret were present along the creek. Dunes are still high; more grass tussocks in the dunes just west of the creek. There is a new sturdy boardwalk crossing to the beach from the Wayside parking area.

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195 Pardiatthebeach 09/28/2017 DISPATCH

Just saw this today, must have happened yesterday on Mile 195. 

After emailing Phillip Johnson for advice we made contact with Jay Sennewald OSP permit coordinator. He felt that this was a serious matter and that it would be pursued.

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155 marcus 09/25/2017 View full report 2
187 SandyJean 09/24/2017

It was a beautiful day, rather warm, many people enjoying the low tide and tidepooling. Many children enjoying the creatures in the tide pools, no one disturbing the creatures. The children were delighted.  We had brought our friend who is visiting from Tanzania and he rarely sees the Indian Ocean, he  enjoy our ocean very much.

 

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289 ollikainen 09/24/2017

The yearly cycle of Mile 289 continues.  During the summer sand is deposited and dunes form.  During the winter the ocean erodes the nearest of the new dunes.  But over the years,  the beach is getting wider, especially near the jetty.  Last week we had some wild weather.  There was even a waterspout off of Oceanside.  There was a day of large swells.  That brought the wrack line up to the newly formed summer dunes.  Most of the wrack was dried out eel grass and wood.  It is early in the year for this,  but the ocean has since calmed down.  September and early October are usually pleasant and calm.

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315 JDPphotography 09/24/2017 DISPATCH

As this was my first visit to my mile, I wanted to get baseline images so that on subsequent visits, I will be able to note any changes in the topography, and any other issues that a CoastWatcher looks for. The tide was starting to rise nearing the end of my visit, so the next time I will go even earlier in the day.

The ocean water at Chapman Point and Bird Rocks was incredibly clean, clear and turquoise.

Two hours were actually spent walking Ecola State Park/parking lot, searching for access to Crescent Beach, and then North Chapman Beach accessed at 7th and Ash Streets. An additional four hours have been spent preparing the photos for upload and writing the report.

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315 JDPphotography 09/24/2017 DISPATCH

Original report was saved and published before I added all the images (I'm new to this system, so please forgive). This Dispatch is simply to add all the images I have for this report.

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286 beverly.stein 09/24/2017

Four of us walked the mile for the first time so we now have a baseline to compare for the next walk.  This area of the coast has no development.  SOLVE had been through the day before so not much debris on the beach. 

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253 DWhite 09/24/2017 DISPATCH

Fawn led a tour and educational session of the Neskowin beach north side.  

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269 solosteph 09/23/2017

As part of SOLVE, I walked from Sand Lake Recreation Area down to Cape Lookout.  2 people from hiking trail.  Beach debris light, several plastic bottles and pieces of rope.  Picked trash up and I hauled back to Vehicle Authorization area for sheriff to pick up.

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8 DewPoint Dave 09/23/2017

Mile 8, Harris Beach SP Picnic Area was full of activity this beautiful Saturday morning with plenty of sunshine and fresh air. The amount of beach sand brought in by Mother Nature this summer in this area is more than I have seen in the past 8 years. Most of the on-shore rocks exposed during last winter's storm are now buried.

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205 sorensenteam 09/23/2017

The beach was flat, very little wave or stream erosion. 

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287 C Nelson 09/23/2017

A lovely fall day for the SOLVE beach clean-up. We did not see any other volunteers picking up debris during our visit, but others had been on BayOcean spit recently and left stacks of full trash bags above the high tide line. As a result, we didn't find as much debris as we have in previous clean-ups and only added a couple more bags to existing piles. When we left, the beach looked very clean and pristine. There were considerably more shells of pacific sand crabs in the driftline than we've noted in past visits. Otherwise, all looked well on mile 287.

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171 oldMGguy 09/22/2017

A pleasent afternoon for a stroll on Heceta Beach - sunny with a light breeze for a change.  Long lines of high washline greenish-brown phyto/zoo plankton and algae debris on the wet sand beach - typical for fall days with decreasing sunlight.  Large amounts of 1/4" to 1/2" "Cat's Eye" comb jellies (Pleurobrachia bachei) washed up along the entire mile along with a single Pacific Sea Nettle (Chrysaora fuscescens).  No Moon jellies or mole crabs observed today.  Several large flocks of sanderlings feeding in the wash line.

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306 Frankie 09/20/2017 DISPATCH View full report 4
339 edjoyce 09/20/2017

All looks stable.  See attached picture.

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216 Volunteer Coordinator 09/18/2017 DISPATCH

Tagged pinneped- X 536.  Photo sent by Karen Driscoll

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314 cheeseguy 09/18/2017

A sunny fall day at the beach. Lots of people walking for the most part. Only new observation was the application of ground cloth to the base of the dune at Breaker PT. condos and Ecola Creek. Some of the new beach grass plantings may have been eroded. Before photo in prior report with current included in this report.  A picture of beach N of the mouth of Ecola Creek is included to show the lack of Brown Pelicans this year. In the past this beach is normally covered with them. I only saw a flight of 6 and another of 12 Brown Pelicans during my whole walk. Unusually few for this time of year. 

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211 Chad101 09/17/2017

Very few people on the beach on the cloudy Sunday afternoon I was walking mile 211.  A few areas of mud and standing water had appeared since my last report.  Rocks, broken shells, drift wood, kelp, and a few cut flowers were all I found in the high tide line.

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237 Walden 09/16/2017

Calm seas with little wind. Only saw two people during the walk, both agate hunting. Tee shirt and shorts weather. The beach itself had very little debris of any kind, natural or man made.

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30 tree13tops 09/14/2017

This is my first Coastwatch report. I have been walking this section of the beach for 25+ years, but this is the first time I have done it with a journal in hand and recorded anything. So I will have much more information by the next reporting period.

There are two changes that I remember. One is that in the last two winters, the storms have carved out the dunes. What used to be rolling sand dunes is now a cliff going down  to the beach. The other one is the change in rocks found at the north end of this section of beach. There used to be many rocks with holes in them. It looked like they had been carved out by sea creatures. But I do not actually know the scientific reason for this. We used to call this section Hole in the Rocks Beach before we knew it was called Bailey Beach. There are a few now, but not as many.

There was one strange sight I have not seen before. There was some smoke in the air from the forest fires. The sun looked orange from shining through the smoke. This orangey sun shining on the waves turned the white caps gold/orange. It actually looked like the waves were on fire. Very pretty!

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208 Batthecat 09/11/2017 DISPATCH

Somewhat surprised at how clean the beach was.  Not much on the wrack line and only two dead birds.

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307 Bald Eagle 09/10/2017

On this beautiful morning there were a lot of people around Arch Cape looking at the muscles, barnacles and sea anemones on the rocks.  There were no sea stars. 

Gull Rock had at least 45 pelicans and 4 cormorants. 

On the north side of Arch Cape I observed the signs of one pigeon guillemot nest.  I saw one these birds about one month ago feeding the baby birds.  In earlier years I have seen two and three nests on Arch Cape.

The sand level was at its usual level for this time of year which allows easy foot travel between Arch Cape and Cove Beach.

 

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198 bahngarten 09/10/2017

Sunny calm morning, very calm ocean. Some western seagulls, some young gulls begging for food. Few people and dogs walking on beach.  Pebbles, some crab molt, live mole crabs along beach.  Clean beach.

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189 [email protected] 09/10/2017

I was on the beach between 7:25 ad 9:45 am Low tide was about 1.1' at 9:30 am. As for humans, I saw 7 people overall, 2 groups of 2, and one group of 3. Two dogs. The only activity I observed were just people waking around, enjoying and exploring. One couple approached me and asked what I ws doing. I saw 4 cars between the parking lots at Gwynn and Cummins Creeks. I've already described the shoreline wildlife in a previous section, but  the obvious large wildlife was the mixed flock of gulls loafing at the mouth of Cummins Creek, Band-tailed pigeons, turkey vulture, black oytercatcher, and of couse lots of inverts on the beach, and lots of inverts and macroalgae on the rocks at both ends of the mile. The drift line was light with little debris or litter. I didn't see any dead birds or mammals. No obvious recent man-made changes, but typical erosion on the cliffs. I had 4 photos to upload. Looks like it only allows one. I that correct? How do I add more than one?

 

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175 Kit Kirk 09/04/2017

There was nothing outstanding in my walk on the beach this time.  I am so pleased to see that the debris level has been low lately.

It was smokey though due to surrounding forest fires.  3 dead birds, murre tagged, live shorebirds, gulls, crows. People on the beach.

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195 WetWabbit 09/02/2017

It was a lovely clear day, with many visitors enjoying the beach and flying kites. Nothing unusual was seen except 9 decomposing birds at the wrack line (see photo).

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293 stu and barb 09/01/2017

Lots of people...and seagulls, getting a head start on Labor Day.  Saw about 60 people and an equal number of seagulls (only grouping was at Rock Creek), and 10-20 crows.  Some clumps of seaweed at the driftline, plus the usual shells, rocks, wood pieces, and a few jellyfish...just the natural stuff you expect to see.  Most of the stuff left by humans was concentrated near the Rockaway Beach Wayside, but we only collected 1/2 bag.  The community has done well in keeping up with the additional debris resulting from the Summer influx of tourists...hope it's clean after Labor Day too.

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196 Pardiatthebeach 09/01/2017

Only two pieces of large debris, both rope. No small and only slight medium debris. Some sand and vegatation building up above tideline, since tide has not been very high.  There are a couple of shelters built from driftwood, one is quite large. Photo attached.

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145 RebeccaMC 08/31/2017 DISPATCH

Around 36 people at the beach. 8 dogs. 

No sea stars, the low tide not being very low.

Some of the driftwood is charred and burned, as well as grass and bushes on the dunes.

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300 Volunteer Coordinator 08/31/2017 DISPATCH

I found this murre chick on the beach at Manzanita, August 31. I took it to a rehab lady in Rockaway Beach (recommended by the Wildlife Center in Astoria) an hour or so after recovering it, but unfortunately it died as we arrived at her facility.  Anyway, I thought it was noteworthy because I’ve seen so many dead murres on the Manzanita beach (~40/km in July!) and ALL were adults; I have not noticed any chicks on the water. Also, I think I read on OBOL that very few chicks were produced at Yaquina Head and other coastal colonies. This seems a little late for such a young chick. So, I thought it might be worth reporting to you folks. Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested if you think it’s worthwhile.

Cheers, Jules Evens
Avocet Research Associates, LLC

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185 Lfleming 08/30/2017

An amazing day with no wind and a glassy ocean.   The gulls were finding food in the washed up kelp on the beach.  One section of the driftline was full of dead rockhoppers along with several eaten out crabs shells.  Only three orange seastars, far out on the rocks.  There were more last time.  There were a few seals on the rocks so the rest were probably out enjoying the calm water.  Not many people for such a beautiful day. 

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193 SKMacK 08/30/2017

Foggy morning. Only a few people were out walking. Extent of erosion along both Yachats Ocean Road and Ocean View Drive appears about the same.  

 

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237 bksouthwick1 08/27/2017 DISPATCH

Nice day on the beach. Tide was at low point about to return. We saw 20 adults, 2 teens, 5 kids, 6 dogs. 7 dead birds, 5 murres (I think) and 2 gulls. Actually saw a live female dungeness crab in the surf. Threw it back out before the birds got it. Not too much trash today but did find a large section of "carpet" like material which I guess was used to stabilize the dune area. We drug it back out to the roadside for pick-up.

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214 PCTronquet 08/27/2017

We found a seagull on the beach totally wrapped in fishing line with hook and bobber, unable to get free.  After covering the bird with a jacket, we were able to cut the line, unravel and free the bird.  It quickly flew away, unharmed.  A second bird caught in the line was not so lucky....it had already died from the entanglement.

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315 BJKauai 08/27/2017

It was a nice, clear sunny day. Numerous amount of people walking along the beach with families and pets. Tide was very low today, not many sea stars can be seen in the tidepools. Driftline had quite a bit of mole crab casings, feathers and kelp. Not much man made litter found along the beach today. And the few found were picked up and discarded appropriately. 

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238 njwhite 08/26/2017

It was a beautiful, clear day to walk along mile 238. Once again, the landscape of this beautiful mile has changed, more flat than on previous walks  On this day, there was more bird activity, a few dead cormorats, and a few other dead birds that I could not identify, and a dead sculpin on the beach. There were green plants growing on the beach that I had not seen in past months. The most unusual activity and sighting, were two fort-like structures built out of large pieces of driftwood. It appeared as if some individual(s) was occupying both of the structures, at least for the day. There were many bags outside one structure. There was a sign "Potty" with an arrow pointing in one direction. I wondered if I happened upon a beach camp. One person walking on the beach told me the structures were "forts" built by kids, although some adults were occupying the "forts".

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203 Beachwalker203 08/25/2017

Quiet day on the beach, quiet ocean.  Did see fairly fresh bear scat near the wrack though. That was unusual.

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220 Hillsideshack 08/24/2017

Beautiful but frustrating day on Mile 220. Five people on the beach, one of whom, despite my polite results to stop the activity, was 3/4 up the cliffs and digging soil out of the cliff. 

Driftline contained a lot of beautiful long kelp and the usual small plastic pieces. Saw three dead Common Murres ( guess) that had not been tagged. 

The cliffs continue in their downward progression to the sea sadly helped by an individual who was digging dirt out of the side of the cliff. I do have a photo of the cliff digger attached. 

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287 C Nelson 08/22/2017

A beautiful summer day on Mile 287! There were fewer people than expected for such a nice day, possibly because it was mid-week. It was a surprise to see a large quantity (as many as 12-14 dozen) lethargic, dying Dungess Crabs in the driftline or ashore at the high tide line - unclear what was causing the crabs to be too weak to return to the sea as the tide retreated. A large amount of sand has filled in previously eroded foredunes. While there was evidence of a number of recently used campsites along the mile, it was gratifying to see how little trash had been left behind. All in all, a delightful day!

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129 mzlizee 08/21/2017 View full report 1
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220 DKPowell 08/15/2017

The beach is continuing to fill with more sand. The prevention of cars going to the NW 68th street parking is probably reducing the amount of plastic/trash. Although it is summer, erosion continues at Yaquina Head cliff and exposing pipes.

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186 ENHS 08/14/2017

Charles and I were at our adopted mile on 8/14. No one was at the parking space save a man mowing. Everything, parking area and path were very clean. Gulls, pretty leisurely walking up and down the beach. There is no longer any beach access, the river is now using the land's edge for its bank. The former stone beach below the houses as you walk north from the Ten Minle River parking access has moved to the other side, the seaward side, of the river. Access to that is from Stonefield Beach at low tide. It is a very nice way to go. Where did the river go?  Why it now describes a sharp U turn to the south and heads towards MP 185 territory. Buy the time it reaches the sea, much of it has disappeared into the sand, much like the Colorado, I guess. We went next to Stonefield Beach. It was also very clean, no micro plastics visible. Guess they are under the sand and stone of the new northerly extension of Stonefield Beach. 

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338 Randy and Beth 08/13/2017

An active day on our mile with people excited about seeing whales spouting off shore.

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129 mzlizee 08/13/2017

Large dead mammal.  Dessicated and gelatinous.  Dinner for 12 turkey vultures.  Had my dog with me so didn't get very close.  Appeared to be large sea lion or small elephant seal.  Head pretty well consumed, no flippers left.

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145 RebeccaMC 08/13/2017 DISPATCH

Calm day at the beach. Nice weather and good access to low tide life on jetty. Counted 37 sea stars, There were actually 2 sea stars with lesions. An orange and a purple, also spotted a sea lion swimming just beyond the surf.

Several surfers who said the water was warm. 

Kelp washed up on beach, along with the normal debris.

Normal amount of people and dogs.

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145 RebeccaMC 08/11/2017

It was relatively quiet on the beach with moderate activity. Every one seemed laid back and the dogs were well behaved. 

It was very low tide and I counted 97 Sea Stars on the jetty rocks,  both purple and orange. Most were in the 4" to 6" range, some were 2", a few larger ones were also on the rocks. There were two that seemed different, please see photos.

There were a lot of quarter size jellies(?) See photo. There was also a larger 12" jellyfish.

I did the is it a sea lion or bird thing for a long while with binoculars and decided-birds. I don't think seagulls, maybe cormorants.

One vulture on the jetty. Normal amount of sea gulls.

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299 cpendergrass 08/10/2017

Summertime scenario...no rain, lots of people, lots of dead common murres, lots of people inquiring about the large number of dead birds. I explained that it is part of the murre life cycle for many birds to die after the breeding season and that it happens every year at this time. Encountered the first dead raccoon I've seen on the beach here.

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101 Volunteer Coordinator 08/10/2017 DISPATCH

murre alive/ in distress on the beach.  Photo by Gary Meunier

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285 Cynthia and Kevin 08/06/2017 DISPATCH View full report 1
198 bahngarten 08/06/2017

Calm,  hazy morning on clean beach, with 9 people walking. Notable was 1 unidentifiable gull carcass, 1 harbor seal carcass, with large wound of abdomen, few small superficial wounds 1-2" about head and neck, no post morten predation apparent. Animal probably dead 1-2 days, little bloating of otherwise normal weight animal.  Jim Rice,MMS, notified, with pictures by cell phone.

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146 SmithRiver 08/02/2017

Beautiful day at the beach, many, many enjoying it.  Sad to see so much fire destruction and danger from unauthorized/unattened bon fires.  Most fire pit areas were started far above the tide line this time of year where they could not be put out properly or naturally by new tides coming in.  

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154 Eugene Hikers 08/02/2017 DISPATCH

No debris, white sand, steep slope to water.  Data sheet misplaced

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290 Foxglove290 08/02/2017

Evidence of the strong summer north winds.  Sand collecting along the jetty. I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of liter.  

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262 dslinger 08/02/2017 DISPATCH

Large amounts of algae noted.

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129 mzlizee 07/29/2017

Just a quiet foggy day at the beach.

Had the place to ourselves.

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208 Batthecat 07/28/2017 DISPATCH

Warm, windless day.  Lots of visitors.  Quite a few dogs but all under control.  Probably a total of 30-35 cars between Ona Beach and Curtis Street. Saw some new erosion.  Took people pictures to post on Flickr.  

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169 oceanwalker842 07/27/2017

The 8 people on this mile included 4 other people plus the four of us enjoying a beautiful, clear day walk on the beach. Two of my friends (from Hawaii) were completing a coast to coast trip...toes in the Atlantic and toes in the Oregon Pacific. A photo of them completing the trek is included.

Again, as usual, very limited wild-life that included a small group of sanderlings, a crow, and 10 gulls. I may need a lesson on identifying the gulls. As they flew by, it appeared there were three different species...a lone, black tipped wing bird with a whitish body gliding the dunes, 6 with darker bodies (that didn't appear to have the dingy color of adolescents), and a small group 3 others.

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295 Nedonnaman 07/26/2017

Typical summer beach.  Most of the heavy drfitwood accumulation from the winter is gone ... up in smoke or used to make forts and shelters.  Unlike many past years, there has not been any mowing of dune grass.  Mile 294 to the south gets a lot more use and also includes the heavily eroded bluff at the south end of the Wayside and the wandering creek, which this year is 100 yards or so further north than a year ago.

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309 spinger 07/25/2017
  • sand deposition appears lower than 2016 summer level;
  • abundent mole crab casings;
  • haven't seen pyrosomes on this beach before;
  • no Ochre Sea Stars on Mile 309, but a few on Jockey Cap on Mile 310;
  • driftwood installations.
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306 Frankie 07/24/2017

Everything OK. No new erosion.

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188 casparboy 07/22/2017

The number of people enjoying the different segments of mile 188 was larger than usual on this beautiful weekend day.

There were about 40 harbor seals at Strawberry. Fortunately visitors were maintaining a respectful distance from them. There were no other wildlife sightings that stood out.

I noticed no new signs of erosion during this summer observation.

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325 dicknfamily 07/21/2017 View full report 1
305 Frankie 07/21/2017 DISPATCH

In 50 plus years of visiting this small cove, this is the only time I've ever seen it this calm. It was fun to see its lagoon-like quality. 

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202 Unbound 07/20/2017

During our beach cleanup on July 20, 2017 we saw 36 people and 7 dogs. Most people were walking, but it was a beautiful sunny day, so there were some folks who opted to checkout the surf and others who were sitting and enjoying the day. We saw many beach murres and one unknown species of bird. There hasn't been a lot of trash on our mile of beach. During the winter storms a sand bluff was created/carved out and I don't know if this had an effect on trash, but we have found less trash since. We found plastic, tshirt, and misc trash. We saw 3 pelicans and 1 osprey flying by during our cleanup.

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255 bballentine 07/19/2017

Beautiful sunny day. Beach was the cleanest we have seen in 5 years monitoring. Found three fireworks casings near beach houses other than that very little trash. No styrofoam, no bottles, no cut lumber, no fishing gear. Crab and shrimp molt at high tide line. 

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300 marko 07/19/2017 DISPATCH

Unusual increase in dead grebes on Mile 300.

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325 dicknfamily 07/19/2017

Another beautiful day in Gearhart at mile 325, amazing to see the gray whales migrating through and spending the better part of the day just offshore.  In the last few weeks I've enjoyed sighting bald eagles (including 2 pairs in close proximity about a week ago), a post-partum female elk (which was subsequently darted and relocated along with her calf to God's Valley off highway 53 - this after charging a dog and owner - see previous Dispatch), and now gray whales.

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190 LyndaC 07/18/2017

A beautiful July day, the coast  being enjoyed by a large number of people, Devil's Churn parking lot filled.  We visited at low tide, 0.7 enabling us to walk far out on beach and rewarded by seeing at least 50 seastars.    Next day we visited Neptune beach again at low tide and delighted to see 100s of seastars at that location, healthy plump adults as well as juveniles, an exciting sight following the die off of recent years.

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310 newton 07/17/2017

2 people walking with a loose dog

3 dead common murres (no tags)

more sand on the beach (from the ocean not man)

nothing unusual or out of the ordinary

filled up a 5 gal bucket with human litter mostly picnic stuff

 

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219 m219walker 07/16/2017

Sunny day, moderate wind from NW. 3 surfers, 12 runner/walkers, 2 playing in sand. Two dead Common Murres. Construction going on for Ernest Block Wayside.

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325 dicknfamily 07/15/2017 DISPATCH

For the past two weeks (approx July 1-15) I've been walking twice a day between the D. Street trail south along the beach at Mile 325, around the bend to Little Beach over the Necanicum river estuary mud flats.  The weather has been gorgeous - 65 F and sunny most afternoons after partly cloudy mornings. Please see a few photographs below of the general area. Notable sightings (see photos below) include two pairs of Bald Eagles on July 13, 2017 at the south end of the beach near the river, and a single female post-partum elk at about 7:30 am on July 14 between the D and G street trails in the dunes. This elk was reported by the City of Gearhart to have charged an off leash dog later the same day.  In June of both 2015 and 2016 I encountered what I think is the same female elk while walking in the dunes south of G street. Both years she chased me and my dog off the trail - I had apparently gotten in between her and her calf. In 2015 a day after the first encounter my son spotted and photographed the calf near the same area. This year I saw her before entering the dunes, and walked my dogs away from the area.

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291 cemilligan 07/09/2017

Driving down 101 from the intersection of highways 26 and 101, my husband, our dogs, and I were very excited to get to our mile. The sun was shining, the surf looked wonderful, and we were excited to get out of the stifling Portland heat.  Until we arrived at Rockaway Beach.  We entered a pocket of clouds, a strong breeze (borderline wind) coming from the north, and chilly conditions overall.  The thermometer on the car said it was 68 degrees, however it seemed much cooler.  However, despite all this we were dedicated to the cause and to patrolling our mile, as we assumed there would be a great deal of litter to pick up and remove from the beach considering the recent Independence Day holiday.  When we arrived, there were very few people on the beach, only about five scattered diehard vacationers were either running up and down the beach, or making sandcastles.  It appeared that this area had been experiencing a lot of consistent wind lately as the entire beach had large sand drifts.  In comparison to previous patrols, it appeared that a lot of the driftwood had either been moved to make forts, or burned in the campfires that had taken place over the last two summer months.  We were pleasantly surprised that there was not near as much litter and debris as we expected.  Compared to our usual 4 bags of trash, we only picked up 2.5 today.  Most of it consisted of remnants of firework displays, beer drinking, and s'more making.  We came upon one smoldering fire pit, which we smothered with sand.  Due to the wind, there were very few birds on the beach. I only counted 4 gulls the entire time we were out.  We did not come upon any dead birds or other stranded animals. The high tideline had a considerable amount of tiny crustaceans, while the lowtide line consisted of black pebbles and seaweed.  There was some interesting new vegetation on the beach. Tons of small, little flowery plants had sprung up over the past couple months.  Finally, the main channel of the creek that is located towards the north end of our mile has really changed course.  This will unfortunately be our last post on this mile as we are relocating back to our home state of Alaska.  We have loved the priviledge of patrolling this mile, and will miss the Oregon coast oh so much.  I hope whomever takes over this patrol will love and care for this awesome strip of beach!

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