Mile 101 Dispatch

September 4, 2022
by beachnut

Face Rock, Bandon Beach, Coquille Point
Sunday 6:30 AM
Party cloudy
55° F
Calm/Light from the N
Tide Level:
4.7 ft
Humans / Pets:
Activity Comments:
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Fish & Invertebrates:
New Development:
Natural Changes:

A great number -- 75 -- jellies were washed up from Coquille Point south. Most of them were dinner plate in diameter and all were clear in body.  

Other Mile 101 Reports (80)


January 16, 2023 - SEAgroup
A large crane is still parked on the bluff south of Coquille Point, and is involved in constructing a chute or funicular going down to a house near the beach.Stairway down to the beach from the...


November 15, 2022 - SEAgroup
A large crane has been stationed on top of the bluff just south of Coquille Point for several weeks, doing some sort of construction or restoration work above one of the houses that sits just above...
August 3, 2022 - Garrett101
A typical summer morning at low tide with many visitors walking along the beach. USFW volunteers were present at Coquille Point.  Two resting seals on the rocks. Most people were taking photos and...
July 16, 2022 - beachnut
7 dead common murres were in the mid-tide zone on the north side below Coquille Point. 5 were small juveniles. No apparent cause of death. 
April 22, 2022 - Garrett101
Nothing out of the ordinary 
January 24, 2022 - Garrett101
Very nice day on the beach, little if any wind, clean beach and sunny skies.  Only item of note were good numbers of Common Mures on the rocks for this time of the season.  


September 13, 2021 - Garrett101
Very nice day on the beach, a fair number of folks on beach, very few birds on the islands, Gulls and Cormorants mostly.  One dieing harbor seal just north of mile 101 being proteted by stranding...
June 16, 2021 - Garrett101
Nice day on beach but very windy (20kts), clean beaches very little debris. Lots of people (more than I've ever seen on my walks). Fish & Wildlife/SEA volunteers at Coquille Point (2) protecting...
  • Common Murre
March 31, 2021 - Garrett101
Increasing numbers of ochre sea stars, one visitor climbing on stack,  see actions & comments
January 19, 2021 - Garrett101
Rock climbing, pyrosomes, rocky beach


October 23, 2020 - Garrett101
Very nice day on the beach, very little wildlife or debris on beach, lots of people & kelp flies.
August 10, 2020 - Garrett101
May 29, 2020 - Garrett101
Normal bird and seal (including several pups) activitie, strong north wind, nothing of note.
April 13, 2020 - Garrett101
Nice morning on the beach, cleanest I've seen the beach in some time.  Face Rock SP wayside closed, exited beach at marker 152, about 1/2 mi south of FR
February 26, 2020 - Garrett101
Nothing of note.


November 29, 2019 - beachnut
A dead harbor seal occupied the mid-tidal area several yards south of the 8th St. stairs but not as far as the Coquille Point pass to Elephant Rock. No injuries were apparent except for pecked-out...
November 16, 2019 - Garrett101
Nice day on the beach, saw a few gulls and comorants, heard but not see BOC's.  Most impressive find was the Red Footed Bobby or what appears to be one, picture included.
September 30, 2019 - Garrett101
Nice morning for a beach walk, not much to report, only one dead bird (murre) , picked up a few pices of plastic trash but not much, gulls, cormorrants, geese  and a couple BOC's were the only...
July 12, 2019 - Garrett101
Beach walk include 9 SEA members and new Coast Watch coorinator Jesse Jones.  More dead birds than we have seen in past, one dead Harbor seal (old & has previously been reported to MMS network)...
June 29, 2019 - beachnut
A very thin Guadalupe fur seal is dead in the high-tide zone below Coquille Point, north of Elephant Rock. It was roughly in the same area yesterday and barely alive. Photos sent to Jim Rice and...
May 17, 2019 - beachnut
A harbor seal pup, half white and half gray, was resting on the Elephant Rock side of the rocky pass below Coquille Point minutes before 6 a.m. close to low tide of 0.8 feet. There were several signs...
May 11, 2019 - Garrett101
Pretty uneventful walk, we did place flags ind information sigins around seal pups and spoke with visitors about keeping some distance from pups
May 9, 2019 - beachnut
A lively seal pup was resting among the rocks close to the receding tide below Coquille Point, near Elephant Rock, at about 6 a.m. I noticed drag tracks in the same general area the day before, so...
March 9, 2019 - Garrett101
Beautiful sunny morning, lite wind, a bit on the cool side.  No shore birds, some gulls, a few crab shells, not much on beach with exception of a lot of tree debris (driftwood) high on beach.  A...


November 7, 2018 - Garrett101
Documented access signs to beach. 2 dead birds,  deer tracks  State park employee asked two people to get down off the rocks at Coquille point.  Noted debris on the bluff.
  • acces pt 8th st
  • Deer tracks on beach
  • access pt Face Rock
  • State Park employee
  • people on rocks
  • debris on bluff
October 24, 2018 - beachnut
A much-degraded pup of a marine mammal washed up on the night high tide several yards north of the 11th St. stairs at Coquille Point. Even Jim Rice couldn't tell for sure whether it was a sea lion or...
June 19, 2018 - beachnut
A newly dead female Steller sea lion washed up just south of the 11th St. Stairs at Coquille Point. No injuries were apparent, apart from pecked-out eyes. Photos were sent to Jim Rice, and the...
May 31, 2018 - beachnut
The dead sea lion on Mile 101 between 8th St. stairs and the passes toward Elephant Rock is gone. Sometime since yesterday morning, a piece of heavy equipment dug in the area where the sea lion lay....
May 28, 2018 - beachnut
A harbor seal pup stayed in the same general area below Coquille Point from May 15 to May 28, when I found it dead on the high-tide line. Initially, it moved around and even went into the ocean. But...
May 22, 2018 - beachnut
I've been watching a harbor seal pup below Coquille Point since May 15. It is alert and hugs the rocks and high-tide areas around the two passes near Elephant Rock. I have yet to see its mother on...
January 29, 2018 - Mike Mueller
Observed normal high and low tide movement of sand and exposure of rocky areas.


August 10, 2017 - Volunteer Trainer
murre alive/ in distress on the beach.  Photo by Gary Meunier
  • murre alive/ in distress on the beach.  Photo by Gary Meunier
March 6, 2017 - Mike Mueller
Sorry no photos this time.


October 28, 2016 - Mike Mueller
The only noticeable difference was that a lot of the areas that had exposed intertidal areas last summer were covered up by sand.
August 1, 2016 - Mike Mueller
My mile looked to be the average condition it always is with more visitors caused by the summer vacations.


July 24, 2015 - bandonandy
Dead sea lion on the beach for a few days. Appears to be adult. On the beach opposite the Sunset Motel (see photo).
  • Animal on beach down from Sunset Motel; see in the background of the photo.
July 20, 2015 - beachnut
Fifteen Common murres--14 of them youngsters--lay dead in the high-tide line from Table Rock south to Face Rock this morning. There was no sign of injury, but they did appear a bit thin. This may be...
May 9, 2015 - beachnut
I've been watching this baby seal for 4 days. Day 1 saw it active, the rest not at all. Its position has not changed and it appears to be dead. However, the birds and other critters have not touched...
  • Baby seal dead on the beach
May 7, 2015 - beachnut
Reporting a dead harbor seal on the high-tide line at the very northern edge of Mile 101 below Coquille Point. It has been there several days, and now the head has been picked over by birds: turkey...
  • A dead harbor seal lays on the high-tide area at the northern edge of Mile 101 just below Coquille Point.


December 5, 2014 - beachnut
A white baby harbor seal is alive and alert on the south side of the rocky pass near Elephant Rock, just below the point at Coquille Point. There is no place the mother can shift it because high tide...
November 30, 2014 - Doug C
Beautiful sunny day between two days of rain. Over 30 people were observed; 4 were horseback riding. Dead Cassin's auklets were found for the first time on this mile. New signs with location numbers...
October 30, 2014 - beachnut
A dead marine mammal, approximately 7-plus feet in length, was at the base of the rocks just east of Elephant Rock. It apparently came in with the morning's high tide because it was not there...
October 27, 2014 - beachnut
Two pelicans' bodies occupy the storm high-tide line just below the three-level motel units fronting Beach Loop Rd. No tags or obvious signs of injury. They could be part of the large group of...
September 30, 2014 - Doug C
Sunny day with calm wind brought out a couple dozen people. Piles of kelp, squid egg cases and velella velella jellyfish were present in the wrack, primarily on mile 102, but some were on mile 101. A...
August 31, 2014 - Doug C
Sunny,warm, low wind day brought out 93 people on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend. 12 dead birds counted, mostly gulls. One dead seal. ATV tracks observed in an area where they are not allowed.
  • Portable fire pit with litter about 2 feet in diameter.
  • Dead seal with head buried in sand. Over five feet long.
August 18, 2014 - beachnut
A heads-up about an apparently dead marine mammal (think it's a sea lion) of about 6.5 feet in length opposite the southern end of Elephant Rock in Bandon. It has been there two mornings in a row,...
June 29, 2014 - beachnut
Just a quickie to report on what may, and I stress may, possibly be tsunami wreckage on this mile which I walk most days, though it's not in my brief. So, it is a large and heavy plastic grid of...


November 30, 2013 - Doug C
Nice day with about 40 people about. Found a dead Red Phalarope, the first in walking the mile for about 4 years. COASST notified. Shoreline content was the typical natural elements of shells ,...
  • Smoldering fire below Beach Loop Drive vacation rentals with beer cans and bottles.
October 19, 2013 - beachnut
The Northern Elephant Seal that had been resting (?) below the Beach Loop motel complex since 10/14 moved on back to sea, apparently during the high tide of Friday afternoon. I hope he's happy to be...
October 14, 2013 - beachnut
A not too lively elephant seal was beached above the high-tide line below the multi-level motel structure along Beach Loop Dr. It did not appear to be injured and was well fed, according to the...
April 24, 2013 - beachnut
A photographer stationed just north of Elephant Rock asked me if I had seen an eagle swoop down for a gull breakfast awaiting it on Elephant Rock. The photog said this has happened several times...
April 11, 2013 - Doug C
Viewed the beach around sunset on a calm day. 15 people were also out enjoying the view. There appeared to be a small photography class. Golf balls were found in the wrack and on the beach, but...
March 22, 2013 - beachnut
For the second time in two weeks, I've encountered a golfer chipping balls into the ocean. It was 7:30 a.m. on an otherwise empty beach, apart from me and two leashed dogs. This golfer was between...


June 29, 2012 - Doug C
About 19 pe0ple were primarily walking the beach on a cloudy Friday morning. Only two of seven dogs were leashed, however, these dogs with adults walked through a flock of gulls, disturbing them...
  • Seven Harbor Seals were hauled out on the rocks just in front of Elephant Rock at Coquille Point.
May 28, 2012 - Doug C
Partly cloudy, very nice Memorial Day. Over 60 people out and about with eight dogs, several of which were unleashed. Low tide had exposed some rocks on the beach. Wrack was minimal. Noticed some...
April 12, 2012 - Doug C
Observed the beach during intermittent clouds and sprinkles. Five people out walking attending two unleashed dogs. Tide was low (0.0 feet); beach was clean probably as a result of recent storms....


December 26, 2011 - Doug C
This was just a visit to see the dead Gray Whale, not the full mile. High tide was receding. It had rotated the animal from right side up to having it lay on its right side. Approx. 38 feet long,...
  • Dead, 38 feet long
December 2, 2011 - Doug C
Nice calm Friday at low tide, three people walking on a sunny day. Found a 5-foot juvenile Northern Elephant Seal stranded high on the beach. Animal was moving flippers and its head, but ceased...
October 25, 2011 - Doug C
Clear, crisp Fall day, 16 people walking, three dogs, about 10 vehicles at the Face Rock and Coquille access points. Wildlife mostly off-shore on rocks. Driftline had more sea palm kelp than usual...
June 5, 2011 - Doug C
Calm, overcast day with a lots of people (29). It was the first time we saw two separate groups of people climbing on offshore rocks. Attempted to notify authorities and spoke to one climber. Shells...
  • Two men fishing from an offshore rock
  • Rock climber at offshore rock directly out from the Face Rock Wayside parking lot.
  • Several (4 or 5) structures had been assembled along the mile, mostly at the mid- to north-end.
April 4, 2011 - Doug C
Overcast, wind at 11 mph. Beach very clean. Driftwood high on the beach. Some sand erosion noted at the Coquille Point stairs. Sea lion reported earlier is now primarily a skeleton from the upper...
February 2, 2011 - Doug C
Beautiful sunny day at near low tide. The beach was remarkably clean. Four people walking, checking tide pools and rocks. One dead sea lion was found at the base of the stairs at the Face Rock...
  • Probably a California Sea Lion, about 12 feet long, skull largely missing, two small holes in body due to birds feeding.


November 18, 2010 - Doug C
Caught some sun between storms as did eight other people walking the beach. Tides had been high so the wrack was high with logs, seaweed and ocean-borne debris. Gulls dominated the sky and beach....
  • Seal, a little over 5 feet long, was high on the beach.  Gull foot prints were around the head and tail which were punctured.
October 3, 2010 - Doug C
Nice partly sunny October day, winds maybe 10 mph, consequently 21 people were out, mostly walking. Eight (8) dogs, all but one unleashed, few under control. Numerous structures built with...
  • Found numerous jellyfish about 4-7 inches in diameter with short tentacles.
  • Evidence of a fire in the driftwood pile at the base of the bluff.
  • Structure south of the Coquille Point stairs, about 15x25 feet.
February 17, 2010 - beachnut
Heavy maritime fog could not hide the ATV tracks entering the beach at the posted access near Tish A Tang. The tracks proceeded south in the wet sand left by the recent high tide. I'm unsure how far...


December 21, 2009 - beachnut
I guess no one told the remaining flock of pelicans that they need to fly south. But they're still here fishing or seeking food beyond Elephant and Table rocks. The ones I could count with the naked...
December 2, 2009 - beachnut
Just for the record, I've observed a live marine mammal for two days where there should be none. I first spotted it lying in a runoff stream at the base of the Face Rock stairway, between the cliff...
November 29, 2009 - Doug C
Nice sunny, quiet day. Crisp temperature, moderate winds from the north. Tide was 0.0 ft and had been at 7.5 feet prior to our walk. Water had been sufficiently high to flatten all the sand from...
  • 4.5-inch fish on the beach.
  • Heavy driftwood buildup at the base of the Coquille Point stairs at 11th Street.
  • Brown Pelicans and gulls were densely packed on the north end of Elephant Rock and its surroundings, and flying in large numbers in the moderate breeze about 30 minutes before sunset.  This was also true of Table Rock and Face Rock.
November 24, 2009 - beachnut
A very dead and degraded marine mammal (sorry, the smell was too vile to approach closer) lay on the high tide line slightly north of the steps at the Coquille Point access. Pboto included.Further...
  • degraded, unidentified dead marine mammal.
  • pelican unable to fly and hanging out in the incoming surf.
November 18, 2009 - beachnut
A dead, unbanded pelican that I observed two days ago is still on the high line opposite Table Rock, though much diminished because of hungry crows. They drew my attention to the body initially in...
November 2, 2009 - beachnut
A dead, unbanded pelican was in the high-tide line at the cluster of rocks just south of the Sunset motel beach cabins.Large flocks of pelicans are fishing offshore and resting on Table Rock in...
August 8, 2009 - Doug C
Sunny Saturday, moderate wind, thirty people including kids, 6 dogs (4 unleashed). Dead bird population was high (6 immature gulls and 11 immature Common Murres, 3 adult Common Murres, 7 immature...
  • Wind generated dune forms each summer at the base of the Face Rock Wayside.
  • Dead Harbor seal pup about 34 inches long
May 25, 2009 - Doug C
Sunny Memorial Day, strong winds and low tide. 55 people out and about, walking, tidepooling and playing in the sand. Harbor Seals (about 12) were hauled our with their pups (about 6) on the rocks...
March 17, 2009 - Doug C
Sunny Tuesday with enough wind to fly a kite. 17 people, 8 dogs - all unleashed. Most people were walking (9), three were tidepooling and a couple were sitting or flying a kite in the light wind....
January 26, 2009 - Doug C
Just a brief note - sighted a bald eagle flying north over the beach at the level of the cliff. Beautiful bird, beautiful day.


December 23, 2008 - Doug C
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...
  • Harbor Seal at Coquille Point, 48 inches long, no skull
  • Erosion near beach level, some likely due to recent storms.
  • Second house under construction also has exposed drainage pipes.
  • Recent storms pushed large piles of Bull Kelp high on the beach
  • Small structure built at edge of beach had some concentration of trash and a tire
August 15, 2008 - Doug C
Foggy day with heavy human use (35)- 26 walking, one taking photographs and 8 doing Tai Chi. Sea Palm and Bull Kelp littered the surf line in larger than normal quantities. Birds were close-in....
  • Black Oystercatcher with Whimbrel at Face Rock Beach


September 13, 2007 - [email protected]
Wood pieces in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in the surfline and moving in response to humans and dogs. One dead bird. Heavy human impact (32)-20 walking, 2 photographing and 2 tidepooling....
June 8, 2007 - [email protected]
Kelp/algae, shells, animal casings, small rocks, wood pieces and one large piece of Styrofoam in driftline. Shorebirds foraging in surf and moving in response to humans. Gulls, crows and blackbirds...
March 21, 2007 - D Bilderback
Common Murre on the rocks. A couple of Oystercatchers observed. Many purple and orange sea stars and anemones on rocks. A large amount of drift logs washed up during winter storms. One dead bird....
  • Rhinoceros Auklet